Mark Hernandez attained all of his degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated cum laude in civil engineering. After several years of professional practice, he joined the University of Colorado faculty in 1996. He is a registered professional engineer, and an expert on the characterization and control of aerobiology. Hernandez has more than 100 archival publications describing a generation of research that extends genetics and biochemistry to characterize the aquatic and atmospheric environment in engineered and natural systems.
Hernandez maintains an active environmental microbiology research program which focuses on the remediation of polluted water and air, and was an associate editor of the Journal of Aerosol Science and Technology. He won the Water Environment Foundation’s Canham Award to support technology transfer between the U.S. and England, and was a recipient of a National Science Foundation early CAREER Award. More recently he was chosen as distinguished lecturer for the scientific research society, Sigma Xi. Hernandez maintains a modest consulting practice, serves as an expert witness in the remediation field, and holds U.S. patents that form the basis of a successful technology start-up company, Tusaar Inc. He has recently served on three National Academy of Science Committees focusing on the microbiology of the built environment. Hernandez was honored by the University of Colorado with the President’s Citation for Advancing Diversity and was elected as the Hispanic Educator of the Year by the Great Minds in STEM Foundation in 2012.