David Nakles-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

David Nakles

Professor of the Practice, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: 118G
Phone: (412) 268-3865
Fax: (412) 268-7813

Research Group: EESS 


With over 30 years of experience in environmental consulting, Dave Nakles has focused on the management of environmental residuals generated during the extraction and processing of coal, oil, and natural gas. Nakles has completed a number of projects conducted for individual companies within the gas and electric utility industry, trade organizations such as the Gas Research Institute, the Electric Power Research Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, the American Association of Railroads, and the Petroleum Environmental Research Forum, as well as government agencies such as the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense.  The projects have included a mixture of mid- to long-term, industry-wide contract research projects and shorter term consulting projects focused on specific problems associated with individual sites and/or portfolios of similar sites, i.e., coal gasification and/or manufactured gas plant (MGP) sites.


B. S. Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1971
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering/Engineering & Public Policy, Car­negie Mellon University, 1977

Selected Publications

  • Luthy, R.G., Bruce, S.G., Walters, R.W., and Nakles, D.V. (1979) "Cyanide and Thiocyanate in Coal Gasification Wastewaters," Journal Water Pollution Control Federation, 51(9): 2267-2282 (H.P. Eddy Medal award winning paper)
  • Ghosh, R.S., Dzombak, D.A., Luthy, R.G., and Nakles, D.V. (1999) "Subsurface Fate and Transport of Cyanide Species at a Manufactured Gas Plant Site," Water Environment Research, 71(6): 1205-1216.
  • Linz, D.G. and Nakles, D.V., Co-Editors, (1997) “Environmentally Acceptable Endpoints in Soil: Risk-Based Approach to Contaminated Site Management Based on the Availability of Chemicals in Soil,” American Academy of Environmental Engineers, ISBN 1-883767-14-8, United Press.
  • Hayes, T.D., Linz, D.G., Nakles, D.V., and Leuschner, A.P., Co-Editors (1996) “Management of Manufactured Gas Plant Sites – Two-Volume Practical Reference Guide of the Gas Research Institute,” Gas Research Institute, ISBN 1-884940-06-4, Amherst Scientific Publishers.
  • Luthy, R.G., Dzombak, D.A., Peters, C.A., Roy, S.B., Ramaswami, A., Nakles, D.V., and Nott, B.R. (1994) "Remediating Tar-Contaminated Soils at Manufactured Gas Plant Sites," Environmental Science & Technology, American Chemical Society, 28(6).