University Lecture Series features Edwards and Bares

Marc Edwards Monday, January 23, at 4:30 pm in the Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

John Bares Thursday, January 26, at 4:30 pm in the Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

Marc Edwards, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, will speak on lead in metropolitan tap water this afternoon at 4:30 pm in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall.

Edwards was one of the study leaders of a report published in an August 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Waterworks Association. In the report, researchers noted that the traces of lead in tap water in Washington, D.C. and other metropolitan areas were linked to household fixtures.

According to 2004 testimony Edwards wrote to the U.S. House of Representatives, the United States Environmental Protection Agency “failed to heed warnings that water treatment changes are adversely impacting home plumbing systems.”

“That failure,” Edwards wrote, “has led to adverse impacts on public health and private property that we are only beginning to appreciate.”

Edwards, who received a PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Washington, has been awarded a 2003 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers and a 1996 Presidential Faculty Fellowship by the White House and the National Science Foundation for his work on lead and copper corrosion issues.

John Bares, associate research professor in Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute and director of the National Robotics Engineering Consortium (NREC), will speak on Thursday about “Moving Robots from the Lab to the Field: Challenges of Converting Cool Ideas into Reliable Products.”

According to the NREC’s website, Bares’ research centers on “identify[ing] and solv[ing] the problems that limit the commercial and military practicality and adoption of robotics.”

Bares’ past projects include automated underground mining, motion-free scanning radar, and an unmanned ground combat vehicle.

Bares received his PhD in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991 and holds five U.S. patents.