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Zheng Chunmiao

Chair Professor & Dean

School of Environmental Science and Engineering



Chunmiao Zheng currently holds the position of Chair Professor and Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at South University of Science and Technology of China.  Prior to his current appointment, he was Chair Professor and Director of the Institute of Water Sciences at Peking University. He has also been the George Lindahl III Endowed Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of Alabama. His research interests include contaminant transport, eco-hydrologic processes, and water resources management. He is developer of the MT3D/MT3DMS series of contaminant transport models used in over 100 countries, and author or co-author of over 160 papers and 5 books, including Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling published by Wiley in 1995 and 2002 and translated into Chinese in 2009. Zheng is recipient of the 1998 John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award from the National Ground Water Association (USA) and a fellow of the Geological Society of America. In 2009 he received the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer award from the Geological Society of America that took him to 70 universities and research institutions worldwide. For his outstanding contributions to the fields of hydrogeology and groundwater science, he was awarded the O.E. Meinzer award by the Geological Society of America and the M. King Hubbert award by the National Ground Water Association, both in 2013. Zheng has served as associate editor for leading water resources journals, including Water Resources Research, Groundwater, Journal of Hydrology, and Hydrogeology Journal. He has also served as president of the International Groundwater Commission of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) and on the Committee on Hydrologic Sciences of the National Research Council (USA). Zheng received a BS in geology from Chengdu University of Technology and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


1984-1988    Ph.D., Hydrogeology with a minor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin.
1983-1984    Postgraduate work in Geology and Applied Mathematics,Chengdu University of Technology, China.
1979-1983    B.S., Geology, Chengdu University of Technology(formerly Chengdu College of Geology), China.


Employment History
2015-present    Chair Professor and Dean, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, South University of Science and Technology of China
2010-2015    Chair Professor and Director, Institute of Water Sciences (formerly Center for Water Research), Peking University, Beijing, China.
2010-2013    George Lindahl III Endowed Professor of Hydrogeology, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.
2002-2010    Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.
1997-2002    Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.
1993-1997    Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama.
1988-1993    Senior Hydrogeologist, S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland.


Professional Experience
2006-2009    Visiting Professor and Founding Director, Center for Water Research,Peking University, Beijing, China.
2001    Visiting Fellow, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
2000    Visiting Associate Professor, Stanford University.
2000    Visiting Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California.
1995    Visiting Fellow, Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organization.
1991    Assistant Professional Lecturer, George Washington University.


Awards and Honors
2014    Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2013    O.E. Meinzer Award, Geological Society of America (
2013    M. King Hubbert Award, National Ground Water Association (
2012    Distinguished Lecturer for Hydrology Section, AOGS-AGU (WPGM) Joint Assembly, Singapore, 13-17 August, 2012.
2010    George Lindahl III Endowed Professor, Board of Trustees, University of Alabama.
2009    Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, Geological Society of America Hydrogeology Division.
2007    Panel of Experts on China water and environmental issues, New York Times.
2006    Research Award for Outstanding Overseas Chinese-Born Scientists,National Natural Science Foundation of China.
2005    Oliver Lectureship in Hydrogeology, Jackson School of Geosciences,University of Texas-Austin.
1999    Fellow, Geological Society of America.
1998    John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of ground water, National Ground Water Association.


10 Representative Publications
[1] Zheng, C., and G.D. Bennett, 2002, Applied Contaminant Transport Modeling 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 621 pp.
[2] Zheng, C. and P.P. Wang, 1999, MT3DMS: A Modular Three-Dimensional Multi-species Transport Model for Simulation of Advection, Dispersion and Chemical Reactions of Contaminants in Groundwater Systems; Documentation and User’s Guide, Contract Report SERDP-99-1, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS, 169 pp.
[3] Gorelick, S.M., C. Zheng, 2015, Global change and the groundwater management challenges, Water Resour. Res. (50th anniversary edition), v.51, doi:10.1002/2014WR016825.
[4] Yao, Y., C. Zheng, J. Liu, G. Cao, H. Xiao, H. Li, W. Li, 2015, Conceptual and numerical models for groundwater flow in an arid inland river basin. Hydrol. Process., 29, 1480-1492. doi: 10.1002/hyp.10276
[5] Cao, G. C. Zheng, B.R. Scanlon, J. Liu, and W. Li, 2013, Use of flow modeling to assess sustainability of groundwater resources in the North China Plain, Water Resour. Res., 49, 159-175, doi:10.1029/2012WR011899.
[6] Zheng, C., J. Liu, 2013, China’s “Love Canal” moment? Science, v. 340, p. 810.
[7] Ma, R., C. Zheng, H. Prommer, J. Greskowiak, C. Liu, J. Zachara, M. Rockhold, 2010, A Field-scale reactive transport model for U(VI) migration influenced by coupled multi-rate mass transfer and surface complexation reactions, Water Resour. Res., 46, W05509, doi:10.1029/2009WR008168.
[8] Zheng, C., and S.M. Gorelick, 2003, Analysis of solute transport in flow fields influenced by preferential flowpaths at the decimeter scale, Ground Water, 41(2): 142-155.
[9] Feehley C.E., C. Zheng, and F.J. Molz, 2000, A dual-domain mass transfer approach for modeling solute transport in heterogeneous porous media, application to the MADE site, Water Resour. Res., 36(9): 2501-2515.
[10] Zheng, C., and P.P. Wang, 1999, An integrated global and local optimization approach for remediation system design, Water Resour. Res., 35(1): 137-146.


Major Committees and Editorial Boards
2013-present    Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition)
2007-present    President-elect, President, and Past-President, International Commission on Groundwater, International Association of Hydrologic Sciences (IAHS)
2005-present    Standing Committee on Hydrologic Science, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.
2010-2014    Associate Editor, Water Resources Research
2009-2013    Blue Ribbon Panel on “Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences”, National Academies, Washington, D.C.
2007-2014    Associate Editor, Journal of Hydrology
1998-2010    Associate Editor and Software Column Editor (2002-), Journal Ground Water, National Ground Water Association
2005-2007    Treasurer, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI), Washington, D.C.
2004-2008    Science and Technology Center Site Review Team, National Science Foundation
2003-2007    Associate Editor, Hydrogeology Journal, International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and Geological Society of America (GSA)
2003-2004    Chair-elect and Chair, International Professionals for the Advancement of Chinese Earth Sciences (IPACES)

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