Julie B. Zimmerman, Ph.D

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Deputy Director

Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Professor in School of Engineering & Applied Science
Professor in School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Dr. Julie Zimmerman is an internationally recognized engineer whose work is focused on advancing innovations in sustainable technologies. Dr. Zimmerman holds joint appointments as a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.  She also serves at the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Environment School.  Dr. Zimmerman also serves as the Editor in Chief for Environmental Science and Technology, the leading journal in the fields Environmental Science and Engineering.

Her pioneering work established the fundamental framework for her field with her seminal publications on the “Twelve Principles of Green Engineering” in 2003.  She demonstrates this framework in her research including breakthroughs on the integrated biorefinery, designing safer chemicals and materials, creating novel materials for water purification, and analyzing the water-energy nexus. 

Prior, Dr. Zimmerman was an Engineer and program manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leading the national sustainable design competition, P3 (People, Prosperity, and Planet) Award, which has engaged design teams from hundreds of universities across the U.S.  Professor Zimmerman is the co-author of the textbook, Environmental Engineering: Fundamentals, Sustainability, Design that is used in the engineering programs at leading universities. 

Dr. Zimmerman earned her B.S. from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan jointly from the School of Engineering and the School of Natural Resources and Environment.