UNM professor is focused on fate of uranium in water

April 15, 2014

José M. Cerrato, a new assistant professor in the UNM Department of Civil Engineering, has a smile that lights up a room when he talks about his work.

“I feel blessed to have this job because it is not merely technically teaching a subject,” he says. “It is impacting people’s lives.”

Cerrato came to UNM from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. where he was working as a post-doctoral researcher. He was a member of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light source Science Focus Area (SSRL SFA) Research Team, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, investigating the stability of uranium (IV) products resulting from in-situ bioremediation. Cerrato is originally from Honduras, where he received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

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