Sharon Walker

Sharon Walker

Dean of the College of Engineering
Distinguished Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Office of the Dean

Sharon Walker

Dean of the College of Engineering
Distinguished Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Office of the Dean

Biography

Sharon Walker received her PhD in Environmental Engineering, from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Yale University in 2004. She earned her MS in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale in 2000 and two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Southern California in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Studies in 1998. Dr. Walker is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Association of Women in Science (AWIS), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She is also a member of Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and Golden Key honor societies. She was a faculty advisor to the UC Riverside Alpha Beta chapter of Tau Beta Pi and the Society of Women Engineers UCR chapter. She was awarded the 2008 Woman of Distinction Award by the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council for her outreach efforts in Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and the 2011 Chancellor's Award for mentoring undergraduates in research. Other honors include her Fulbright Scholarship at Ben Gurion University in Israel (2009-2010) and an ELATE fellowship (2014-2015). Dr. Walker had served as the Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs at BCOE (2015-2016) and Associate Dean of the Graduate Division at UCR (2014-2015).

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2004
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, Yale University, 2000
  • BS, Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California, 1998

Research Interests

Water Quality Systems Engineering

Academic Distinctions

  • AEESP/Mary Ann Liebert Award for Publication Excellence in Environmental Engineering Science, 2018 
  • Fulbright Fellowship (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel) 2018-2019
  • Fellow, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) 2017
  • Environmental Science and Technology Journal;s Excellent Reviewer Award 2014
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement 2011
  • NSF Career Award 2010-2015
  • Fulbright Fellowship 2009-2010
  • John Babbage Chair in Environmental Engineering 2005-2018
  • Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Award 2008
  • UC Regents Faculty Fellowship 2005, 2007
  • UC Faculty Senate Research Award 2005, 2008
  • Tau Beta Pi- National Engineering Honors Society - member
  • Chi Epsilon- Civil Engineering Honors Society – member
  • Regents' Faculty Fellowship/Faculty Development Award, 9/2005
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellowship 2001-2004
  • American Chemical Society Certificate of Merit, Environmental Chemistry Division 2003
  • American Chemical Society Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry 2002
  • National Water Research Institute Graduate Fellowship 2000-2003

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