Meet the Chair

Mark WiesnerMark Wiesner, a recognized global leader in the civil and environmental engineering community, became chair of Duke’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department on July 1, 2015.

Wiesner, who holds the James L. Meriam Professorship of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has made many important contributions to the research literature since his arrival at Duke in 2006, primarily focused on the potential for nanoparticles to accumulate in the environment.

In addition to his duties as chair of CEE, Wiesner continues his leadership of the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT), which began in 2008 and was recently renewed by the NSF and EPA.

His research leadership has earned him recent accolades such as the 2011 NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research, and his induction in 2015 into the National Academy of Engineering — one of the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer in the United States.