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Kara L. Nelson

Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, College of Engineering, U.C. Berkeley
EDUCATION
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of California at Davis, September 2001
M.S.E. Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 1996
B.A. Biophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 1992

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
2017 – present Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, College of Engineering, U.C. Berkeley
2013 – present Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, U.C. Berkeley
2015 (Spring) Visiting Professor, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, ETH Zurich,
Switzerland
2015 (Spring) Visiting Researcher, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Sciences and Technology
(Eawag), Dubendorf, Switzerland
2014 (Fall) Fulbright-Colciencias Scholar, Cinara Institute, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
2008 – 2013 Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, U.C. Berkeley
2001 – 2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, U.C. Berkeley
1996 – 2001 Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant, Civil and Environmental Eng., U.C. Davis
1998 – 1999 Fulbright Fellow, Universidad National Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
1994 – 1996 Research Assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington
1992 – 1994 Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

HONORS AND AWARDS
2014 Fulbright Fellowship (Colombia), Fulbright Program, US Information Agency
2011 Award of Merit, Water Environment Foundation, Disinfection Committee
2004, 2005 P3 Award from U.S. EPA, Phase I and II (faculty advisor to winning student team)
2003 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), Office of
Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
2003 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
2001 Academic Enrichment Program Award, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1999 Dissertation Grant, University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States
1999 GAAAN Fellowship, University of California, Davis, CA
1998 Fulbright Fellowship (Mexico), Fulbright Program, US Information Agency
1997 Research Mentorship Fellowship, University of California, Davis, CA
1997 TOPS Fellowship, University of California, Davis, CA
1994, 1995 King Country Metro Graduate Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1988, 1989 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Fellowship, Oregon State
University, Corvallis, OR