Leslie Brunell

Teaching Professor

School: School of Engineering and Science

Department: Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Building: ABS

Room: 227

Phone: (201) 216-5337

Fax: (201) 216-8739

Email: lbrunell@stevens.edu

Education
  • PhD (1996) Stevens Institute of Technology (Civil Engineering)
  • MS (1990) Stevens Institute of Technology (Civil Engineering/Water Resources)
  • BE (1986) Stevens Institute of Technology (Civil Engineering)
Research

Proposal submitted to the NJDEP 319(h) for a “One Day Short Course Curve Number Rainfall Runoff: Professional Application.” Co-PI with Hunter Birckhead, P.E., PP, USDA NRCS Technical Provider, Hunterdon County, NJ.
Currently working with the Rockland County Task Force on Water Resources Management, Rockland County Planning Department to assess measures to decrease Stormwater Runoff and increase infiltration to supplement groundwater supplies. This work is in conjunction with Dr. Elizabeth Fassman.
Educational Proposals:
Community Engagement at Stantec. Funding request to support Senior Design at $4000 per year. Received funding in 2012 - 2018 ($24,000).
New Jersey Botanical Gardens, Digitizing the Gardens, proposal submitted with Dr. Sarath Jagupilla, March 2015. Total amount requested $56,000.
Submitted proposals for a new Fluids Laboratory to NSF. Program Solicitation NSF 06-536 Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI). Co-PI with Dr. Herrington, “Assessment of Engineering Fluid Mechanics Laboratory instruction through Discover Learning Principles.” Total amount requested approximately $150,000. (2006, 2007, 2008)

General Information

Education:
PhD, Civil Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1996
ME, Civil Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology. 1990
BE, Civil Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1986Professional Registration

Professional Registration:
Professional Engineer - New Jersey
Environmental Sustainability Professional

Experience

Consulting Engineer (1989 - 2003) Medina Consultants, P.C. Hackettstown, New Jersey. Designed the drainage for several sections of the proposed New Jersey Transit Light Rail Line in Hudson County, New Jersey. Including site investigation and associated environmental permits. Developed the site plan and associated drainage for the Hamilton Train Station in Hamilton Township, New Jersey
Developed the individual septic system designs and lot grading plans for a 45 lot single-family residential development in Montville, New Jersey. Designed the storm drainage for several residential developments in New Jersey, including detention/retention basins, analysis of existing and proposed conditions, as well as meeting New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection requirements and filing for necessary state and local permits. Prepared the hydrologic and hydraulic calculations of several sites for the application of NJDEP Stream Encroachment Permits and net fill requirements. Also involved in reviewing site plans for municipal planning boards
Project Engineer (1988 - 1989). Buck, Seifert and Jost Paramus, New Jersey. Developed the site plans for residential and industrial complexes. Prepared and submitted the required documentation for New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection stream encroachment, sanitary sewer extensions, wetlands and other related permits
Civil Engineer - Water Resources Division (1986 - 1988). The RBA Group. Morristown, New Jersey. Engineered diverse projects including storm drainage design for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, shoreline protections and flood control plans for the Army Corps of Engineers. Developed a countywide stormwater management plan for the Debois Creek and Manalapan Brook Watersheds. Engineered several site plans and various New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Permits

Institutional Service
  • ASCE Student Chapter Chair
  • Civil Engineering Curriculum Committee Member
  • Extended P&T Committee Member
  • Study Abroad Advisor Chair
  • Stevens student chapter of SWE Member
  • Promotions and Tenure Member
  • Undergraduate Civil Engineering Curriculum Committee Member
  • Study Abroad Advisor Chair
  • Study Abroad Advisor Chair
  • Faculty Search Committee Member
  • Associate Chair of Undergraduate Education Chair
  • Promotions and Tenure Member
  • Design Committee Member
  • Faculty Search Committee Member
Professional Service
  • Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Academic Committee CoChair
  • ASCE North Jersey Director 2
  • NJ Drinking Water Quality Institute Member
  • Supplemental CSO Team Member Committee Member
  • ISI Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure Academic Committee
  • Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure - Academic Committee Co-Chair
  • ASCE ASCE-EWRI Student Council
  • ASEE Reviewer
Consulting Service

Service to the Profession:
New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute. Appointed in November 2019 by Senate President Sweeney.
ASCE North Jersey Branch Board of Directors – 2020 - present
ASCE-EWRI Student and Education Council.
Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Academic Committee.
Zoning Board of Adjustment, Closter, New Jersey.

