Mark Hernandez
Professor, Registered Professional Engineer (CA)
Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering


Department: Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Education: B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley (1986, 1988, 1994, 1996)

Teaching: CVEN 5/4484 Environmental Microbiology and Toxicology, AREN 2110 Thermodynamics, CVEN 3434 Applied Ecology, GEEN 1400 Freshman Projects

Research: Forensic Environmental Microbiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology of Natural and Engineered Systems: Aerobiology, Disinfection and Corrosion

Environmental Engineering Microbiology & Disinfection Laboratory

Mark Hernandez is the S J Archuleta Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; he directs the Environmental Engineering Microbiology and Disinfection Lab at the University of Colorado.  This lab focuses on the characterization and control of microbiological air pollution and microbially induced corrosion.  The lab develops genetic, biochemical and toxicological techniques to assess the efficacy of engineering interventions in sectors of sanitary engineering and industrial hygiene that are relevant to environmental health.  There is special focus on aerobiology science for wide-area surveillance, indoor cleaning technology and the design of aerosol disinfection systems in the built environment.

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Great Minds in STEM Foundation, Educator of the Year Award, 2012 Video 
  • President’s Commendation for Advancing Diversity, University of Colorado System, 2008
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, Diversity and Equity Award, 2008
  • Registered Professional Civil Engineer: State of California License # C 054989
  • University of Colorado, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Teaching Award, 2003
  • AEESP advisor to Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2001
  • University of Colorado, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Young Researcher Award, 2000
  • Charles & Anne Lindbergh Foundation, Environmental Research Fellowship, 1998
  •  National Science Foundation, CAREER Award, 1997
  • Water Environment Federation, Robert A. Canham Award, 1992
  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship, 1989
  • University of California, Regents Fellowship, 1988
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Golden Gate Award, 1986

Recent Publications with undergraduate students:
* indicates undergraduate student

  1. McCabe, K., Lachenrdo, E.J., Albino-Flores I.*,  Sheehan, E.*, and Hernandez M., (2011)  LacI(Ts)-Regulated Expression as an In Situ Intracellular Biomolecular Thermometer, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77 (9): 2863
  2. Angenent, L., Kelly, S., St. Amand, A.*, Pace, N., and  Hernandez, M. (2005)  Molecular identification of potential Pathogens in the air and water of  a hospital therapy pool.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 102: 4860
  3. Kujundzic, E., Angenent, L., Zander, D*., Henderson, D., Miller, S.L., and  Hernandez, M (2005)   Effects of Hybrid HEPA-UV on Airborne Bacteria Concentrations in an Indoor Therapy Pool Building.  J.  Air and Waste Management Association.  55:210
  4. Gruden, C. L., Abu-Dalo, M., Fevig, S.* and  Hernandez, M. (2003) CTC (5-cyano-2,3-ditolyl tetrazolium chloride) reduction in  mesophilic anaerobic digesters: measuring redox behavior, differentiating abiotic reduction, and comparing FISH response as an activity indicator. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 52(1):59
  5. Hernandez M. and Swartz M.* (2001)  “Review of Airborne Microbiological Contamination on Commercial Aircraft.”   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes for Occupational Health and Safety, US Govt. Report (CDC/NIOSH DO # 0009936697).
  6. Peccia, J., Werth, H.*, Miller, S. L., and Hernandez., M. (2001) “The Effect of Relative Humidity on the UV-induced Induced Inactivation of Airborne Bacteria”.  Aerosol Science and Technology 35(3):728.
  7. Hernandez, M., Miller, S.L., Landfear, D.*, and Macher, J.M.  (1999)   “A Combined Fluorochrome Method for Quantitation of Metabolically Active and Inactive Airborne Bacteria”. Aerosol Science and Technology, 30:145.