marc edwards

Screenshot 2015-12-27 10.00.14Marc Edwards, PhD is the Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where he teaches and performs research related to environmental engineering. For over 10 years, he has played a leading role exposing flaws in government agency research and practice in connection to the Washington, DC lead-in-water crisis of 2001-2004. Directly contradicting government assurances that the contamination did not result in measurable public health impact, Marc’s research showed large-scale harm on the District’s fetuses, infants, and young children and helped advance the national conversation about the prevalence and danger of lead in drinking water.

Amongst other distinctions, Marc has received Villanova University’s 2010 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics, a MacArthur Fellowship or “Genius Award” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and was listed amongst the foremost innovators in water from around the world by TIME magazine. In 2013 Edwards was the 9th recipient in a quarter century of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Carl Barus Award for “courageously defending the public interest at great personal risk.”

Marc co-founded “Engineering Ethics and the Public” with Yanna Lambrinidou. He is Principal Investigator (PI) on this grant.

Marc can be reached at

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