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Jeanne VanBriesen

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

October 24, 2011

Professor Jeanne VanBriesen is the director of the Water QUEST (Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems) Center at Carnegie Mellon University. She has earned three degrees from Northwestern University: a Ph.D. in civil (environmental) engineering (1998); an M.S. in civil (environmental) engineering (1993); and a B.S. in chemistry (1990). Among other groups, Jeanne is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the American Society of Microbiology, the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and the Society of Women Engineers.

Professor VanBriesen has written on a bounty of research topics such as bioremediation of recalcitrant organic compounds, biological treatment processes, modeling environmental systems involving complex biogeochemistry, drinking water distribution system monitoring and modeling, and the water/energy nexus.

Some of Professor VanBriesen’s writings include: Francis, R.A., Small, M.J., VanBriesen, J.M. (2009) “Multivariate distributions of disinfection byproducts in chlorinated drinking water,” Water Research. 43(14): 3453-3468; Schoen, M., Small, M.J., and VanBriesen, J.M. (2010) “Bayesian Model for Flow-Class Dependent Distributions of Fecal-Indicator Bacterial Concentration in Surface Waters,” Water Research. 44(2): 1006-1016; Karcher, S., VanBriesen, J.M., and Small, M.J (2007) "Numerical Method to Elucidate Likely Target Positions of Chlorine Removal in Anaerobic Sediments undergoing Polychlorinated biphenyl dechlorination," ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 133(3): 278-286; Isovitsch, S. L. and VanBriesen, J. M. (2008) "Sensor placement and optimization criteria dependencies in a water distribution system.” ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning & Management 134(2): 186-196; Tebes-Stevens, C., A.J. Valocchi, J.M. VanBriesen, and B.E. Rittmann (1998) “Multicomponent transport with coupled geochemical and microbiological reactions: model description and example simulations,” Journal of Hydrology, 209: 8-26; and Banaszak, J.E., J.M. VanBriesen, B.E. Rittmann and D.T. Reed (1998) “Mathematical Modeling of the Effects of Aerobic and Anaerobic Chelate Biodegradation on Actinide Speciation,” Radiochimica Acta, 82: 445-451.

Again, Intellirights thanks Dr. Pradeep Khosla and the Carnegie Mellon team and for arranging this interview, and we look forward to learning more about the university’s research in these vital areas going forward.

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