Department of

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Rachel A. Brennan, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering
Director, Advanced Ecological Engineering Systems Laboratory
Program Advisor, Environmental Engineering Minor
Faculty Advisor, Engineers Without Borders

 

Rachel Brennan  

Penn State University
231K Sackett Building
University Park, PA 16802

(814) 865-9428 (phone)
(814) 863-7304 (fax)
rbrennan@engr.psu.edu

Brennan Research Group Home Page
Environmental Engineering Minor

    Research | Courses | Vitae

Primary Research Interests
Advanced ecological wastewater treatment systems (Eco-MachinesTM)
Bioremediation of hazardous wastes and emerging contaminants
Biological, chemical, and physical treatment of acid mine drainage
Beneficial reuse of aquatic biomass for the production of fertilizers and biofuels
Sustainable development of ecological infrastructure for developing communities

Courses Taught at Penn State University
C E 370, Introduction to Environmental Engineering
C E 472W, Environmental Engineering Capstone Design
C E 476, Solid & Hazardous Wastes
C E 497A, Applied Field Methods for Remediation Design
C E 497B, Ecological Engineering
C E 578, Groundwater Remediation

Education
2003, Ph.D. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1999, M.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1997, B.S. Geological Engineering with Honors, New Mexico State University

Experience
Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University (July 2011-present)
Senior Consultant, Golder Associates, on-call (July 2013 - present)
Senior Environmental Engineer, Golder Associates, Melbourne, Australia (20122013)
Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University (Jan. 2004 - June 2011)
Consultant, U.S. EPA, Engineering Technical Support Center (2007-2008)
Research Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1999-2003)
International Research Fellow, University of Stuttgart, Germany (2000)
Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1999, 2000)
Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University (1997-1999)
Summer Intern, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM (1995)
Research Assistant, New Mexico State University (1994-1997)

Professional Certification
Licensed Professional Engineer (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PE080055)

Honors and Awards
Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Premiere Teaching Award (2014)
Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (2012)
McKee Groundwater Protection, Restoration, or Sustainable Use Award, WEF (2011)
Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award (2011)
Outstanding Professor Award, Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity (2007)
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation (2007-2012)
Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellowship (2001-2003)
Air & Waste Management Association Scholarship (2001-2002)
Mavis Memorial Fund Scholarship; W. C. Ackermann Scholarship (2001-2002)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (1998-2001)
Top Graduate of Civil, Agricultural, & Geological Engineering Department, NMSU (1997)
Southwestern Bell Scholarship; Greer Scholarship; Stuart Roberson Scholarship (1996-1997)
National American Consulting Engineers Council Scholarship (1995-1996)
New Mexico Scholar’s Scholarship; Crimson Scholar (1992-1996)

Current University Service & Professional Affiliations
Faculty Advisor, Engineers Without Borders (2014-present)
ABET Coordinator, Civil & Environmental Engr. (2014-present)
Chair, Undergraduate Committee, Civil & Environmental Engr. (2014-present)
Promotion and Tenure Committee, Civil & Environmental Engr. (2013-present)
Sabbatical Review Committee, College of Engineering (2013-present)
Wastewater Management Committee, Penn State (2011-present)
Advisory Board, State College Borough Water Authority (2010-present)
Director, Advanced Ecological Engineering Systems Laboratory (2008-present)
Advisor, Environmental Engineering Minor (2007-present)
Research Committee, Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (2008-present)
American Society of Civil Engineers (2014-present)
American Society for Microbiology (2005-present)
Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (2005-present)
American Society of Engineering Education (2002-present)
American Chemical Society (1999-present)

Publications, Presentations, & Seminars