Professional Background

Professional Background

Derick G. Brown, PhD, PE, BCEE
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science

Associate Dean Office:  
Packard Laboratory
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015

Research Office and Laboratory:
STEPS Building, Room 346
1 West Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015


Professional Registration

  • Professional Engineer, State of Pennsylvania
  • Professional Engineer, State of California
  • Board Certified Environmental Engineer, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Research and Work Experience

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science (2023-Present)
  • Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University (2018-Present)
  • Associate Chair, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University (2015-2023)
  • Co-Director, Environmental Initiative, Lehigh University (2010-2018)
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University (2007-2018)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University (2001-2007)
  • Research Associate, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University (2000-2001)
  • Research Assistant, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University (1994-2000)
  • Technical Consultant, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company (1994)
  • Senior Project Engr., Multimedia Environmental Technology, Inc. (1993-1994)
  • Technical Specialist, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company (1986-1993)

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of Eugene Mercy, Jr. President and Provost’s Fund for Faculty Development, Lehigh University, 2014 and 2017.
  • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science Teaching Excellence Award, Lehigh University, 2011.
  • Class of 1961 Associate Professorship, Lehigh University, 2009-2011.
  • Frank S. Hook Assistant Professorship, Lehigh University, 2004-2006.
  • The Lehigh Engineering Ingenuity Award for Exceptional Accomplishment in Teaching and/or Research for Junior Faculty, 2004.
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2002.
  • P.C. Rossin Assistant Professorship, Lehigh University, 2001-2003.
  • Princeton Environmental Institute Research Initiative in Science and Engineering Fellowship, 1997.
  • McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company’s General Manager’s Award, 1989.
  • McDonnell Douglas Independent Research and Development Awards, 1989 & 1991

Affiliated Programs at Lehigh

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Member
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
  • International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM)
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society (TBP)
  • US Research Software Engineer Association (US-RSE)

Professional Committees

  • WEF Research and Innovation Committee (2018-2020)
  • AEESP Publications Committee (2016-2020).
  • PWEA Research Committee (2014-2020).
  • EPA Science Advisory Board, Environmental Engineering Committee (2015-2018).
  • ASTM Committee D18, Soil and Rock (2013-2017).
  • ASTM Committee D19, Water (2013-2017).


  • “In-situ, self-adjusting stability control of methane-producing anaerobic biological reactors through novel use of ion exchange fibers.” US Patent No. 10,399,877. Filed 25 September 2017. Issued 3 September 2019. Assignee: Lehigh University. Inventors: Arup K. SenGupta, Derick G. Brown, and Yu Tian.
  • “Method and Apparatus for Characterizing Coal Tar in Soil.” US Patent No 7,393,689. Filed 27 January 2004. Issued 1 July 2008. Assignee: Lehigh University. Inventors: Horace K. Moo-Young, Derick G. Brown and Andrew J. Coleman.

Journal Peer Review

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Applied Surface Science
  • Biotechnology and Bioengineering
  • Biofouling
  • Chemical Geology
  • Colloids and Surfaces A: Physiochemical and Engineering Aspects
  • Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
  • Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology
  • Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science
  • Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
  • Energy and Fuels
  • Environmental Chemistry Letters
  • Environmental Engineering & Science
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Science and Research Pollution
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Environmental Technology & Innovation
  • Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry
  • EOS
  • Ground Water
  • International Journal of Soil, Sediment and Water
  • Journal of Applied Mechanics
  • Journal of Biotechnology
  • Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology
  • Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
  • Journal of Environmental Engineering
  • Journal of Hazardous Materials
  • Journal of Hydrologic Engineering
  • Journal of Hydrology
  • Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
  • Journal of Microbiological Methods
  • Langmuir
  • Marine Georesources & Geotechnology
  • Separation Science and Technology
  • Water Environment Research
  • Water Quality Research Journal of Canada
  • Water Research
  • Water Resources Research
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