Gregory W. Characklis
Dr. Characklis has been on the
faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering since 2001. His
research interests involve developing solutions to environmental
challenges through systems-based approaches that integrate
consideration of both engineering and
economic principles. Specific areas of interest include the development
of improved strategies for managing water supply and treatment systems,
exploration of the economic and environmental tradeoffs in hydropower
generation, and the management of environmental financial risks. He
also directs several laboratory
and field studies that explore the role particles play in
microbial transport, research with particular relevance in the
development of water quality models used to evaluate the location and
severity of microbial contamination.
Prior to joining UNC, Dr. Characklis spent
two years as Director of Resource Development and Management at
Azurix Corp., where his responsibilities
centered around assessing the
technical and financial merits of water supply development projects
throughout the U. S., including most of the western states.
entering the private sector, he spent two years in Washington, D.C. as
a fellow with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) where he
co-authored a study on industrial environmental performance metrics for
U.S. manufacturers and conducted work related to market-based reform of
Dr. Characklis holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in
Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University and a B.S.
in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins
University. He and his wife Raquel have three children, daughters
(born 1999) and Kayla (born 2002), and son Will (born 2009).