Carnegie Mellon University

Meet the Vice Provost

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Jeanne M. VanBriesen, Ph.D., P.E., F. EWRI, F. ASCE

 Dr. Jeanne M. VanBriesen, Vice Provost for Faculty, is the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and the Director of the Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems (Water QUEST) at Carnegie Mellon University.  Dr. VanBriesen’s research in environmental systems spans multiple areas, including: urban water system sustainability and the built environment water cycle, and the energy-water nexus and watershed decision making. A member of Carnegie Mellon’s faculty since 1999, she recently served as Chair of the Faculty Senate, where she led critical efforts to provide support and resources to faculty and academic administrators across the university.

 Dr. VanBriesen has published more than 60 scientific articles and given more than 150 professional presentations. Her research has been funded by government agencies and philanthropic organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Colcom Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the Packard Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance. She has served in leadership positions on the boards of the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors,Ohio River Basin Consortia for Research and Education,and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  Science Advisory Board. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences (CUAHSI).

 Dr. VanBriesen has received numerous professional awards, including the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers Margaret S. Petersen Award, the 2015 Carnegie Science Center Environmental Award, the 2013 Philip L. Dowd Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon, the 2009 American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Chapter Professor of the Year, and the 2007 Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Professional Research Award. Dr. VanBriesen was a selected presenter at the National Academy of Engineering Indo-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium on Infrastructure in 2008, and an invited speaker at the National Academy of Engineering Education Symposium in 2010. She was selected as a National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecturer in 2011.  

 She is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and of its Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) as well as a fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).  Dr. 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.