Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Colleen C. Naughton is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Merced. Her lab designs sustainable and culturally sensitive food-energy-water systems through Life Cycle Assessment, Geographic Information Systems, integration of Anthropology and Engineering, and effective Science policy. Before coming to UC Merced, she served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship with the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, D.C., through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Naughton was a postdoctoral researcher and obtained her doctorate at the University of South Florida (USF) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She was part of the Peace Corps Master’s International Program where she served and conducted research in Mali, West Africa for three years as a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Engineer and worked closely with the women in her village to found a shea butter cooperative and conduct a Life Cycle Assessment of shea butter production processes. Dr. Naughton earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.