Appointments

Teaching Professor, January 2017 - Present, Full Time
Teaching Associate Professor, 2013 – January 2017, Full Time
Teaching Assistant Professor, 2007 - 2013, Full Time
Director, Water Resources Graduate Program, 2003 - Present
Lecturer in Civil Engineering, 2001 - 2007, Full Time
Adjunct Faculty, 1997 - 2001, Part Time

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Patent Pending:
U.S. Pat. App. 14/712,042 – Vibrational Energy Harvesting for Structural Health Instrumentation (“VEHSHI”) – Stevens Institute of Technology Ref. 101995.039901. This patent is with work completed with Dr. Marcus Rutner and a senior design team.

Curriculum Advancements/Innovations:
Sponsored Civil Engineering Senior Design Projects, industry support of student projects, since 2000. Receive $20,000 to $24,000 annually from firms including:

WSP
Thornton Tomasetti
The Louis Berger Group
Moretrench
Naik Consulting Group
Stantec (Community Engagement Program)
McLaren Engineering
Structural Workshop
AECOM

Developed and implemented Multidisciplinary Senior Design in conjunction with the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2011 – present).
Graduate Program in Water Resources Engineering (implemented in 2001)
Graduate Certificate in Water Resources Engineering (implemented in 2001)

Honors and Awards

Stevens Institute of Technology 2021 Henry Morton Distinguished Teaching Professor Award
Stevens Institute of Technology Alumni Association 2021 Outstanding Teacher Award
Fellow ASCE, May 2020
ASCE North Jersey Branch, Educator of the Year - 2018
Campus Rainworks Challenge 2ndPlace, April 2016, USEPA Office of Water
Distinguished Teaching Faculty Award, April 2016, Stevens Institute of Technology
Advancement of Invention and Process Award, 2014, New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame
ASCE North Jersey Branch, Educator of the Year – 2007
Educator of the Year, 2003, Consulting Engineers Council of New Jersey

Professional Societies
  • ASCE-EWRI – American Society of Civil Engineering - Environmental Water Resources Institute Member
  • ISI – Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure Member
  • ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow
  • ASEE – American Society of Engineering Educators Member
  • ISI – Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Member
  • ISI – Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Member
  • ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow
  • ASCE-EWRI – American Society of Civil Engineers - Environmental Water Resources Institute Member
  • SWE – Society of Women Engineers Member
  • SWE – Society of Women Engineers Member
  • ASEE - Civil Engineering Division – American Society of Engineering Educators Member
  • ASEE – American Society of Engineering Educators Member
  • ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers Member
  • ASEE – American Society of Engineering Educators Member
  • SWE – Society of Women Engineers Member
  • ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers Member
  • EWRI – Environmental Water Resources Institute Member
Grants, Contracts, and Funds

Potential Research Activities:
Proposal submitted to the NJDEP 319(h) for a “One Day Short Course Curve Number Rainfall Runoff: Professional Application.” Co-PI with Hunter Birckhead, P.E., PP, USDA NRCS Technical Provider, Hunterdon County, NJ.

Rockland County Task Force on Water Resources Management, Rockland County Planning Department to assess measures to decrease Stormwater Runoff and increase infiltration to supplement groundwater supplies. $4000 annually, 2016 - 2019.

Educational Proposals:
Community Engagement at Stantec. Funding request to support Senior Design at $4000 per year. Received funding in 2012 - 2018 ($28,000).

Patents and Inventions

U.S. Pat. App. 14/712,042 – Vibrational Energy Harvesting for Structural Health Instrumentation (“VEHSHI”) – Stevens Institute of Technology Ref. 101995.039901.
This patent is with work completed with Dr. Marcus Rutner and a senior design team.

Selected Publications

Leslie Brunell and Alex Dubro, “Assessing the Sustainability Components of Engineering Capstone Projects.” ASEE 2021 Virtual Annual Conference and Exposition, July 2021.

Leslie Brunell, “Integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Envision Rating System to Evaluate Sustainability in Civil Engineering Capstone Design.” ASEE 2020 Virtual Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2020.

Leslie Brunell, “A Real-World Approach to Introducing Sustainability in Civil Engineering Education.” ASCE EWRI Congress, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2019.

Leslie Brunell, “A Real-World Approach to Introducing Sustainability in Civil Engineering Education.” ASEE Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, June 2019.

