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Akram N. Alshawabkeh

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education,  Office of the Dean
George A. Snell Professor of Engineering,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director,  PROTECT Superfund Research Center
Director,  Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico (CRECE)

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Office

  • 617.373.3994

Research Focus

Geoenvironmental engineering, soil and groundwater remediation; electrokinetic and electrochemical processes; contaminant fate and transport environmental restoration

Education

  • PhD, Louisiana State University, 1994
  • MS, Jordan University of Science & Technology, 1990
  • BE, Yarmouk University, 1988

Licensure

  • Professional Engineer: Louisiana

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 ASCE Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award
  • 2009 Transportation Research Board, Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2005-2006 Fulbright Scholar – Jordan
  • 2004 College of Engineering Outstanding Researcher Award, NU
  • 2004 Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award
  • 2001 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow
  • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Jordan Engineer Society
  • The US Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research

Research Overview

Geoenvironmental engineering, soil and groundwater remediation; electrokinetic and electrochemical processes; contaminant fate and transport environmental restoration

Selected Research Projects

  • Electrochemically-Induced in Situ Degradation of Legacy Munitions and Insensitive High Explosives in Manufacturing Wastewater
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program
  • Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes in Puerto Rico (ECHO-PRO)
    • – Principal Investigator and Director, National Institutes of Health
  • Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT)
    • – Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health
  • Research Opportunities for Undergraduates: Training in Environmental Health Sciences (ROUTES)
    • – Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health

Selected Publications

  • A.L. Cathey, D.J. Watkins, Z.Y. Rosario, C. Velez, A. Alshawabkeh, J.F. Cordero, J.D. Meeker, Associations of Phthalates and Phthalate Replacements with CRH and Other Hormones Among Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico, Journal of the Endocrine Society, 3(6), 2019, Pages 1127–1149
  • A. Aker, K.K. Ferguson, Z.Y. Rosario, A.M. Calafat, X. Ye, A. Alshawabkeh, J.F. Cordero, J.D. Meeker, A Repeated Measures Study of Phenol, Paraben, and Triclocarban Urinary Biomarkers and Circulating Maternal Hormones During Gestation in the Puerto Rico PROTECT Cohort, Environmental Health, 18(1), 2019, 28
  • W. Zhou, X. Meng, J. Gao, A.N. Alshawabkeh, Hydrogen Peroxide Generation from O2 Electroreduction for Environmental Remediation: A State-of-the-Art Review, Chemosphere, 225, 2019, 588-607

Faculty

Jul 30, 2019

Larese-Casanova, Alshawabkeh, Fernandez Awarded DoD SERDP Grant

CEE Associate Professor Philip Larese-Casanova (PI), Assistant Professor Loretta Fernandez, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Akram Alsahwabkeh were awarded a $760K grant from the DoD’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) for “Electrochemically-Induced in situ Degradation of Legacy Munitions and Insensitive High Explosives in Manufacturing Wastewater.”

Graduate

Oct 16, 2018

New Pedestrian Bridge Connects ISEC to Main Campus

Early in the morning of October 14th, Northeastern hosted a Midnight Masters Class prior to the installation of a 132-foot long section of the Pedestrian Crossing bridge that will link to two sides of the Northeastern campus over the MBTA tracks.

Faculty

Sep 12, 2018

$13.2M NIH Award for Environmental Influences of Child Health Outcomes in Puerto Rico

CEE Professor Akram Alshawabkeh has been awarded $13.2M over five years from the National Institutes of Health to lead a renewal of the multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research project, entitled, “Environmental Influences of Child Health Outcomes in Puerto Rico (ECHO-PRO).

Undergraduate

Dec 13, 2017

Determining the Environmental Health of Puerto Rico

Alejandro Rovira, S’19, spent his co-op working with the Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) and the Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development (CRECE), led by CEE Professor and COE Associate Dean of Research Akram Alshawabkeh, to determine the environmental health of those in Puerto Rico.

Faculty

Dec 01, 2017

Assessing Water Quality After a Storm

CEE Professors April Gu (PI), Akram Alshawabkeh (co-PI), and Assistant Professor Ameet Pinto (co-PI) were awarded a $100K NSF grant to determine a “Timely Assessment of Water Quality to Reveal the Potential Ecological and Health Impact of Hurricanes at Puerto Rico”.

Jul 19, 2016

Working with the Community to Determine Environmental Health

NIEHS director Linda Birnbaum spoke at the Alumni Center on the importance of PROTECT's first multi-country study Zika in Infants and Pregnancy (ZIP). Source: News @ Northeastern “You can’t change your genes, but you can change your environment.” So said Linda Birn­baum, director of the National Insti­tutes of Health’s National Insti­tute of Envi­ron­mental Health Sci­ences, […]

Jul 07, 2016

Field Application of IPS for Liquefaction Mitigation

CEE Professors Mishac Yegian and Akram Alshawabkeh were awarded a $342K NSF grant for "Field Application of Induced Partial Saturation (IPS) for Liquefaction Mitigation".

Sep 21, 2015

COE Receives 12th Federally Funded Center

CEE Professor Akram Alshawabkeh and his team were awarded a $2.9M federally funded grant for a “Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico (CRECE).”

Jun 02, 2014

Northeastern Awarded NIH Grant to Study Links Between Contaminants, Preterm Birth

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has received a five-​​year, $13.5 mil­lion award from the National Insti­tutes of Health to con­tinue its inter­dis­ci­pli­nary inves­ti­ga­tion into the com­plex rela­tion­ship between envi­ron­mental con­t­a­m­i­na­tion and preterm birth. The multi-​​university research team pre­vi­ously received a $10 mil­lion NIH National Insti­tute of Envi­ron­mental Health Sci­ences’ Super­fund Research Pro­gram grant in 2010 to estab­lish the Puerto Rico Test­site for […]

May 23, 2012

Induced Partial Saturation Being Field Tested

CEE Professors Mishac Yegian and Akram Alshawabkeh were featured in ASCE Civil Engineering magazine for their upcoming field tests using Induced Partial Saturation (IPS) to prevent soil liquefaction during earthquakes.

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