100 Institute Road
Affiliated Department or Office
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
PhD Geochemistry Stanford University 1991
AB Earth Sciences Dartmouth College magna cum laude 1983

After the PhD and postdocs at the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG) and at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Eggleston became an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming in 1995. He had an NSF CAREER award 1998-2003, and spent a sabbatical leave working at EPFL in Lausanne and LCPME in Nancy, France. He was a Fulbright Scholar in south India 2012-2013, and part of an Interdisciplinary Fellowship team at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in both 2016 and 2017. He was head of the Department of Geology and Geophysics in Wyoming for three years before coming to WPI in 2019. Eggleston has research interests in photoelectrochemistry, semiconducting oxides, scanning probe microscopy applied to crystal growth and interfacial electron transfer, and also in climate change, energy transition, and global energy/environmental trajectory in the Earth System.

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

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SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 13: Climate Action - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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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.