Jeanne M. VanBriesen, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Margaret S. Petersen Award for her technical achievements, ASCE leadership, and commitment to mentoring women pursuing engineering careers that mirror the ideals the award’s namesake championed throughout her life.
Duquesne Light Company professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, VanBriesen is a renowned expert in the field of environmental water resources, and her current research is in the broad area of sustainable water systems with a focus on watershed-level management decisions and their effect on urban engineered water systems.
As a senior woman faculty member in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, she is sought particularly by female students for her counsel. VanBriesen takes very seriously the role of advising, and is acutely aware of how female students look to her as a role model. She has also taken on mentoring roles, formal and informal, with junior women faculty members at Carnegie Mellon and other institutions.
VanBriesen has an outstanding record of professional service with ASCE and a number of other professional societies and organizations. Within ASCE she as served as a member of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute’s Education and Research Council, specialty editor for ASCE’s Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, associate editor for ASCE’s Journal of Infrastructure Systems, and guest editor for ASCE’s Journal of Environmental Engineering.
Aside from ASCE, VanBriesen has served on the boards of the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, the Ohio River Basin Consortia for Research and Education, and on the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board.