Sandra Furnbach-Clavijo, Leslie Brunell, Keith Sheppard and Kishore Pochiraju, “Teaching Entrepreneurial Thinking Through a Companion Course for All Types of Capstone Senior Design Projects.” ASEE 2018 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, June 2018.

Leslie Brunell and Dawn Digrius, “Sin el agua no hay vida: “Without water there is no life, Providing Engineering Undergraduates Opportunities for Real-Time Learning for Student Persistence and Retention.” Presented and Published at the ASCE-EWRI Annual Congress, Minneapolis, MN, June 2018

Leslie Brunell, “Professional Interaction with Undergraduate Engineering Students, Designing Solutions to Real World Problems while Completing the Capstone Design.” Presented at the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 2016.

Leslie Brunell and Elizabeth Fassman-Beck, “Dual Opportunity for Education and Outreach to Evaluate Benefits of GI Implementation” Presented and Published at the ASCE-EWRI International Low Impact Development Conference, Portland, Maine, August 2016.

Leslie Brunell and Dawn Digrius, “Sin el agua no hay vida: Providing Under-Represented Engineering Undergraduates Opportunities for Real-Time Learning for Student Persistence and Retention” Presented and Published at the American Society for Engineering Education Pacific Southwest Conference, April 2016.

Leslie Brunell, “Utilization of Canvas Blackboard Collaborate for Remote Instruction.” Presented at the NJEdge faculty showcase, March 2016.

Reviewer for Canal and Dams, by Donna Latham, Nomad Press, 2013.

Reviewer for Urban Stormwater Management, by Hormoz Pazwash, CRC Press, 2011

Content Reviewer of the Civil Engineering and Architecture Course for Project Lead the Way Curriculum, November 2008.

New York American Council of Engineering Companies (NYACEC) Judge for the regional engineering excellence competition (March 2008)

Leslie Brunell and Scott Hamilton, “Peer Review in Engineering Courses as a Learning Tool” Presented and Published at the American Society of Engineering Educators Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 2006.

Assistant Mentor at the ExCeEd Teaching Workshop sponsored by the ASCE at West Point, July 2005.

Leslie Brunell, “Effective Implementation of Industry-Sponsored Senior Design in a Civil Engineering Program.” Presented and Published at the American Society of Engineering Educators Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, June 2005.

Reviewer for Introduction to Hydraulics and Hydrology 2nd Edition, by John E. Gribbin, Thomson/Delmar Learning, March 2005.
Field Reviewer for the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Review administered by the ASEE.
Title of Proposal: Water Properties and Underwater Imaging Systems.
Applicant: Dr. Deric Cray.
December 2004.

Reviewer for Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications by Yunus A. Çengel and John M. Cimbala, for McGraw Hill Publishers, September 2004.

Received a full scholarship to participate in the ExcEEd Teaching Workshop sponsored by ASCE, ASEE, ASME at West Point, July 2004.

Panelist for Watershed Management and the University conference, May 29, 2003

Teaching and Learning Effectively using New Technologies, April 2003.

Leslie Brunell, “Surface and Ground Water Issues Exposed in Project Based Learning.” Presented at the American Water Resources Association Summer Specialty Conference, July, 2002

Leslie Brunell, Roy Meyer and Dimitris Dermatas “Application of Non-Point Source Models to Predict Surface Water Quality Resulting From Golf Course Management Practices.” Presented at the Water Environment Federation Specialty Conference “Watershed ‘96”, June 1996.

Leslie Brunell and Lakshmi N. Reddi. “A Hierarchy of Models to Asses Surface and Groundwater Impacts Due to Agricultural Pollutants.” Presented at the FOCUS Conference on Eastern Regional Ground Water Issues, October 1991.

Courses

Undergraduate Courses:
CE304 Water Resources Engineering
CE342 Fluid Mechanics
CE342L Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (2005 – 2012)
CE381 Civil Engineering Measurements Laboratory
CE423 Civil Engineering Design VII
E423X1 Multidisciplinary Design VII
CE424 Civil Engineering Design VIII
E424X1 Multidisciplinary Design VIII
E101 Engineering Experience
E126 Mechanics of Solids (2000 – 2006)

Graduate Courses in the Water Resources Program:
CE535 Stormwater Management
CE651 Drainage Design
CE685 Advanced Hydrology
CE650 Water Distribution Systems Analysis

Redesigned Courses:
CE381 Surveying to Civil Engineering Measurements Laboratory
CE685 Advanced Hydraulics