Civil and Environmental Engineering

Home > Civil and Environmental Engineering > Faculty & Staff > Gene LeBoeuf

Gene LeBoeuf

Eugene J. LeBoeuf, Vanderbilt University Civil and Environmental Engineering
Name: Gene LeBoeuf
Phone: 615 343 7070
Fax: 615 322 3365
Office: 278 Jacobs Hall
Mail: PMB 351831
  2301 Vanderbilt Place
  Nashville, TN 37235-1831 USA
  Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Associate Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Director of Graduate Recruiting in Environmental Engineering

Director, Undergraduate Studies, Civil Engineering


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering – The University of Michigan, 1998
  • M.S., Civil Engineering – Stanford University, 1993
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering and Management Science – Northwestern University, 1986
  • B.S. with high honors, Civil Engineering – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1985
  • Master of Strategic Studies – U.S. Army War College, 2010

Research Interests

Environmental engineering, water resources engineering, water and environmental security, advanced characterization of natural organic matter, systems optimization and management, and contaminant fate and transport applied to groundwater, soil, and sediment systems.

Brief Biography

Dr. LeBoeuf is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department. His research interests focus on two primary areas:
(1) physicochemical processes of environmental systems and developing improved methods to manage and increase sources of hydro-based renewable energy. The current National Science Foundation funded efforts include an integrated experimental and modeling research framework structured around four objectives: advance characterization methods to link physicochemical and macromolecular characteristics of organic matter and the fundamental nanostructure of engineered nanomaterials with their macroscopic interactions, quantify the interactions of nanomaterials and natural organic matter by conducting quartz crystal microbalance attachment/detachment experiments, quantify the influence of natural organic matter on the transport of nanomaterials in porous media, and develop and experimentally validate a mathematical model capable of simulating nanomaterial transport in porous media.
(2) The second area of interest focuses on sustainable-energy water systems, including optimization of multireservoir hydropower systems. The goal of this Department of Energy-funded research initiative is to apply state-of-the-art mathematical and modeling approaches for model reduction, linearization, and multiobjective optimization to multisystem hydropower operations that maximize energy production while minimizing environmental impacts.


He has participated in or led external technical reviews on nuclear waste remediation for the Department of Energy including a range of technology approaches to accelerate cleanup of contaminated areas in vicinity of the Columbia River at Hanford, Washington.

Professor LeBoeuf also serves as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve where he currently serves as the Military Chief, Emergency Operations Center, for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Pacific Ocean Division.

Graduate Student: Coy McNew, Research Advisee of Dr. LeBoeuf

CEE Links