Mark Hernandez
Professor • Registered P.E. (California)

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

Office: SEEC S296D

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:

  • Nieto-Caballero, M.,  Davis, R., Fuques Villalba, E., Gomez, O., Huynh, E., Handorean, A., Ushijma, S, Tolbert, M., and Hernandez, M..,  (2022) Carbohydrate vitrification in aerosolized saliva is associated with the humidity-dependent infectious potential of airborne coronavirus, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences nexus, DOI: 10.1093/pnasnexus/pgac301
  • Crimaldi, J., True, A., Linden, K., Hernandez, M., Larson, L. and Pauls, A. (2022) Commercial toilets emit energetic and rapidly spreading aerosol plumes, Nature Scientific Reports, 12, 20493, DOI:  10.1038/s41598-022-24686-5
    Jaenisch T, Lamb M ,Gallichotte E, Hernandez, M.., et al. Investigating transmission of SARS-CoV-2 using novel face mask sampling: a protocol for an observational prospective study of index cases and their contacts in a congregate setting. BMJ Open 2022;12:e061029. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-061029
  • Gomez, O, McCabe, K.,  Biesiada, E., Volbers, B., Kraus, E., Nieto-Caballero,  M., and Hernandez, M.,  (2022) Airborne murine coronavirus response to low levels of hypochlorous acid, hydrogen peroxide and glycol vapors, Aerosol Science and Technology, 56:11, 1047-1057, DOI: 10.1080/02786826.2022.2120794
  • Shaughnessy, R., Hernandez, M. and Haverinen-Shaughnessy, U. (2022).  Effects of classroom cleaning on student health: a longitudinal study. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. 1-7. DOI: 10.1038/s41370-022-00427-8
    Meese, A., Kim, J., Wu, X., Le, L., Napier, C., Hernandez, M., Laroco, N.,  Linden, K., et al. (2022) Opportunities and Challenges for Industrial Water Treatment and Reuse, Environmental Science and Technology Engineering 2(3): 465-488, DOI: 10.1021/acsestengg.1c00282
  • Meecham, P., Hernandez, M. et al. (2022) Biological Air Quality Considerations for non-healthcare, as-built environments, Infection Control, Global Biorisk Advisory Council,