Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Freshwater, Public Health
Richard G. Luthy's area of teaching and research is environmental engineering and water quality, including physicochemical processes with application to sustainable practices and the elimination of emerging contaminants and remediation of contaminated sediments. His work addresses the fate of hydrophobic organic compounds and interdisciplinary approaches to understand the behavior and bioavailability of organic contaminants and the application of these approaches to environmental quality criteria and new cleanup practices. He is a past chair of the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board and has served on several NRC Committees on contaminants in soils and sediments. He is a Past-President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Selected Publications by this Author
News & Press Releases
Senior Fellow Dick Luthy (engineering) states that "sponge cities" are a new way of thinking about stormwater, not as a problem but as an opportunity and a resource to augment our water supply.
By Mark Harris,
Quotes Senior Fellow Chris Field (Humanities and Sciences) on how climate change can impact weather patterns, and Senior Fellow Dick Luthy (engineering) on why transporting water long distances isn't practical.
By Rupa Shenoy,
Cites research findings by Senior Woods Fellow Alexandria Boehm (Engineering), Senior Woods Fellow Richard Luthy (Engineering), and Niveen Ismail, a Stanford graduate student in environmental engineering, that mussels can remove contaminants such as Escherichia coli from freshwater.
By Puneet Kollipara,