July 18, 2014
Jeanne VanBriesen Named the Duquesne Light Company Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Jeanne VanBriesen has been named the Duquesne Light Company Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. VanBriesen is a water quality engineering expert and focuses her research on environmental biotechnology, studying biotransformation of recalcitrant organic pollutants, pathogen detection and control, monitoring approaches for drinking water distribution systems and formation of disinfection byproducts in drinking water treatment.
In addition to her successful research collaborations with other U.S. institutions, VanBriesen has been very successful in both undergraduate and graduate teaching. Her professional activities and service make her well known in the environmental engineering community, nationally and internationally. She has served on the boards of the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and the Ohio River Basin Consortia for Research and Education. She is currently serving on the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board.
VanBriesen earned a BS in Education (1990), a MS (1993) in Civil Engineering, and a PhD (1998) in Civil Engineering, all from Northwestern University. After completing her BS, VanBriesen taught high school chemistry and physics for two years in the Chicago area. After completing her doctorate she spent a year at Northwestern as a Visiting Assistant Professor and joined the CEE faculty as Assistant Professor in July 1999; she was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2005 and then to Full Professor with tenure in July 2008.