Dr. Craig Just has served the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa since 1993. He earned a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa in 1994 and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering & science from the University of Iowa in 2001. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and an assistant research engineer at IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering. Dr. Just teaches Principles of Environmental Engineering, Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling & Analysis, the Capstone course for the Sustainable Water Development Graduate Program, and the CEE Engineering Service Project course. Dr. Just is the Faculty Advisor for the UI Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA and Bridges to Prosperity (aka Continental Crossings) and he coordinates the UI International Engineering Service Program.
Dr. Just’s current research portfolio includes: 1) studies of freshwater mussels and their impacts on microbial ecology as it relates to the mitigation of nitrogen contamination, 2) bioremediation, phytoremediation, photodegradation, and physical-chemical transformations of insensitive munitions explosives, 3) flood resilience in watershed communities, 4) microbial community function, affordability and robustness of alternative, small community wastewater treatment systems, and 5) water resources, food security, and energy system design and implementation in resource-constrained communities.
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. He was awarded the David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Public Service in 2010. Dr. Just also received the 2011 International Studies Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award.