Professor Lisa Alvarez-Cohen has been appointed Berkeley’s next Vice Provost for Academic Planning effective July 1, 2018.
Lisa is a world-class scholar with a long history of dedicated campus service.
She joined the campus faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and became a faculty scientist in the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area.
Lisa currently holds the Fred and Claire Sauer Professorship in Environmental Engineering, and her research focuses on the application of microbiological processes for the elimination of environmental contaminants.
She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and has received many honors for her excellence in research, teaching, and service to her field. She received her BA in Engineering and Applied Science from Harvard University, and her MS and PhD degrees in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University.
In addition to her many accomplishments in research and teaching, Lisa has an impressive record of campus service. She was the chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2007 to 2012. She has served on numerous Academic Senate committees including as chair of both the Committee on Educational Policy and the Graduate Council. Most notably, she is currently serving as the chair of the Academic Senate and the co-chair of UC Berkeley’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee.