Dr. Pedro J.J. Alvarez is the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, where he also serves as founding director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT). His research interests include environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology, bioremediation, fate and transport of toxic chemicals, water footprint of biofuels, water treatment and reuse, and antibiotic resistance control. Dr. Alvarez received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from McGill University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan. He is the 2012 Clarke Prize laureate and won the 2014 American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) Grand Prize for Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science. Dr. Alvarez is an associate editor of Environmental Science and Technology and previously served on the scientific advisory board of the Environmental Protection Agency and of the advisory committee of the NSF Engineering Directorate. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018.