BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Alan J. Rabideau, PhD, professor of civil,
structural and environmental engineering at the University at
Buffalo, has been named to a National Academy of Sciences' National
Research Council panel that will study hazardous waste sites with
"recalcitrant" contamination that hinders their closure.
The panel's project, "Future Options for Management in the
Nation's Subsurface Remediation Effort," will explore ways to
improve hazardous waste management at thousands of sites where
subsurface contaminants create problems for site closure, possibly
threatening public water supplies.
In order to minimize risk in working toward site closure and
long-term management, the panel will address the size of the
problem, current capabilities, correlation of removal and risk, the
future of treatment technologies and better decision making for the
The panel will issue a report in approximately 32 months. More
information is at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=49152.
Rabideau studies subsurface remediation, developing computer
models to accurately represent how contaminants are transported in
groundwater; he also studies decision making for environmental and
In remediation work he is conducting with West Valley
Environmental Services, Rabideau is testing materials aimed at
removing strontium-90 from groundwater. He also is working with
other UB researchers to evaluate what has hindered the success of
some groundwater remediation projects and how to improve outcomes
in the future.
With a total of more than $7 million in research grants,
Rabideau has been funded by the NSF, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and private industry. He was a recipient of the
2004 Brigham Award for outstanding service from the New York Water
Environment Association and a co-recipient of the 2001 American
Society of Civil Engineers' Rudolf Hering medal for the best paper
in environmental engineering.
A UB faculty member since 1993, Rabideau directs the National
Science Foundation-funded Integrated Graduate Education and
Research Training program in Ecosystem Restoration through
Interdisciplinary Exchange. Students in the program from seven
academic departments conduct research projects focused on restoring
ecosystems in Western New York.
He also served as director of UB's Environment and Society
Institute and coordinated the development of UB's bachelor of
science degree program in environmental engineering.
Rabideau has a doctoral degree from the University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill; he is currently pursuing a graduate degree in
philosophy at UB.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.