David Hand

David Hand
  • BS Engineering 1980
  • MS Civil Engineering 1982
  • PhD Environmental Engineering 1991

David Hand began his professional affiliation with Michigan Tech in 1982 as an assistant research engineer at the Environmental Engineering Center for Water and Waste Management. In 1984, he became a research engineer and in 1987 a senior research engineer. In 1992, Hand became an assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and was promoted to associate professor in 1996. He served as program manager for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Clean and Industrial Technologies from 1997–2001. In 2003, he was promoted to professor. He was elected Chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering in 2011, serving for six years. In 2020, he joined the Emeritus faculty ranks.

Hand has been the co-recipient and recipient of numerous awards, including the Willard F. Shepard Award, the 2000 Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Landmark Achievement Award, the 2006 AEESP Outstanding Teaching Award in Environmental Engineering and Science, and the 2009 Rudolph Hering Medal awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for the most valuable contribution to the ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering Division Proceedings. In 2010, he became a board certified environmental engineering member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, specializing in water supply and wastewater.
Hand has been involved in over 50 funded environmental engineering research projects. He has authored and co-authored over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, six co-authored textbooks, two patents, and eight copyrighted software programs.
Hand received all of his degrees from Michigan Tech: a bachelor's in engineering, with an emphasis in environment, in 1980; a master's in civil engineering in 1982; and a PhD in environmental engineering in 1991.

From the CEGE Academy Induction Fall 2023