Dr. Jeanne M. VanBriesen is the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. VanBriesen holds a B.S. in Education and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University.

Her current research interests are broadly in the areas of (1) urban water system sustainability and the built environment water cycle, and (2) the energy-water nexus and watershed decision making. She is particularly interested in how natural and engineering water systems interact across space and time and how biogeochemistry alters water quality through these transitions. Dr. VanBriesen’s prior research included (1) biodegradation of recalcitrant organic compounds (specifically chelates and PCBs) and (2) modeling bacterial system thermodynamics and diversity.

Dr. VanBriesen has served on the boards of the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and the Ohio River Basin Consortia for Research and Education (ORBCRE). She is currently serving on the U.S.EPA Science Advisory Board and as Chair Elect on the Board for the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences (CUAHSI).


Ph.D. Civil (Environmental) Engineering, Northwestern University (1998)
M.S. Civil (Environmental) Engineering, Northwestern University (1993)
B.S. Education (Chemistry), Northwestern University (1990)