Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Talley of the U.S. Army Reserve was recognized for his work “engineering the peace” in Baghdad. Now Talley has joined Lyle School of Engineering as chair of the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering and Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Leadership and Global Entrepreneurship.

Talley recently completed a year of service as Baghdad Provincial Engineer under Gen. David Petraeus, where he commanded more than 4,000 engineers and soldiers in the 926th Engineer Brigade. He developed a strategy that focuses on rapidly rebuilding infrastructure and providing basic services. His work is credited with reducing violence and terrorism in the militia stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad. He was awarded two Bronze Stars – one for his efforts in rebuilding Baghdad and the other for meritorious achievement in combat.

“Jeff Talley is simply one of the best and most influential engineers in the country,” says Dean Geoffrey C. Orsak.

Talley joins the Lyle School from the University of Notre Dame, where he was associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and geological sciences. Talley’s research focuses on the environmental processes and treatment of contaminated surface water, groundwater and soil. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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