HUNTSVILLE, AL — Margrit von Braun will be a guest lecturer at The University of Alabama in Huntsville on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the Charger Union Theater beginning at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public and is sponsored by the UAH Honors College.
Margrit von Braun is an environmental engineer, working in the areas of hazardous waste management and risk assessment, and is the daughter of Dr. Wernher von Braun, a rocketry pioneer and father of the American space program.
The title of her talk is “When Slide Rules Ruled.” She will also discuss her experiences of growing up in the Rocket City.
She holds degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Idaho, and Washington State University. After working for Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta, Margrit moved to Idaho in 1977 to work for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.
She joined the faculty at the University of Idaho in 1980 where she helped create and direct the Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering programs for 10 years. She then served as dean of the College of Graduate Studies for 10 years.
Margrit received a 3-year leadership fellowship from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and Outstanding Faculty and Graduate Teaching Excellence Awards from UI. She served as President of the Western Association of Graduate Schools. In 2012, she was elected as a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, an independent, international academy comprised of 180 international experts in the fields of occupational and environmental health.
In 1984, she and her husband, Ian von Lindern, founded an environmental engineering company focused on remediation of hazardous waste sites, particularly in mining districts. Since retiring from UI and selling their company, Margrit and Ian founded TerraGraphics International Foundation (TIFO), a non-governmental organization assisting communities in reducing their environmental exposures. TIFO has partnered with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) on environmental health projects in Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh.
Margrit was born in Huntsville and has fond memories of growing up in the town that took us to the Moon.