Amy Pruden, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named associate dean and director of interdisciplinary graduate education in the Graduate School

At the Graduate School, she will oversee the Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs and advise interdisciplinary doctoral students.

"We are pleased to have Dr. Pruden join the Graduate School as an associate dean," said Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen DePauw. "Her experience with interdisciplinary graduate education and research efforts and collaboration will benefit students and programs."

"I am proud to have the opportunity to advance interdisciplinary research and education at Virginia Tech, as I am a strong believer that this is exactly what we need to address the complex problems our world faces today," Pruden said.

Pruden began her work at Virginia Tech in 2008 after serving as an assistant professor for six years at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on characterizing the microbiome of water infrastructure and understanding environmental pathways for the spread of antibiotic resistance.

She also is the director of strategic planning for the Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science Water Sustainability Trust.

Pruden received her bachelor's degree and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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