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Providing Environmental Solutions for a Better Tomorrow

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Wolman Seminar

Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Mergenthaler 111
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Charles Glass, Executive Director Maryland Environmental Service 

Man in a suit in front of Maryland state flag

About Dr. Charles Glass, P.E.
Dr. Charles Glass serves as the Executive Director of the Maryland Environmental Service (MES), after being unanimously confirmed by the Maryland State Senate on March 19, 2021. He was appointed as Acting Director and Chairman at MES by Governor Larry Hogan in June 2020, previously serving as Deputy Secretary at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Prior to his role at DNR, Dr. Glass served as Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis and Planning and Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access at the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Dr. Glass has over 20 years as a research and engineering professional in academia and the consulting engineering industries. Throughout his distinguished career, he has held important positions as a teacher, researcher, and consulting professional in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Glass is a trained Professional Environmental Engineer, with a doctorate that focused on the microbiological processes involved in wastewater treatment engineering. For 19 years he taught students how to design water and wastewater treatment plants, performed and published research on environmental engineering topics, and taught engineering economics to prepare young engineers to work in the industry.

He has sustained two successful long-term funding relationships involving the District Department of Transportation in Washington, DC, and the National Science Foundation. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, participated in a variety of widely attended conference proceedings, and is recognized nationally as an expert in stormwater management, green infrastructure, and wastewater treatment.

Dr. Glass joined the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) from Howard University, where he served on the faculty for 17 years. For eight months in 2010, he spent time as an environmental engineer at the United States Environmental Protection Agency as the lead on a potential new regulation for the mitigation of sanitary sewer overflows.

He graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1989 and completed his undergraduate degree requirements in Civil Engineering in 1992 at The Johns Hopkins University. He completed his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994 and 1997, respectively.