Christopher “Chris” Gliwa ’21 MPA ’25, of East Rutherford, New Jersey, a 2021 Princeton graduate with a degree in civil and environmental engineering and a certificate in environmental studies focused his departmental research on the application of engineering and policy principles to address legacy pollution in the working-class neighborhoods of the New Jersey Meadowlands.
Gliwa has held board membership on both the New Jersey Commission on Environmental Education and the Passaic River Community Advisory Group. Before entering Princeton in 2017, he conducted environmental quality research with the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute. In summer 2019, Gliwa served as a Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) intern with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division, assisting in litigation against polluters. In summer 2020, he conducted climate change and community engagement research as a Princeton Environmental Institute (now the High Meadows Environmental Institute) intern with the Regional Plan Association.
On campus, Gliwa was a Butler College BSE Interactor who worked with the faculty advisers to provide additional knowledge to students about the engineering program, and the treasurer of the Princeton BEE Team. Chris is a state-certified beekeeper and managed the University’s beehives. Off campus, Gliwa is a classically trained pianist, a volunteer at his local senior center, and a poll worker.