Message Sent on Behalf of Dean Andreas Cangellaris:
I am pleased to announce that Benito Mariñas has accepted our offer to become the next Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Illinois. His appointment is effective February 16, 2015, pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Illinois has long been the top-ranked program for both graduate and undergraduate studies. That continuing recognition is the result of excellence across the board-outstanding research and scholarship, engaged teaching, and extensive public service. Benito's exceptional scholarship, his global stature as a thought leader and an innovator in processes and technologies for water sustainability and safety, and his record of successful leadership as interim head of CEE over the past year make him the perfect choice to head the department.
As the Ivan Racheff Professor of Environmental Engineering in CEE, Benito's research is characterized by a broad interdisciplinary approach. He is a leader in the area of mechanistic aspects of chemical and ultraviolet light disinfection processes, chemistry of nitrogenous disinfection by-product formation and control, and novel membrane technologies for controlling water-borne pathogens and chemical contaminants. His contributions in research and teaching have been recognized by multiple awards.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to the many faculty members who provided input into this process. Especially, I am most thankful to the members of the search committee-that included many of the department's top faculty leaders-for their diligent and extensive efforts to ensure that CEE will continue its legacy.
Congratulations to Benito. He is well prepared to lead CEE and I am confident in his ability to take it to the next level of excellence and national and global impact.
College of Engineering