Domenico Grasso is the sixth chancellor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He began Aug. 1, 2018. He also serves as professor of public policy and administration and professor of sustainable engineering at UM-Dearborn.
Before joining UM-Dearborn, he served as provost of the University of Delaware. Previously he was vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College at the University of Vermont and earlier dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at UVM. Prior to joining UVM, he was Rosemary Bradford Hewlett Professor and founding director of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College, the first engineering program at a women’s college and one of the few in a liberal arts college in the United States; and professor and head of the Department in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut.
He holds engineering degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (B.Sc.), Purdue University (M.S.) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D.). He is a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and has been a registered professional engineer in the states of Connecticut and Texas. He is currently chair of the National Academies Committee on Grand Challenges in Environmental Science and Engineering.
As an environmental engineer, his research focuses on molecular scale processes that govern the ultimate fate of contaminants in the environment and development of new techniques to reduce risks to human health and natural resources. A longtime proponent of environmentally sound and sustainable practice in engineering, he was a member on a World Bank-funded international team of scholars that established the first environmental engineering program in Argentina.