2018-present  Charles P. Lunsford Professor

2013-present  Professor

2008-2013      Associate Professor

2003-2008      Assistant Professor

                       Civil and Environmental Engineering

                       Virginia Tech


2002-2003      Postdoctoral Associate

                       Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

                       Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Ph.D.   University of California at Berkeley, Environmental Engineering, 2002

            Minor areas of study: Mathematics, Public Health

B.S.     Harvard, Engineering Science, Summa cum laude, 1996


Awards and Honors

Fulbright Scholarship, 2017

NIH Director's New Innovator Award, 2013

National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2006

• Virginia Tech Innovator Award, 2014

• Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, 2014

Virginia Tech Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Board Teaching Award, 2010

Virginia Tech College of Engineering Outstanding New Assistant Professor, 2006

Environmental Protection Agency STAR Graduate Research Fellowship, 1999-2002

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 1996-1999

Harvard Phi Beta Kappa, 1996






I am an avid recreational athlete and outdoorswoman whose interests include running, cycling, triathlon, skiing, backpacking, and more. I recommend the following events:


Triathlons and Multi-Sport

• Claytor Lake Triathlon (2013), a sprint near Blacksburg, VA that ended a seven-year layoff during which I had two kids and got promoted twice

• Our team (Tarred and Feathered) led most of the SPROUTE 2006 short course adventure race but were passed by a three-person team as they hauled their canoe up the hill in the last 200 m, Richmond, VA (race report)

• Big Lick Triathlon (2005), an Olympic-distance race at Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke, VA

• Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon (2004), a fun sprint distance race near Roanoke, VA

• Bandit's Challenge (2003), a hilly Olympic-distance race in Wilkesboro, NC

• Ironman Canada (2001), a gorgeous, well-supported 2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike ride, and 26.2 mile run through Penticton, British Columbia, (race report)

• Wildflower Triathlon (2001), the Woodstock of triathlons (half-Ironman and Olympic) in San Luis Obispo, CA

• Half Vineman (2001), a beautiful, well-organized half-Ironman in Sonoma, CA

• Los Angeles Triathlon (2000), Los Angeles

• Tri-for-Fun (2000), Sacramento and Pleasanton

• Danskin Women's Triathlon (1999), San Jose

• Muddy Buddy (2001), Livermore

• Hi-Tec Adventure Race, Sacramento



• Earth Day Run in Taipei (2018)

• Hokie Half Marathon (2015)

• City of Oaks Half-Marathon in Raleigh (2009) was hillier than expected

• Marine Corps Marathon (2006) with 30,000 runners!

• Baltimore Marathon (2004)

• Blacksburg Classic (2004), 10 mile race near Virginia Tech

• Reach the Beach (2002), 200 mile relay race through New Hampshire that involves running at 3 a.m.

• California International Marathon (2000 and 2001), Sacramento

• Napa Valley Marathon (1999), Napa

• Run to Feed the Hungry 10k turkey trot in Sacramento

• Run to the Far Side, 10k through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco

• Bay to Breakers, 12k moving block party, including naked runners, in San Francisco



• Mountains of Misery (2004 and riding for two in 2007), 10,000 feet of climbing over 102 miles, ending with a five-mile climb that averages 8%! Located near Blacksburg, VA.

• Big Walker Century (2004), a pleasant ride near Wytheville, VA, that crosses Big Walker Mountain twice

• High Sierra Century (1999), Mono Lake

• Sierra Century (1999 and 2001), Sacramento

• Pardee Party (1999), Sacramento

• Death Ride (1998), Lake Tahoe

• Tour of Napa Valley (2001), Napa



If I weren't a professor, I'd be a ski bum. As a graduate student, I skied 30+ days per season as a member of the National Ski Patrol at Alpine Meadows. The video below is from the Squaw Valley Advanced Ski Clinic, with commentary by instructor Tim Reeve. Some of my favorite resorts are listed below.





















• Vail's back bowls

• Snowbird is simply awesome

• Alta is the be all and end all of skiing without the attitude

• Jackson Hole boasts amazing terrain

• Steamboat has fabulous tree skiing

• Banff Sunshine, big terrain and awesome scenery

• Breckenridge, T-bar anyone?

• Winter Park's bumps will make your legs burn

• Copper Mountain, hike to Union Bowl!

• Steamboat, where there's no steam and no boat but lots of great skiing

• Squaw Alpine has the biggest terrain in Tahoe

• Kirkwood has excellent terrain and the best snow in Tahoe

• Sugar Bowl has good snow, good terrain, and few people

• Keystone has fun trees

• Crystal Mountain looks amazing after you've been skiing in the Northeast all winter

• Winterplace in West Virginia is a great escape with the kids on a snow day (i.e., school is canceled)



Physical Location

ON the Wires

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Virginia Tech

1185 Stanger St. (0246)

Durham 411

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-6071

Fax: (540) 231-7916

E-mail: lmarr at vt edu