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Linda Ann Figueroa is a Professor of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Prior to joining Mines she worked in the civil infrastructure group of DMJM and the environmental engineering group of Parsons Engineering Science. She is a registered Civil Engineer with more that 40 years of experience in civil/environmental/mining engineering, water and wastewater technologies, applied microbiology, and the chemistry and management of metals and radionuclides in the environment. She has taught over twenty different courses over her career from biology to nuclear stewardship and fundamentals of civil and environmental engineering. She has advised over 40 graduate student theses/dissertations and published over 100 technical publications.
Her research at the Colorado School of Mines has centered around environmental stewardship of mining and mineral processing. Project areas include: physical, chemical, biological and electrochemical treatment of mining and mineral processing waters; passive, hybrid and active treatment process implementation, recovery of metals, radionuclides and processing chemical from liquid and solid phases; reclamation and remediation of granular material (soil and tailings) contaminated with metals, radionuclides and processing chemical. She is the Colorado School of Mines Site Director of the Tailing Center, a three-university collaboration with industry to provide a cross-disciplinary hub for tailings and mine waste education and to advance tools for environmental stewardship of tailings and mine waste.
She is a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer in Water Supply and Wastewater by American Academy of Environmental Engineers Certification Board and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering. She has received awards for her service to diversity at the Colorado School of Mines and for distinguished service to the Society of Mining Metallurgy and Exploration Environmental Division and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. She is passionate about enabling a diverse STEM workforce for the future. She is faculty advisor to the Mines student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineering and has provided workshops on how to navigate funding opportunities at regional and national events. She is on the leadership team of the NSF Rocky Mountain Alliance for Minority Participation (a regional consortium of 13 institutions of higher education)that is working to integrate education and research to increase attainment of baccalaureate degrees in STEM disciplines by historically underrepresented STEM students in Colorado and Wyoming.
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Southern California
M.S., .Civil Engineering, University of Colorado
Ph.D.., Civil Engineering, University of Colorado