David Cwiertny, director of and senior research fellow in the Environmental Policy Research Program, was named the William D. Ashton Professor of Civil Engineering.
Cwiertny is also director of the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination. His area of expertise is in water sustainability, wastewater treatment and reuse, and stressors of water quantity and quality.
The professorship honors UI engineering graduate William Ashton of Davenport, Iowa. The professorship was created by a major gift commitment from the Ashton Family Foundation in Dallas, Texas. Ashton received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering from the UI in 1962 and 1963, respectively. He founded Ashton Engineering Inc. in Davenport, Iowa, in 1982, and is a member of the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy.