Professor Kara L. Nelson has joined the College of Engineering leadership team as Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion. She replaces materials science professor Oscar Dubón, who held this post since its creation in 2011. As a result of his commitment, vision, and the difference he has made at the College, Dubón was recently named Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion for the campus at large.
Since joining the CEE faculty in 2001, Kara has focused on novel approaches to improve water infrastructure to address sustainability and reduce the threat posed by waterborne pathogens around the world.
She was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at a White House ceremony in 2004. She is co-Director of Diversity and a Research Thrust Leader at the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Reinventing our Nation’s Water Infrastructure.