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Dick Luthy is the Silas H. Palmer Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment. His area of teaching and research is environmental engineering and water quality. He is the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for re-inventing the nation’s urban water infrastructure ( that promotes new strategies for urban water systems to achieve more sustainable solutions to urban water challenges - especially in regions experiencing chronic water shortages and vulnerabilities to cycles of very low precipitation like the American west and southwest. In related work, his research investigates cost-effective and natural approaches for sediment restoration. 


Professor Luthy is a past chair of the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board and he has served on various NRC committees. He is a former President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a registered professional engineer, a board certified environmental engineer, and Water Environment Federation Fellow.