Calvin H. Ward

Calvin H. Ward

Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar | Foyt Family Chair of Engineering


Calvin H. Ward, Ph.D., is a Baker Institute Rice faculty scholar and the Foyt Family Chair of Engineering in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. He is also a professor in both the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. During his 44-year tenure at Rice University, Ward's research has focused on microbial processes and engineering for surface and ground water quality. His current research involves microbial degradation of DNAPL source zones in the subsurface.

Ward has served as the director of the Department of Defense Advanced Applied Technology Demonstration Facility, a distinguished consortium of university-based environmental research centers that guides the selection, development, demonstration and commercialization of advanced applied environmental restoration technologies for the U.S. Department of Defense. For 18 years, he was director of the National Center for Groundwater Research, a consortium of universities charged with conducting long-range exploratory research to help anticipate and solve the nation’s emerging groundwater problems.

Ward holds an undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He also received an MPH in environmental health sciences from The University of Texas at Austin.

Contact him at or (713) 348-4086.