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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.

Recent Publications

Spahr, S., M. Teixido, D. L Sedlak, and R. G Luthy. Hydrophilic Trace Organic Contaminants In Urban Stormwater: Occurrence, Toxicological Relevance, And The Need To Enhance Green Stormwater Infrastructure. Environmental Science-Water Research & Technologyenvironmental Science-Water Research & Technologyenvironmental Science-Water Research & Technology 6 (2020): 15-44. doi:10.1039/c9ew00674e.

Luthy, Richard G, Sybil Sharvelle, and Peter Dillon. Urban Stormwater To Enhance Water Supply. Environmental Science & Technologyenvironmental Science & Technology (2019).

Recent News

Bay Area One Water Network workshop at Berkeley Faculty Club
December 17, 2019

Dick Luthy and David Sedlak helped organize a Bay Area One Water Network workshop to explore opportunities for advancing and coordinating centralized and building-scale water reuse. (Berkeley Faculty Club, December 17-18, 2019)

Dr. Choi's visit
December 13, 2019

Professor Yongju Choi from Seoul National University (and former group member) visits Stanford on December 11, 2019.

Luthygroup holiday potluck and white elephant gift exchange.
December 11, 2019

Luthygroup holiday potluck and white elephant gift exchange.   December 11, 2019