Professor Colette Heald has been appointed as associate department head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), effective July 1. In this department leadership role, she also will chair CEE’s Undergraduate Education Committee.
“I am very excited about Professor Heald’s appointment and thank her for her willingness to serve in this important role,” said CEE department head and McAfee Professor of Engineering Markus J. Buehler.
Heald is one of three EAPS faculty with a primary affiliation in CEE. CEE faculty Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Professor Dara Entekhabi, and recent appointee associate professor Ruben Juanes also hold joint appointments in EAPS.
Heald, who won the American Geophysics Union James B. Macelwane Medal last year in recognition of her significant contributions to the geophysical sciences, joined MIT in 2012. A graduate of Queen’s University and Harvard University, she studies atmospheric gases and particles, and how they affect air quality and climate. Over the last several years, Heald has advanced the overall understanding of the environmental impacts of both particles and gases and presented her studies on environmental interactions on food crops at the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Story Image: Colette Heald describes her current work as “trying to understand the sources, transformation, and impact of gases and particles in the atmosphere, which is very dynamic with a lot of chemical compounds that interact.” Photo Credit: Bryce Vickmark