Patricia J. Culligan

Robert A. W. and Christine S. Carlton Professor of Civil Engineering

626 SW Mudd, Mail Code: 4709

Phone: +1 212-854-3154

Research Areas

Geo-environmental Engineering, Urban Sustainability, Water Resources, Porous Media Flow and Transport


B.Sc. Hons. (Civil Engineering) 1982, University of Leeds

1985Ph.D. 1989, Cambridge University

A leader in the field of water resources and urban sustainability, Culligan explores novel, interdisciplinary solutions to the challenges of urbanization, with a particular emphasis on the City of New York. Her research investigates the opportunities for green infrastructure, social networks, and advanced measurement and sensing technologies to improve urban water, energy, and environmental management. She is currently co-Director of a $12 million research network sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop new models for urban infrastructure to make cities cleaner, healthier and more enjoyable places to live. Dr. Culligan has received numerous research and teaching awards for her academic contributions, including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER AWARD and Columbia University’s Presidential Teaching Award. She has also served on the Board of Governors of the Geo-Institute and the National Academies Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, and has Chaired the National Academies Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering. Culligan is also a faculty member of Columbia University's Earth Institute, where she co-directs the Urban Design Lab. She is the author or co-author of more than 150 technical articles.


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