Dr. Craig Just has served the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa since 1993. He earned a masters degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa in 1994 and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering and science from the University of Iowa in 2001. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an assistant research engineer at IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering. He is also the Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for the College of Engineering.
Dr. Just teaches Introduction to Sustainability, an interdisciplinary course targeted toward underclass students pursuing the new University of Iowa, Certificate in Sustainability. Dr. Just also teaches Design for the Developing World, also an interdisciplinary course targeted toward upperclass students interested in advancing sustainable development in resource poor countries. Dr. Just was awarded the University of Iowa, President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008 for creative utilization of service-learning and for engaged scholarship through teaching.
Dr. Just is the faculty liaison to the new University of Iowa, Sustainability Living-Learning Community, is chair of the UI Sustainability Curriculum Advisory Committee and he serves on the UI Faculty Engagement Tour planning committee. He is Faculty Advisor for the UI Student Chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World and he serves on the Engineers for a Sustainable World National Board. He is Faculty Advisor for the UI Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA and he serves on the Faculty Leadership Council and Permanent Governance Committee for Engineers Without Borders USA. Dr. Just was awarded the David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Public Service in 2010. Dr. Just was also received the 2011 International Studies Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
Dr. Just advises graduate students pursuing research areas involving the use of sensors to measure water quality at rapid time-scales, the use of mussels as living biosensors, the fate of pharmaceuticals in non-conventional wastewater treatment systems, and human exposures to PCBs resulting from industrial dredging operations. Dr. Just was recently awarded a three year, Department of Education grant titled “Campus Living-Learning Communities for the Sustainable Citizen” to develop, assess and disseminate frameworks for the successful implementation of sustainability-themed residential experiences at the University of Iowa and other large, public universities across the United States.