Past-President: Dr. Robert W. Nairn, Ph.D., Boren Distinguished Professor and Viersen Presidential Professor, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science; Director, Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds; Associate Director, Water Technologies for Emerging Regions Center, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
Bob Nairn has been a professor at OU for over 20 years. He teaches environmental science and environmental engineering classes, and his research emphases are in ecological engineering and watershed biogeochemistry. His CREW team works extensively throughout Oklahoma, in the Arkoma Basin coal fields of Oklahoma and Arkansas, the Tri-State Lead-Zinc Mining District of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas (including the Tar Creek Superfund Site), the northern Appalachian coal fields, and in the Bolivian Andes.
Bob holds a BS from Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA (1989) and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1996), both in Environmental Science. Prior to graduate school, he began his career as a Research Biologist with the U.S. Bureau of Mines Pittsburgh (PA) Research Center, examining mining-related environmental issues.
Bob first visited Potosi, Bolivia in 2008 as part of his life-long interests in mine water biogeochemistry, sustainable passive treatment technologies and mountains. Having been an EIA client, he jumped at the chance to serve EIA, a truly unique organization linking community needs with sustainable solutions. He has been on the board since 2008 and served as President in 2017. He is also President of Watershed Restoration, Inc., another 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
When not doing environmental field work, Bob lives in Norman, OK with his wife, daughter, and three dogs. He enjoys woodworking, gardening, listening to live music, reading non-fiction, and any and all activities that allow him to get outside.