Ingrid Padilla, Ph.D., is a professor in environmental and water resources engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying and the director of the Environmental Engineering Laboratory (EEL) at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. She has directed laboratory, field-scale, and modeling environmental engineering and ground-water investigations in the academic, government, and private sectors. Her current work focuses on development of detection technologies for underground contamination; development of potential relationships between contamination and adverse reproductive outcomes; fate, transport, and potential exposure of contaminants in karst systems; enhanced remedial technologies in low-permeability systems; and the integration of multidisciplinary efforts in science and engineering education and training. She leads a project on the dynamic transport and exposure pathways of contaminants in karst groundwater systems. Padilla has a Ph.D. in contaminant hydrology from the University of Arizona.