Biography

Dr. Mark P. Cal, P.E., BCEE

Dr. Cal obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  He is currently the Division Head for Math, Engineering, Science and Health (MESH) at New Mexico State University (NMSU), Alamogordo, NM.  For nearly 12 years he was Chair and Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at New Mexico Tech (NMT).  As a professor, Dr. Cal has taught courses in air quality engineering, fate and transport of pollutants, heat & mass transfer, fluid mechanics, open channel hydraulics, pavement engineering, water resources engineering, and thermodynamics.  Dr. Cal’s research and consulting experience spans 27 years, and he has worked on projects in the areas of air pollution control, air quality science, atmospheric dispersion modeling, chemical fate and transport, and heat and mass transfer.  Dr. Cal has extensive community and government service, including 30 technical review panels for the U.S. EPA, and he is also a member of the NCEES Environmental Engineering P.E. exam development committee.  He has authored more than 100 publications.

Dr. Cal is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of New Mexico and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) with a specialty in air pollution engineering.  He has received many awards for his research and teaching, including New Mexico Tech’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Young Civil Engineer Achievement Award from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the American Chemical Society’s R.A. Glenn Award, and the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Service Award.

Dr. Cal has extensive experience in the areas air pollution engineering, air quality permitting and atmospheric dispersion modeling (AERMOD, SLAB, ISCST, SCREEN) – mainly in the areas of mining, mineral processing, construction materials, waste management and incineration and petroleum processing.  He has developed air quality permits and performed atmospheric dispersion modeling in 9 U.S. states1, and he has provided expert witness testimony in support of public and private companies, individuals, state agencies and litigation attorneys. 

Education

1995     Ph.D. Civil & Environmental Engineering   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1993     M.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering     University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1991     B.S. Chemical Engineering                           University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Registrations and Certifications

  • Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), State of New Mexico, No. 16651
  • Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE), American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), specialty in air pollution engineering
  • ABET-EAC Program Evaluator, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Experience

8/2013-present Division Head for Math, Engineering, Science, and Health (MESH), New Mexico State University (NMSU), Alamogordo, NM
2002-8/2013 Department Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM
2008-8/2013 Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (Tenured), Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM
1993-present Sole Proprietor, MPC Engineering, provide engineering consulting services and expert witness testimony in the areas of air resources engineering, air quality permitting, atmospheric dispersion modeling, environmental engineering, water resources engineering and pavement engineering.
1999-present Adjunct Faculty, Chemical Engineering Program, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM.
2003-2008 Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (Tenured), Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM.
1/1998-2003 Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM.
1996-1998 Adjunct & Visiting Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (non-tenure track), Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
1996-1997 Research Chemical Engineer, Illinois State Geological Survey, Minerals Engineering Section, Champaign, IL.
1995-1996 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Nevada-Desert Research Institute, Energy and Environmental Engineering Center, Reno, NV.