Carrick Eggleston

Professor & Department Head
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
PhD Geochemistry Stanford University 1991
AB Earth Sciences Dartmouth College magna cum laude 1983
Expert Bio

Professor Eggleston's research is focused on natural materials and how they interact with the environment in which we live. His teaching interests include scientific and technical aspects of geochemistry, solar energy and semiconductor electrochemistry, surface and interface chemistry, and thermodynamics. Professor Eggleston says the next generation of civil, architectural, and environmental engineers must tackle the redesign and reconstruction of global infrastructure for new energy, transportation, food, water, and environmental systems. He has provided interviews on the various ways climate change is affecting infrastructure, in part, through more frequent heavy rainfall that challenges the capacity of drainage and stormwater management systems. He also has a demonstrated record of innovation as a co-inventor on multiple patents in the area of atomic force microscopy.

Boston 25
‘A lot of water in basements’: Growing number of climate disasters causing problems for homeowners

Climate change is challenging infrastructure like seawalls, drainage culverts, and wastewater systems. Carrick Eggleston, professor and head of WPI’s Department of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering explains that extreme rainfall is happening more frequently in New England, and in some places, a storm that used to have a 1 in 100 chance of happening in any given year now has a 1 in 8 chance of happening in any given year. Learn more about the effects of climate change on infrastructure in this Boston 25 News report.

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