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Torrents, Alba

Torrents, Alba

Ben Dyer Centennial Chair
Civil and Environmental Engineering
1153 Glenn L. Martin Hall


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1992
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1988
  • M.S., University of Barcelona, Spain, 1986
  • B.S., University of Barcelona, Spain, 1985



  • Fate and transport of organic pollutants in the environment
  • Fate of endocrine disrupting chemicals upon release from wastewater treatment plants and the land application of biosolids


Zijiang “River” Yang Gets Post-Doc Position at Tokyo University

Yang started as a M.S. student in structural engineering before changing majors to pursue CEE.

Attoh-Okine Named UMD CEE Chair

University of Delaware Professor, ASCE Fellow to lead department.

Cirillo Named MTI Interim Director

UMD-based research hub harnesses interdisciplinary expertise.

UMD to Lead Citizen Developer Training for edX

Online learning platform selects UMD’s proposal as part of a series on virtual workplace skills.

UMD to Help Guide Implementation of Infrastructure Law

Federal transportation officials tap Maryland Engineering to lead new Build America Center.

Maryland Engineering Mourns Matthew Witczak, Professor Emeritus

A former civil and environmental engineering chair, Witczak built the department’s pavement engineering curriculum.

Torrents Awarded Ben Dyer Centennial Chair

UMD professor is renowned for her work on organic pollutants.

Charles W. Schwartz Retires After Distinguished Career As Professor, Chair

Professor Alba Torrents takes the helm as interim CEE chair.

Five Clark School Students Awarded Summer Research Fellowships

Research fellowships provide support to UMD doctoral students at mid-career (i.e., in the period approximately before, during, or after achievement of candidacy).

Environmental Cleanup: Kjellerup Develops “Treatment Train”

DoD taps UMD expertise to tackle risks of stormwater contamination.

Transforming the Lab Experience Amid COVID-19 Constraints

Course incorporates take-home kits, video instruction, and mentorship by professional engineers.

First-of-kind Research Measures Gold Mining's Impact in Amazon

Maria Rodriguez is working to obtain data that is needed for recovery and reforestation efforts.

Tiny plastics, big environmental risk: UMD researcher sheds new light on sorption

Doctoral candidate Alterra is studying how microplastics and chemicals interact—and finding some surprises.

UMD, USDA Partnership Puts Student Research Into Action

The results are advancing remediation of a Maryland Superfund site.

Yao, Yang Receive Education Award from the American Chemical Society Division of Agrochemicals

The duo were recognized for research on poultry house emissions.

NSF Graduate Research Fellow to Study Fate of Microplastics in Rivers

The former Grossmont Community College student was drawn to UMD by its laboratory resources and regional partnerships.

CEE Students Win Top Awards at Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting

Students swept the best poster competition and earned first place in the presentation competition.

Yao, Romero Receive ACS AGRO Division 2016 Education Award

CEE students from Professor Alba Torrents' research group were recognized by the American Chemical Society.

CEE Students Take Top Awards at CPRC-SETAC

Armstrong, Niño de Guzmán take first- and second-place respectively at Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Chesapeake Chapter annual meeting.

Romero Receives ACS Student Education Award

CEE Ph.D. candidate will present at the 13th International Congress of Pesticide Chemistry this August.

UMD Researchers Address Water Management, Sustainability Challenges

Researchers are developing cutting-edge water treatment, reutilization and quality improvement techniques

Natasha Andrade Wins CPRC Student Travel Award

Each of these students will receive a $350 award in support of their attendance of the conference in Boston.

CEE Student Wins 2nd Place in Dean's Masters Student Research Award Competition

Golnaz Khorsa, a Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student, won second place in the 2011 Dean's Masters Student Research Award Competition.

Dean's Master's Student Research Awards Announced

Research on flapping wing vehicles and food-service byproducts recognized.

Nuria Lozano and Alba Torrents are Mentioned by ARS

The Agricultural Research Service mentioned the work of Torrents and Lozano.

Welcome New Grad Students!

Forty-six new students joined to learn about the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and accept the role of grad student

Graduate student Anubha Goel is 2005 SETAC's 1st place winner

Anubha Goel is the winner of SETAC best student platform presentation.