Rebecca Logsdon Muenich is an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on integrating geospatial sciences and watershed modeling to evaluate trade-offs in land and water resources management, especially for water quality outcomes. She has 10+ years of environmental and watershed modeling experience, with a focus on managing agroecosystems and providing policy-relevant solutions. Her work has been used by policymakers and regulators in the Midwest to inform domestic action plans to achieve nutrient load targets. She has also recently focused on analyzing environmental and water resources impacts of large-scale animal production in the US. Her research group will be focused on quantification of this large source of P (manures) as well as P modeling more generally at the TBLs and for the national P budget.
Dr. Muenich holds a B.S. in Biological Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 2009, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural & Biological Engineering from Purdue University in 2011 and 2015 respectively, and completed a postdoctoral position at the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan from 2015- 2017. She joined Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment in the Fall of 2017. She has published 37 peer-reviewed articles and her work has been presented over 70 times at national and international conferences, including 5 invited presentations. She was a recipient of the ASABE Robert E. Stewart Engineering and Humanities Award from ASABE in 2011, named a New Face of ASABE in 2020, inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 2020, received an Outstanding Faculty Mentor award from the ASU Faculty Women’s Association in 2021, and was awarded an Early Career Award from the University of Arkansas College of Engineering in 2022. In addition to academic work, she is passionate and active in recruiting and maintaining women in engineering, participating and leading multiple programs throughout her career devoted to the next generation of women engineers. She also lays claim to the first STEPS baby, born October 2020.Rebecca Muenich