Ideas, inspiration and insights delivered to your inbox weekly!

Join the thousands of thinkers who get our content first.
  • Active Promo Codes
    Cart Items
    Processing fee ($3.00 per ticket)
    $0.00 (0 tickets)
    proceed to checkout
    for additional order detail, or to apply free tickets, click here
    *Your shopping cart will expire after 15 minutes of inactivity

    Marc Edwards

    Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech

    Marc Edwards is the Charles Lunsford professor of civil engineering at Virginia Tech, where he researches practically important but underfunded topics such as corrosion in buildings and opportunistic premise-plumbing pathogens. His work laid the groundwork for investigative science uncovering the 2001-2004 Washington D.C. lead crisis and the 2014-2016 Flint water disaster.

    Time Magazine dubbed Edwards “The Plumbing Professor” in 2004, and listed him amongst the four most important “Innovators” in water from around the world. The White House awarded him a Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1996. In 2013, Edwards was the ninth recipient (in a quarter century) of the IEEE Barus Award for “courageously defending the public interest at great personal risk,” and in 2016 he was named amongst the most influential people in the world by Fortune and Time magazine.

    Past Events

    Friday, Oct 21 2016

    10 AM

    Have you ever had it UP TO HERE?You’re frustrated after a line has been crossed. You’re so far down one path that you struggle to change... read more
    7 hours | Edison | Cadillac Palace Theatre

    Know someone who can inspire?

    Chicago Ideas is the ideas festival for everyone and is also open to all speakers. Suggest someone you think fits with our community of curiosity today.
    Suggest A Speaker