Internationally Recognized Coastal Waters Expert Named Head of Environmental Science Department
Portland, Ore. — Antonio Baptista, an internationally recognized expert on coastal waters and computer modeling, has been named head of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) at the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology (OGI). Baptista, a member of the OGI faculty for 13 years, assumed his new post on Sept. 8.
The department is one of the oldest stand-alone environmental science and engineering programs in the country. Founded more than 25 years ago, ESE is known for research and education programs that balance practical applications with fundamental investigations of the physical, chemical and biological processes underlying environmental phenomena.
At OGI, Baptista has served as director of ESE's Center for Coastal and Land-Margin Research and led the development of CORIE, a prototype system at the mouth of the Columbia River that uses real-time data acquisition systems to create sophisticated environmental analysis of conditions through the use of computer modeling.
In establishing a very strong reputation in his field, Antonio has always demonstrated his commitment to excellence in teaching and research and promoting collaborative interdisciplinary activities, says Paul Clayton, OGI provost and vice president.
Baptista holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987). He replaces Dr. James F. Pankow, who is returning to fulltime research and teaching after 12 years as ESE head.