Shannon Parks

Manager, Innovation Initiatives


Shannon L. Isovitsch Parks is an environmental engineer and manager of multi-disciplinary initiatives focused on innovation at the Alcoa Technical Center (ATC).
Dr. Parks’ current research at Alcoa focuses on development of sustainable water treatment technologies such as constructed wetlands and natural media filtration. She has developed with others, a Natural Engineered Wastewater Treatment (NEWT) system using wetlands and bauxite residue. This project won Alcoa’s highest recognition – an Impact Award – and is currently being deployed in different areas of the world.
In 2011, Dr. Parks was elected to the Alcoa Foundation Board of Directors. She provides environmental expertise to support the Foundation’s focus areas of Environment, Empowerment, Education, and Sustainable Design, as well as her experience with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for women.
Prior to joining Alcoa in 2008, Dr. Parks worked for approximately seven years as a consultant to clients such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency modeling and mapping floodplains, the New Kensington Municipal Sanitary Authority developing sanitary system construction specifications and drawings, and Consol Energy and Murray Energy designing stormwater management systems for deep coal mine sites. In addition to her corporate experience, Dr. Parks served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa, supporting a local Non-Governmental Organization on water sanitation projects.
Dr. Parks received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Her doctoral research examined if a sensor network and SCADA-controlled booster disinfection system can effectively protect a drinking water distribution system against intentional or accidental contamination events. Dr. Parks has authored four external peer review publications, presented papers at numerous technical conferences, and is a co-author of a book chapter regarding water systems protection.
She is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and has over 15 years of experience in the water resources field.