Linsey Marr appointed Charles P. Lunsford Professor

Linsey Marr, professor of the civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Charles P. Lunsford Professor in Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Charles P. Lunsford Professorship was established in 1976 by Charles P. Lunsford II of C.L. Lunsford Sons & Izard Inc., of Roanoke, Virginia, to recognize and reward an outstanding faculty member in the College of Engineering’s Charles Edward Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The professorship is held for five years.

Over the past 14 years at Virginia Tech, Marr has established a highly regarded program in air quality engineering as air pollution has overtaken water quality and sanitation as the top environmental risk factor for disease worldwide. Marr’s research focuses on characterizing the emissions, fate, and transport of air pollutants in order to provide the scientific basis for improving air quality and health.

Marr has secured substantial external funding — approximately $17.3 million — from several funding sources, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Her research has been recognized with an NSF CAREER Award as well as a prestigious NIH New Innovator Award. She is among the small number of engineers selected for this award, conducting research studying the transmission of influenza viruses by bioaerosols. She was also selected to serve as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Grand Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Engineering and Science for the 21stCentury.

Marr has published a total of 81 peer-reviewed journal articles with more than 100 papers and presentations at conference and professional meetings. More than one-quarter of her papers have been published in Environmental Science & Technology/Environmental Science & Technology Letters, the leading journal in the field of environmental science and engineering.

In the classroom, Marr’s teaching evaluations in courses are very strong and reflect instruction at every level from the required junior-level introductory course to advanced graduate-level courses. She is known as a very demanding instructor and is at the same time well respected by her students.

Marr received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.