Groundwater Prize - 10th Award


Linda Abriola - Brown University, USA

Dr. Abriola’s has carried out pioneering research on toxic Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (DNAPLs’) in groundwater, ranging from the simulation of their fate to effective methods for cleaning contaminated sites. She developed the first mathematical model to appear in the hydrology literature to describe the interphase mass partitioning and non-aqueous phase migration of organic liquid contaminants in the subsurface. This work and her subsequent multiphase flow modelling investigations have been widely relied upon by others.

Winner Profile

Dr. Linda Abriola

Dr. Abriola is the Joan Wernig and E. Paul Sorensen Professor of Engineering, Chemical and Environmental Engineering Faculty, Brown University.


• 1983 – PhD; Princeton University (Civil Engineering)
• 1980 – MS; Princeton University (Civil Engineering)
• 1979 – MA; Princeton University (Civil Engineering)
• 1976 – BS; Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Civil Engineering)

Selected Awards:

2022 – Drexel University Alumni Association Award for Service to the Profession
2021 – InterPore Rosette Award for significant contributions to InterPore activities
2013 – Engineering Leader of the Year Award, Drexel University
2012 – SERDP Environmental Restoration Project of the Year Award
2006 – SERDP Environmental Restoration Project of the Year Award
1998 – College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Michigan
1997 – Excellence in Service Award, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Michigan
1996 – Outstanding Educator Award, Association for Women Geoscientists
1994 – College of Engineering Research Excellence Award, The University of Michigan
1991 – National Science Foundation Faculty Award for Women Scientists and Engineers
1985 – National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award
1976 – Outstanding Senior Award, Drexel University Alumni Association



Acceptance Speech


Winning Work

[1] Yang, L., X. Wang, I. Mendoza-Sanchez, and L.M. Abriola. 2018. Modeling the influence of coupled mass transfer processes on mass flux downgradient of heterogeneous DNAPL source zones, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology,

[2] Arshadi, M., De Paolis Kaluza, M. C., Miller, E. L., & Abriola, L. M. 2020. Subsurface source zone characterization and uncertainty quantification using discriminative random fields, Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR026481.

[3] Yang, L., J. P. Hnatko, J. L. Elsey, J. A. Christ, K. D. Pennell, N. L. Cápiro, and L. M. Abriola. 2021. Exploration of Processes Governing Microbial Reductive Dechlorination in a Heterogeneous Aquifer Flow Cell, Water Research, Volume 193 (2021) 116842.

[4] Mohammadnejad, H., B.A. Marion, A. A. Kmetz, K. P. Johnson, K.D. Pennell, and L.M. Abriola. 2021. Development and Experimental Evaluation of a Mathematical Model to Predict Polymer-Enhanced Nanoparticle Mobility in Heterogeneous Formations, Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2021, 8, 470, DOI: 10.1039/D0EN00995D.

[5] Costanza, J., M. Arshadi, L. M. Abriola, and K. D. Pennell. 2019. Accumulation of PFOA and PFOS at the air-water interface, Environ Sci and Technol Letters, 6(8), 487-491..

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