Carnegie Mellon University
February 09, 2015

CEE Professor Jeanne VanBriesen Wins Carnegie Science Award

CEE Professor Jeanne VanBriesen Wins Carnegie Science Award

Duquesne Professor Jeanne VanBriesen (left) with Marijke Hecht (right) of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, who won the Leadership in STEM Education Award.Duquesne Professor Jeanne VanBriesen (left) with Marijke Hecht (right) of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, who won the Leadership in STEM Education Award.

The Carnegie Science Center has announced that Duquesne Light Company Professor Jeanne VanBriesen, has been awarded the 2015 Carnegie Science Environmental Award in recognition for her water quality research.

For the past 15 years, VanBriesen has focused on combined sewer overflows, drinking water quality, and the impacts of resource extraction. Her research on the treatment and discharge of drilling wastewater was instrumental in developing state policy. VanBriesen currently serves on the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board.

VanBriesen earned a MS and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she also completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. In the past twenty years, she has published fifty scientific articles, and has given over 100 professional presentations. In 2008, she was a selected presenter at the National Academy of Engineering Indo-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium on Infrastructure, and in 2010 was an invited speaker at the National Academy of Engineering Education Symposium. In 2011, she was the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecturer and was awarded the 2015 ASCE Margaret S. Petersen Award for her technical achievements and mentoring of women in engineering.

The Carnegie Science Awards recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania. Since 1997, they have honored the accomplishments of more than 400 individuals and organizations whose contributions in the fields of science, technology and education have impacted our region's industrial, academic and environmental vitality.