The Diversity in Water Speaker Series invites leaders in Ohio’s water industry from diverse backgrounds to discuss their careers, lend us their life lessons, and help lead the discussion on championing diversity within the water industry and in our day-to-day lives.
Dr. Allison MacKay is Professor and Chair of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at Ohio State University. She is leading the department at a time of strongstudent enrollments, recent faculty growth and rapidly changing civilinfrastructure needs and innovations. Her research program is directedtoward the fate of contaminants in engineered and natural aquatic systems.
Current project examples include developing better guidance for drinking water plant operators to manage the treatment of toxins from algae in reservoirs, and integrating advanced molecular computation tools to identify the binding mechanisms of contaminants in sediments and soils. Her teaching interests include chemical treatment processes and environmental sustainability.
She currently serves on the Department Heads Coordinating Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is President‐Elect of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors where she was instrumental in creating a national forum within this organization for environmental engineering program leaders.
Dr. MacKay holds Doctoral and Master degrees in Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering Science (Chemical Option) from the University of Toronto.