Peter A. Adriaens

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Ph.D., University of California, Riverside (environmental science)
M.S., Ghent University (environmental science and engineering)
B.S, Ghent University (environmental science and engineering)

(734) 763-8032


Dr. Adriaens is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Ross School of Business, where he is affiliated with the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. He is past-President of the Association of Environmental Science and Engineering Professors, a member-by-eminence of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering (AAEE), and Member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Applied Sciences, where he was recognized for bridging engineering and business entrepreneurship in academia and practice. Most recently, he was awarded a Finnish Distinguished Professorship, focused on portfolio financing models for CleanTech. Following a 20-year career in environmental technology development and validation, his current work focuses on financial innovation and risk analytics for industrial renewal and green growth.

  • Tekes – Finnish Innovation Fund. Towards Sustainable Positioning for Value Capture and Investability - A Roadmap for Finnish CleanTech, $2M (2016).

  • National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Association (NCIIA). SMART E-Team Course: Reverse Innovation Ventures in New Mobility (2013-2014). $35K.

  • NSF Workshop. Integrating Economic and Financial Principles into Environmental Engineering Research and Education (2010-2013) $50K.

  • NSF. Valuing Water in Business Water Risk Mitigation: The Case for Opportunity-Cost Based Metrics, 09/01/13- 08/31/16, ($304K) Pending.

  • The Dow Chemical Company. Michigan Dioxin Exposure Study, (2004-2010) Co-PI $15 M. ($ 2.7M to co-PI).

  • Member, Belgian Royal Academy of Applied Sciences (2012).

  • Member-by-Eminence, American Academy of Environmental Engineers (2009).

  • Round Table on Entrepreneurship Education (2009).

  • Service Excellence Award for contributions to the City of Dalian (2009).

  • Best Paper Award on “Teaching CleanTech in Global Economies” (2009).

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