Robin Autenrieth's Portrait

Robin Autenrieth

Professor & Head

College of Engineering


Robin Autenrieth’s research is focused on microbial systems for the degradation of target compounds (hormones, crude oil, petroleum products, explosives, chemical warfare agents, chlorinated agents, among a few others) contaminating soils and waters.

Physical and chemical processes are coupled to the microbial activity to understand the controlling parameters for optimization of performance. With an interest in improving the link between contaminant concentrations and human exposures for predicting the potential for adverse health effects, she and her students have been working on methods to improve the risk assessment of select compounds.

She is professor and head of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M. She has served as PI or Co-PIon $25 million in total research funding that has supported multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and more than 65 graduate students who have developed environmental models, testing them in field studies and laboratory experimentation.

The impact of her research, publications, and service on national committees can be assessed by their influence on strategies currently utilized for the destruction of stockpile chemicals, remediation of contaminated sites, and mitigating human exposures.

Throughout her career, she has been involved in numerous outreach programs for STEM education and brought to campus more than 150 STEM teachers from underserved Texas communities to participate in engineering research during the summer.

Autenrieth is a Co-PI on the NSF-funded ADVANCE program; Texas A&M University's Advance Center strives to improve the workplace environment for faculty across campus, beginning with those in the STEM fields. Prior to her current position, she served in the dean's office administering undergraduate and graduate programs.

She earned a BS in biological sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MS and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson College.