All Roads Lead to Susquehanna

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Ahmed LachhabIt was these very elements that brought Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Ahmed Lachhab to Susquehanna. Lachhab is a hydrologist. He believes water is the future. It is a natural resource that is filtered and clean. He teaches students to discover where it comes from, how it moves and what we can do to keep it free of contamination. The work is important.

More than 50 percent of Americans drink groundwater. “At Susquehanna, we’re surrounded by one large outdoor lab,” says Lachhab. “We have almost any kind of water system available to us—streams and creeks, wetlands and marshes, and, of course, the river. They are all part of the watershed for the Chesapeake Bay. The work we do has an impact on the local area and all areas downstream.”

But it’s not just water that brought Lachhab, originally from arid Morocco, to Susquehanna. “I teach at Susquehanna because the size of a class matters. I have a maximum of 14 students in every course, so I can work closely with them in the classroom and in the field.”

Lachhab came to America to attend Drexel University and then the University of Iowa for his graduate degrees. He was one of 15 to 17 teaching assistants in lecture classes that numbered 500 or more. “The quality of teaching is better in an environment like Susquehanna’s. I like to prepare my students—both for future employment and for graduate schools—by challenging them. I want them to learn through a variety of research tools so they are confident and prepared to perform more advanced work.”

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