Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Environmental and water resources engineering,
hydropower optimization and management, sustainability engineering,
environmental security, and contaminant fate and transport applied to
groundwater, soil, and sediment systems
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 Brigadier General in the U.S. Army Reserve for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Pacific Ocean Division.
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