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Caitlin Grady

Assistant Professor


  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Law, Policy, and Engineering

226C Sackett Building


Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

LPE Academic Working Group; Water Resources Engineering

Interest Areas:

Water resources sustainability, water-food-energy nexus, water security, international development




  • BA, Humanities, Science, and the Environment, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2010
  • M.Eng, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, 2011
  • Ph D, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Purdue University, 2015



  • T Younos and Caitlin Grady, 2014, Potable water: emerging global problems and solutions, Springer International Publishing
  • T Younos and Caitlin Grady, 2013, Climate change and water resources, Springer International Publishing

Book, Chapters

  • Caitlin Grady, ShihChi Weng and Ernest R Blatchley, 2014, Global potable water: current status, critical problems and future perspectives, Springer International Publishing, pp. 37-59
  • Yuan-sheng Chen, Lu Li, Lei Jiang, Caitlin Grady and Xin-hui Li, 2013, The impact of urban water use on energy consumption and climate change: A case study of household water use in Beijing, Springer International Publishing, pp. 169-197

Journal Articles

  • Tasnuva Mahjabin, Susana Garcia, Caitlin Grady and Alfonso Mejia, 2018, "Large cities get more for less: water footprint efficiency across the US", PLOS One, 13, (8), pp. 1-17
  • Caitlin Grady, Kein Van Nguyen, Thai Van Nguyen and Ernest R Blatchley, 2018, "Who is being left behind? An analysis of WASH access in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta", Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 8, (3)
  • Caitlin Grady, Emmanuel C Kipkorir, Kien Nguyen and E R Blatchley, 2015, "Microbial quality of improved drinking water sources: evidence from western Kenya and southern Vietnam", Journal of Water and Health, 13, (2), pp. 607 LP – 612
  • Caitlin Grady, Xiaozheng He and Srinivas Peeta, 2015, "Integrating social network analysis with analytic network process for international development project selection", Expert Systems with Applications, 42, (12), pp. 5128–5138
  • Caitlin Grady, Adam P Reimer, Jane Frankenberger and Linda Stalker Prokopy, 2013, "Locating existing best management practices within a watershed: The value of multiple methods", Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 49, (4), pp. 883–895
  • Caitlin Grady and Tamim Younos, 2012, "Bottled water technology and its global ramifications: An overview", International Water Technology Journal, 2, (2), pp. 185-195
  • Paniz Mohammadpour, Tasnuva Mahjabin, Jose Fernandez and Caitlin Grady, , "From national indices to regional action—An Analysis of food, energy, water security in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru", Environmental Science & Policy, 101, pp. 291-301

Conference Proceedings

  • Susana Garcia, Sarah Michele Rajtmajer, Caitlin Grady, Paniz Mohammadpour and Alfonso Mejia, 2019, "Performance of a Multi-layer Commodity Flow Network in the United States Under Disturbance", Complex Networks and Their Applications VIII, Springer, 882
  • Jessica Menold, Catherine Berdanier, Sarah Ritter, Meredith Handley, Elizabeth Starkey, Margaret Byron, Caitlin Grady, Scarlett Rae Miller and Matthew Parkinson, 2019, "BUILDing a community of female makers through hands-on experiences in a university MakerSpace", IEEE

Technical Reports

  • Samuel Bockenhauer, Fletcher Fields, Zachary Clement, Alice Chao, Robert Schmitt, Caitlin Grady and David Schoeberlein, 2017, "Energy-Water Nexus", 4, pp. 1-93

Research Projects

  • September 2019 - August 2024, "Thriving Agricultural Systems in Urbanized Landscapes," (Sponsor: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture).
  • January 2020 - December 2024, "CAREER: Ethical implications of connected critical infrastructure in the food-energy-water nexus," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • September 2018 - August 2023, "NRT-INFEWS: Landscape-U, Impactful partnerships among graduate students and managers for regenerative landscape design," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • July 2018 - June 2020, "Health impacts of roadway dust and groundwater following treatment with oil and gas fluids," (Sponsor: Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE)).
  • January 2019 - December 2019, "Security Research Faculty Fellowship," (Sponsor: Center for Security Research and Education).
  • April 2018 - June 2019, "What would the Susquehanna River Basin (SRB) look like in a European Union (EU) Water Framework Directive?," (Sponsor: Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE)).

Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Appreciation Award, Penn State School of International Affairs, April 2018
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation, June 2012 - December 2014
  • Across Borders Fellow - Early Career Award, U.S. Department of State, Dickinson University, July 2011


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Co-Chairperson, Water Consortium Committee on Graduate Education, January 2019 - January 2020
  • Committee Work, Co-Chairperson, College of Engineering Law, Policy, and Engineering Working Group, November 2018
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Faculty Advisor, Lockheed Martin Engineering Ethics Case Competition, September 2017 - May 2019
  • Other, Faculty, Faculty Affiliate of the School of International Affairs, April 2017

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Committee Member, Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors, April 2019
  • Service to Citizen and/or Client Groups, Other, Mediator, The Pennsylvania Agricultural Mediation Program, August 2019
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Faculty Mentor, American Geophysical Union - Mentoring 365, August 2018
  • Participation in Community Affairs, Faculty Mentor, First LEGO League, September 2017 - November 2017
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Judge, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Outstanding Student Paper Awards, December 2017
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Judge, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Outstanding Student Paper Awards, December 2018
  • Service to Governmental Agencies, Panelist, National Science Foundation, 2019
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Reviewer, Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, May 2019