Department of

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rachel A. Brennan, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering
Director, Advanced Ecological Engineering Systems Laboratory
Advisor, Environmental Engineering Minor


Rachel Brennan  

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

(814) 865-9428 (phone)
(814) 863-7304 (fax)

Brennan Research Group Home Page
Environmental Engineering Minor

    Research | Courses | Vitae

Primary Research Interests
Bioremediation of hazardous wastes and emerging contaminants
Biological, chemical, and physical treatment of acid mine drainage
Advanced ecological wastewater treatment (Eco-Machines™)
Sustainable development of water-energy infrastructure

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 497, Applied Field Methods for Remediation Design
C E 578, Groundwater Remediation

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

Senior Environmental Engineer, Golder Associates, Melbourne, Australia (2012-2013)
Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University (2011-present)
Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University (2004-2011)
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
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
State College Borough Water Authority Advisory Board (2010-present)
Faculty Advisory Board, College of Engineering, Penn State (2010-present)
Co-chair, Undergraduate Committee, Civil & Environmental Engr., Penn State (2010-present)
Director, Advanced Ecological Engineering Systems Laboratory, Penn State (2008-present)
Advisor, Environmental Engineering Minor, Penn State (2007-present)
Research Committee, Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (2008-present)
Member, American Society for Mining & Reclamation (2008-present)
Member, American Society for Microbiology (2005-present)
Member, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (2005-present)
Member, American Society of Engineering Education (2002-present)
Member, American Chemical Society (1999-present)

Publications, Presentations, & Seminars