Four in civil engineering elected to American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Three Vanderbilt civil engineering professors and one senior research scientist who are nationally recognized experts in environmental sustainability and hazardous waste management have been elected for membership in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists and recognized as board certified environmental scientists.


Craig Philip, George Hornberger, Doug Adams and Kevin Brown are recently elected members of AAEES.

Philip, research professor of civil and environmental engineering, has spent 35 years in leadership positions in the transportation industry, including maritime, rail and intermodal. He is director of the Vanderbilt Center for Transportation Research (VECTOR) and serves on a number of boards. In addition to numerous awards, Philip was designated a Distinguished Diplomate in the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers in 2010, and in 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.


Hornberger, University Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Craig E. Philip Professor of Engineering, is the director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment. His research focus is complex water-energy-climate interrelationships. He is an ISI “Highly Cited Researcher” in environmental sciences and engineering, a recognition given to the top 250 individual researchers in each of 21 subject categories. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and has served on numerous boards and committees of the National Academies.


Adams, Daniel F. Flowers Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, founded and co-directs Vanderbilt’s Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability. He also leads Vanderbilt in the national $259M Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation funded by the U.S. Department of Energy in collaboration with lead University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory together with 122 corporate, federal and university partners. His research focus is structural health monitoring. He has received numerous awards, and he is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Philip, Hornberger and Adams were conferred certification in the specialty area of environmental sustainability.


Brown, a senior research scientist in civil and environmental engineering, has received certification in the specialty area of hazardous waste treatment. His current research focuses on life-cycle risk evaluation, model integration, and waste management issues related to proposed advanced nuclear fuel cycles and cementitious barriers for nuclear applications. His research has been supported by the multi-university Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Evaluation (CRESP). He has served on a number of U.S. Department of Energy project review teams and remediation projects.

Their memberships in AAEES bring the total number of Vanderbilt civil engineering teaching and research faculty elected to the academy to nine. Other members, in order of induction, are James Clarke, Steven L. Krahn, Eugene LeBoeuf, David Kosson and Mark Abkowitz.

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