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Derick G. Brown

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Position: Associate Professor and Associate Chair;
Co-Director, Lehigh Environmental Initiative

Address: STEPS Building, Room 346
1 West Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3543

Areas of Research

  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Nanotechnologies
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Engineering Processes for Enhanced Sustainability Fate and Transport of Contaminants and Pathogens
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Water Resource Management


as co-director of the Lehigh Environmental Initiative. His lab studies interactions between microorganisms and surfaces, focusing on the implications of bacterial attachment to surfaces; microbial attachment and transport through porous media, focusing on attachment and transport of microorganisms through both saturated and unsaturated porous media; and, microbial kinetics, as applied to remediation of environmental contaminants and treatment of waste streams, and how various environmental and engineering factors affect these kinetics.

Brown is recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award as well as the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science Teaching Excellence Award. He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM),and Sigma Xi scientific research society, and the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi. Brown is registered engineer in California and Pennsylvania, and holds a patent in the area of characterizing coal tar in soil.