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MacDonald Gibson named head of Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Fitts-Woolard Hall viewed from entrance side of Hunt Library.
Fitts-Woolard Hall on Centennial Campus. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

Jackie MacDonald Gibson started as the new head of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at NC State on Aug. 15, 2022.

MacDonald Gibson is a former professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Indiana University, Bloomington. She succeeds Morton Barlaz, Distinguished University Professor, who led CCEE for 12 years.

Jackie MacDonald-Gibson
Jackie MacDonald Gibson

MacDonald Gibson served for 12 years on the faculty of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her professional experience includes eight years in engineer and senior engineer positions with RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and nine years in various research and management positions with the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council in Washington, D.C.

Her research is conducted at the intersection of infrastructure, human health and the environment and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, NC Department of Transportation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and various other funding organizations.

MacDonald Gibson received her B.S. in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College, her M.S. in environmental science in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a dual Ph.D. degree in civil and environmental engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.