Gerard LennonGerard Lennon

Water Resources Engineering

STEPS Building
Room 334
Lehigh University
1 West Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3001, USA

P: (610) 758-3558

Curriculum Vitae


• Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1980
• M.S.,  Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1977
• B.S.,  Civil Engineering, Drexel University, 1975

Research and Scholarship

For over 30 years Dr. Lennon has conducted studies on groundwater hydrology and surface water hydraulics, surface water/groundwater interactions, and subsurface contaminant migration. He has published more than 70 papers in journals and conference proceedings, and he has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Mellon Foundation and other agencies. Dr. Lennon’s work includes field and laboratory studies as well as modeling ground and surface water flow, subsurface contaminant migration, effectiveness of containment and remediation alternatives including barrier walls, and estimation of fluid expulsion from geothermal vents in the Oregon Accretionary Prism in the Pacific Ocean. The Oregon work sent Dr. Lennon on two of the project’s 13 Alvin Submersible dives. He is a co-author of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “Design Manual for Fluidization Systems.”

Since becoming Lehigh’s Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Lennon’s modest research activity involves primarily working with Dr. Derick Brown on groundwater contamination studies. He returned to the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty in 2013.

Teaching and Service

Currently Dr. Lennon’s primary effort is administrative. As Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, he is responsible for coordinating the interactions between academic affairs and student life, including the first-year experience and co-curricular activities, enrollment management and accreditation. He interacts with the college deans and associate deans on raising the reputation of Lehigh’s undergraduate and graduate academic programs. He also supervises and provides leadership to other initiatives such as the Academic Outreach office.

Dr. Lennon’s teaching experience includes sophomore-level graphics and design, fluid mechanics, environmental groundwater hydrology, and transportation engineering. He has directed or co-directed about 20 graduate students for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. His awards include the Lehigh Class of 1961 Professorship, the Lehigh Junior Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Lindback Foundation Award for teaching excellence by a senior member of the faculty.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Dr. Lennon and his colleagues Mark Connar and Mike Kaas were each invited to give a presentation at the Society of Industrial Archeology's annual conference in June 2018; the Lehigh site described by those papers is the subject of the cover and lead paper of the winter edition of their SIA Newsletter. The pdf's of the three presentations appear below, Mike's is first, Mark's is second, and mine is third.

Lennon, G.P. and Jensen, J., “From Progress Report to Superlative: A PRR Road Map,” presented at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education annual meeting, Washington, D.C., December 3‐5, 2014.

Lennon, G. P., Ochs, J. B., and Brown, D. G., “Student Learning Outcomes: Effectively Satisfying Multiple Accreditation Requirements.” American Society of Engineering Educators, 2014 Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2014.

Lengieza, K. M., Caffrey, J. M., Norelli, D., Lennon, G. P., Ochs, J. B., Munley, V., Sterrett, J., “Student Design of Lehigh University Golf Facilities,” American Society of Engineering Educators, 2007  Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2007.

Ochs, J., Lennon, G. P., Watkins, T., and Mitchell, G., “A Comprehensive Model for Integrating Entrepreneurship Education and Capstone Projects while Exceeding ABET Requirements,” American Society of Engineering Educators, 2006 Conference, Chicago, Ill., 2006.

Lennon, G. P., Chang, K-A, Cowan, E., and Lynett, P., Editors, Proceedings of the Philip L-F Liu Symposium, Cornell University, Ithaca N.Y., World Scientific Pub. Co., Sept. 11-12, 2006.

Lennon, G.P., Carson, B., Screaton, E., and Wetzel, M., “Subaqueous Fluid Discharge Measurements from Sediments in Shallow and Deep Water (1m to 1000 m),” Proceedings of the Philip L-F Liu Symposium, Cornell University, Ithaca N.Y., Sept. 11-12, 2006.