Civil engineering's Reed, Brennan each receive NSF CAREER Awards

Patrick Reed, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Rachel Brennan, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, have each received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Program for their proposals.

According to the NSF, the Career Awards are highly selective grants to new faculty members believed to be the next generation of academic leaders. Awardees are selected on the basis of creative career development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution and build the foundation for a lifetime of contributions to their discipline.

Reed's five-year, $400,000 grant is titled, "An Integrated Research/Educational Plan for a Grid-Based Collaboratory to Support the Design and Management of Environmental Monitoring Systems." The focus of this research is to provide new tools that combine high-performance computing, advanced visualization and uncertainty modeling, and multi-objective decision support to enhance the design and management of observation networks for environmental systems.

Reed received his bachelor of science in geological engineering from the University of Missouri, and his master of science and doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He joined Penn State in 2002.

Brennan's five-year, $400,000 grant is titled, "Solving a Global Water Crisis in a Local Watershed: A Comprehensive Analysis of Chitin as a Multifunctional Substrate for the Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage." This research will investigate a novel concept for treating acid mine drainage in which the biological reduction of acidity, chemical enhancement of alkalinity, and physical sorption of metals occur simultaneously using one multifunctional substrate: chitin from crab shells.

Brennan received her bachelor of science in geological engineering from New Mexico State University and her master of science and doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has been a faculty member since 2004.

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Last Updated July 06, 2009