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

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

Professional Registration
Professional Engineer - New Jersey

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
  • 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
  • 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
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

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

ASCE North Jersey Branch, Educator of the Year - 2017
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
  • 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
Selected Publications
Conference Proceeding
  1. Brunell, L. (2019). A Real-World Approach to Introducing Sustainability in Civil Engineering Capstone Design. ASEE 2019 Annual Conference. Tampa, FL: ASEE.
  2. Clavijo, S. F.; Brunell, L.; Sheppard, K.; Pochiraju, K. (2018). Teaching entrepreneurial thinking through a companion course for all types of capstone senior design projects. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings (vol. 2018).