Dr. Ingrid Padilla

Ingrid Padilla is a Professor in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (UPRM), where she leads the Environmental Engineering Laboratory. Before joining UPRM, Dr. Padilla led the groundwater office at Greg Morris & Assoc. and directed hydrologic investigations while working with the U.S. Geological Survey. Dr. Padilla holds a Ph.D. in Hydrology from the University of Arizona with emphasis on contaminant and groundwater hydrology; an M.S. from University of Michigan in Water Resources Science; and a B.S. in Natural Resources Science and Management, with a concentration in Water Resources and Soil Science, from the University of Maryland .

Dr. Padilla has directed laboratory, field-scale, and modeling groundwater investigations in the academic, government, and private sectors. Her training and experience include characterization, quantification, and modeling of fate and transport processes, surface water and groundwater interactions, aquifer testing, and well design and development in karst aquifers.

Her current research focuses on impacts of extreme hydrologic events on environmental quality and public health in karst systems. Dr. Padilla has also been heavily involved in inclusion programs to increase diversity of women and underrepresented populations in STEM education and research, and academia. Dr. Padilla is a fellow of the Geological Soceity of America. She currently serves as the Advisor to the Chancellor in Research, Innovation and Creative Endeavors. She has also served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation and as a member of the Navy Research Advisory Committee.