Paige Novak is the co-director of MnDRIVE Environment and the Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Chair of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering.
Novak researches how external environmental factors influence the biodegradation of hazardous substances. This is of critical importance in designing and implementing biologically based remediation systems, using microorganisms to treat drinking water, or optimizing wastewater treatment. Novak’s work takes her from laboratory to the field, trying to understand the interactions between microorganisms and environmental conditions. She has been involved in field work which focused on implementing remediation technologies that alter environmental conditions and thereby stimulate beneficial biological activity.
Novak received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa. She was a founding fellow in the Institute on the Environment, and has been a member of the BioTechnology Institute since 2010. In 2016 she was named a fellow in the Water Environment Federation. She is the recipient of Sara Evans Woman Scholar/Leader Award from the Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Women’s Center at the University of Minnesota in 2013.