Karl Linden
Professor • Associate Director, Mortenson Center in Global Engineering

Department: Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Education: B.S., Cornell University, (1989), M.S., Ph.D., University of California - Davis (1993, 1997)
Teaching: CVEN 5969 Water Sanitation and Hygiene, CVEN 4594 / 5494 Water Reuse and Reclamation, CVEN 5604 UV Processes in Environmental Systems
Research: Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Disinfection, Advanced Oxidation

Office: SEEC S291A

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Fulbright Scholar Award, U.S. Department of State, 2022-23
  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowship, 2021
  • Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize, 2020
  • Clarke Prize for Excellence in Water Research, National Water Research Institute, 2020
  • Walter J. Weber, Jr. Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Frontier in Research Award, 2019
  • Mortenson Endowed Professorship in Sustainable Development, 2015 – Current
  • Helen and Huber Croft Endowed Professorship, 2011 – 2015
  • WateReuse Association Person of the Year Award, 2014
  • Australian Water Recycling Center of Excellence Fellow 2013-2014
  • Pioneer Award in Disinfection and Public Health, Water Environment Federation, 2013
  • University Research Award, Boulder Faculty Assembly, Univ. of Colorado Boulder 2013
  • Best Research Paper Award, International UV Association, 2013
  • Faculty Research Award, College of Engineering and Applied Science, 2012
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, CEAE, Univ of Colorado College of Engineering, 2011
  • Best Paper of the Year, Journal AWWA 2010
  • Research Development Award, University of Colorado, CEAE Department, 2009
  • Klein/Stansell Family Distinguished Research Award, Pratt School of Engineering, 2004
  • Switzer Environmental Foundation Leadership Fellow: 2001-2003
  • National Science Foundation New Century Scholar: 1998

Recent Publications:
** denotes work done in collaboration with graduate students
* denotes work done in collaboration with undergraduate students

  • Cord, C.; Javernick-Will, A.; Buhungiro, E.; Harvey, A.; Jordan, E.; Lockwood, H.; Linden, K. P Pathways to Consumer Demand and Payment for Professional Rural Water Infrastructure Maintenance across Low-Income Contexts. Science of The Total Environment 2022, 815, 152906. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.152906.
  • MacDonald, L.; Thomas, E.; Javernick-Will, A.; Austin-Breneman, J.; Aranda, I.; Salvinelli, C.; Klees, R.; Walters, J.; Parmentier, M. J.; Schaad, D.; Shahi, A.; Bedell, E.; Platais, G.; Brown, J.; Gershenson, J.; Watkins, D.; Obonyo, E.; Oyanedel-Craver, V.; Olson, M.; Lau, R.; Rao, G.; Arzon, A.; Krishnaswamy, K.; Pickering, A. J.; Mabey, C.; Johnson, A.; Gehr, R.; Linden, K. Aligning Learning Objectives and Approaches in Global Engineering Graduate Programs: Review and Recommendations by an Interdisciplinary Working Group. Development Engineering 2022, 7, 100095. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.deveng.2022.100095.
  • Pugel, K.; Javernick-Will, A.; Peabody, S.; Nyaga, C.; Mussa, M.; Mekonta, L.; Dimtse, D.; Watsisi, M.; Buhungiro, E.; Mulatu, T.; Annis, J.; Jordan, E.; Sandifer, E.; Linden, K. Pathways for Collaboratively Strengthening Water and Sanitation Systems. Science of The Total Environment 2022, 802, 149854. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.149854.
  • Ma, B.; Gundy, P. M.; Gerba, C. P.; Sobsey, M. D.; Linden, K. G. UV Inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 across the UVC Spectrum: KrCl* Excimer, Mercury-Vapor, and Light-Emitting-Diode (LED) Sources. Appl Environ Microbiol 2021, 87 (22), e01532-21. https://doi.org/10.1128/AEM.01532-21.
  • Mattos, K. J.; Mulhern, R.; Naughton, C. C.; Anthonj, C.; Brown, J.; Brocklehurst, C.; Brooks, C.; Desclos, A.; Escobedo Garcia, N. E.; Gibson, J. M.; Linden, K. G.; Lindsay, C. A.; Newby, J.; Sinclair, R.; Smith, A. Reaching Those Left behind: Knowledge Gaps, Challenges, and Approaches to Achieving SDG 6 in High-Income Countries. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 2021, 11 (5), 849–858. https://doi.org/10.2166/washdev.2021.057.
  • Mattos, K.; Warren, J.; Eichelberger, L.; Kaminsky, J.; Linden, K. G. Pathways to the Successful Function and Use of Mid-Tech Household Water and Sanitation Systems. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 2021, 11 (6), 994–1005. https://doi.org/10.2166/washdev.2021.107.
  • Nelson-Nuñez, J.; Mostafa, S.; Mahoney, R. B.; Linden, K. G. If You Build It, Will They Come? Use of Rural Drinking Water Systems in the Peruvian Amazon. The Journal of Development Studies 2021, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2021.1988075.
  • Nyamutswa, L. T.; Hanson, B.; Navaratna, D.; Collins, S. F.; Linden, K. G.; Duke, M. C. Sunlight-Transmitting Photocatalytic Membrane for Reduced Maintenance Water Treatment. ACS EST Water 2021, 1 (9), 2001–2011. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsestwater.1c00073.
  • Thomas, E.; Salvinelli, C.; Harper, J.; MacDonald, L.; Klees, R.; Platais, G.; Javernick-Will, A.; Linden, K. A Body of Knowledge and Pedagogy for Global Engineering. IJSLE 2021, 16 (1), 37–57. https://doi.org/10.24908/ijsle.v16i1.14483.