Patricia Culligan

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics

626 SW Mudd, Mail Code: 4709
Phone: +1 212-854-3154


Dr. Patricia Culligan is a Professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics at Columbia University. She also chairs the diversity initiatives committee at Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research focuses on applying geoengineering principles to the solution of problems related to subsurface contamination and remediation. Her particular interests include multiphase transport behavior in soils and fractured rock, including nonaqueous phase liquid behavior, colloid transport and transport in unsaturated media. She also has interest and experience in the design of land-based disposal sites for waste materials. Her current research focuses on experimental and theoretical modeling of problems involving subsurface non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) transport and remediation, colloid transport in porous media, unsaturated flows and alternative strategies for urban water and wastewater management. Dr. Culligan is the author or co-author of over 100 technical articles, including two books, three book chapters, and over 60 refereed journal and conference proceedings. Dr. Culligan has received numerous awards including the Arthur C. Smith Award for Undergraduate Service (1999) and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1999). She received a B.Sc. Hons. in Civil Engineering in 1982 from the University of Leeds and a M.Phil. in 1985 and a Ph.D. in 1989 from Cambridge University.

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