Dorthe is currently the associate dean of graduate programs, where she provides leadership and input for the vision, direction, and coordination of the College of Engineering’s graduate academic programs, initiatives, and policies. In addition to long-term strategic planning, she also implements college and university-wide policies that affect the academic studies and well-being of engineering graduate students.
Prior to her leadership role with the College of Engineering administration, Dorthe served as an Associate Dean for the Graduate School.
Dorthe is also a professor of environmental engineering, with research focused on flow and transport in porous media, addressing research questions about subsurface water pollution and energy-related storage. Recent work includes the optimization of geologic storage of anthropogenic CO2 in subsurface reservoirs; exploration of colloid-facilitated transport of contaminants in groundwater; microbial enhanced oil recovery; and investigations in support of more effective groundwater remediation techniques. She is currently the PI for an NSF-funded instrument development that will bring a state-of-the-art 3D imaging facility to OSU this coming spring.
Dorthe received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Danish Technical University.