Fein named director of CEST

Jeremy B. Fein, professor of civil engineering and geological sciences and director of the Environmental Molecular Science Institute at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed director of the University's Center for Environmental Science and Technology (CEST). He replaces Patricia A. Maurice, professor of civil engineering and geological sciences, who had served as director since 2003.

A cooperative effort between Notre Dames Colleges of Engineering and Science, CEST fosters interdisciplinary environmental research and education by promoting the cutting-edge analytical technologies and providing the advanced instrumentation needed to address complex environmental issues.

The center offers a unique interdisciplinary environment that enhances research capabilities for faculty and students throughout the University,Fein said.Its main function is to provide a wealth of state-of-the-art analytical facilities that a single investigator could never manage or maintain on his or her own. In addition, we have extremely well-trained technicians who maintain the instruments and teach students and faculty how to use them.

CEST plays a crucial role in research projects that involve departments across the University, such as biological sciences, civil engineering and geological sciences, chemical and biomolecular engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory, and anthropology.

Fein's research encompasses geomicrobiology and aqueous environmental geochemistry. He uses experimental data to construct quantitative thermodynamic and kinetic models of mass transport in bacteria-water-rock systems, which are used to quantify heavy metal and radionuclide mobilities in systems of geologic and environmental interest, such as contaminated groundwater aquifers and oil-field reserves.

Fein earned a doctorate in geochemistry from Northwestern University in 1989, a masters degree, also in geochemistry from Northwestern, in 1986, and a bachelors degree in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago in 1983.

Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty in 1996, he served as an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill University in Montreal.