Craig Wolff was a first-year doctoral student in the Environmental Health Sciences Program. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Craig earned dual bachelor degrees in mathematics and geography from UCLA and his MS in environmental engineering/water resources from UC Berkeley.
His doctoral interests were in understanding the interdependencies between water resources and human health and in enabling the improvement of both. In particular, he was hoping to study early childhood or prenatal outcomes with a relationship to drinking water contaminants, and do so at a detailed geographic level.
While Craig was a PhD student, he was also employed as the geospatial science director at Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB) at the California Department at Public Health. During his 14 years with EHIB, he developed numerous methods and automated tools including a web-based reporting application for California public water system service area boundaries; an enterprise geocoding web service; health-to-environment or environment-to-health spatiotemporal integration/linkage services; cropping pattern classification using satellite imagery as proxy for pesticide use; and mapping services that assist in visualizing and disseminating environmental health data.
Craig was also an extremely dedicated father and husband, with three school-age children. Craig was 42 when he passed away after suffering an aortic aneurysm.