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Kurt Pennell

Professor, School of Engineering
Brown University

Dr. Kurt Pennell moved to Brown University in January 2018 as the 250th Anniversary Professor of Engineering. Previously, Dr. Pennell was Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University, and the Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Environmental Engineering. Prior to moving to Tufts, Dr. Pennell was a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and held an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Pennell’s research addresses three main topics; soil and groundwater remediation, engineered nanomaterial fate and transport, and environmental toxicology. His current research focuses on in situ remediation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), environmental exposure monitoring and metabolic responses, and the use of engineered nanomaterials for subsurface characterization. Dr. Pennell has published over 150 referred journal articles and book chapters, is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE), and a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His work has received numerous awards, including the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Project of the Year in Environmental Restoration (2006, 2012).


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