Carnegie Mellon University

Jeanne VanBriesen, P. E.

Jeanne VanBriesen, P. E.

Duquesne Light Company Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Vice Provost for Faculty, Provost's Office

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Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


Jeanne M. VanBriesen is the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where she serves as the Vice Provost for Faculty, managing the University Appointment and Tenure Processes and Faculty and Leadership Development programs.

VanBriesen holds a B.S. in Education and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), a fellow ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), and a fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). 

She has served on the U.S.EPA Science Advisory Board and currently serves on the National Science Foundation Engineering Advisory Committee. VanBriesen has received numerous professional awards, including the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers Margaret S. Petersen Award, and the 2011 National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecturer.  



PhD 1998 - Northwestern University
MS 1993 - Northwestern University
BS 1990 - Northwestern University


Research Group: EESS, AIS

  • Urban water system sustainability and the built environment water cycle
  • The energy-water nexus and watershed decision making


Schwetschenau, S., Small, M., VanBriesen, J.M. (2020) “Using compliance data to understand uncertainty in drinking water lead levels in southwestern Pennsylvania" accepted and published online. Environmental Science and Technology. h

Kolb, C., Good, K.D., and VanBriesen, J.M. (2020) “Modeling trihalomethane increases associated with source water bromide contributed by coal-fired power plants in the Monongahela River Basin,” Environmental Science and Technology 54:2:726-734.

Cook, L.M., VanBriesen, J.M., Samaras, C. (2019) “Using rainfall measures to evaluate hydrologic performance of green infrastructure systems under climate change,” Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. 

Good, K.D. and VanBriesen, J.M. (2019) “Coal-fired power plant wet flue gas desulfurization bromide discharges to U.S. watersheds and their contributions to drinking water sources,” Environmental Science and Technology 53 (1): 213-223.

Cadwallader, A. and VanBriesen, J.M. (2019) “Temporal and spatial changes in bromine incorporation into drinking water disinfection byproducts in Pennsylvania,” ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering 145(3).

McGivney, E., Avellan, C., Xiao, Y., Casman, E., Lowry, G., VanBriesen, J.M., and Gregory, K.B. (2018) “Biogenic cyanide production promotes biodissolution of gold nanoparticles in soil,” Environmental Science and Technology 53:3:1287-1295

Recent Awards

  • 2019:  PA AWWA Special Recognition Award to honor years of service and dedication to the water industry

  • 2019: Named Fellow, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)

  • 2018: Named Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers

  • 2016: Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Alumni Hall of Fame

  • 2016: Named Fellow, Environmental and Water Resources Institute

  • 2015: Awarded Carnegie Science Center Environmental Award
  • 2015: Named an ELATE Fellow, Drexel University
  • 2015: Awarded the Margaret S. Peterson Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Insititute
  • 2013: Selected as the Philip L. Dowd Fellowship recipient, awarded by CIT
  • 2011: National Academy of Engineering Armstrong Endowment for Young Engineers Gilbreth Lectureship
  • 2010: Selected Presenter at NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium
  • 2009: Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellowship
  • 2009: Presented the McGraw-Hill/ AEESP Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science from Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • 2009: Named Professor of the Year, American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Chapter
  • 2008: Awarded Best Research Paper: Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management (JWRPM) for “Efficient Sensor Placement Optimization for Securing Large Water Distribution Networks
  • 2007: Recieved Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Professional Research Award