Karl Linden photo
Mortenson Professor of Sustainable Development • Associate Director
Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department

Engineering Center Environmental Sustainability Wing (ECES) Room 132
428 UCB (mailing address)
Boulder, CO 80309-0428



Dr. Linden is a Professor of Environmental Engineering and the Mortenson Chair in Sustainable Development.  He Co-Directs the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities focusing on graduate research and education.  He has a BS from Cornell University in Agricultural Engineering and an MS and PhD from University of California at Davis in Environmental Engineering. He teaches classes on Sustainable Water Reuse, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, and Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering.  Dr. Linden’s research investigates novel water and wastewater treatment systems, including innovative UV systems for disinfection and water reuse.  He has authored over 125 peer-reviewed publications and given invited lectures around the world.  Dr. Linden serves as Trustee of the Water Science and Research Division of the AWWA, and is 2013-2016 President of the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA).  He was named a 2013-2014 Fellow of the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, received the 2013 Pioneer Award in Disinfection and Public Health from the Water Environment Federation and was the WateReuse Association’s 2014 WateReuse Person of the Year.  Linden is a member of the WHO Water Quality Technical Advisory Group and contracted to help revise their Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality.  He has led research projects in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Peru, Rwanda, and India. He also consults for many of the major international environmental engineering consulting firms, water and wastewater utilities, and governmental commissions.