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David E. Schaad
Professor of the Practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. David E. Schaad is a registered professional engineer in 21 states, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with specialties in both Hazardous Waste Management/Site Remediation and Water Supply/Wastewater Engineering, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, and a licensed contractor and a qualifier in Building, Highways and Public Utilities in the State of North Carolina. With an undergraduate degree from Denison University, a Masters from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a doctorate from Duke University, Dr. Schaad began the first stage of his career working for various firms including: Parsons Engineering Science, Marshall Miller and Associates, Appian Consulting Engineers, and AMEC. During that time Dr. Schaad helped lead teams of resourceful and dedicated engineers who tackled a variety of challenging and innovative technical projects (hazardous waste and water/wastewater) for a diverse set of clients including the Norfolk Southern and CSX Railway Companies, the North Carolina and Virginia Departments of Transportation, and North Carolina State University (NCSU), among others. The most significant project Dr. Schaad designed and managed was the remediation of the NCSU Lot 86 National Priorities List (NPL) Site, where shallow soil mixing was used to encapsulate approximately 11,000 cubic yards of chemical and hazardous waste into a ten foot thick monolith about half the size of a football field. After a successful decade and a half as a design engineer, Dr. Schaad transitioned into investing in the next generation of leaders by becoming a Professor of the Practice at Duke University where he could assist future engineers in developing their design skills and ability to move from thinking to conceptualization to implementation. In response to the December 2004 tsunami which devastated coastlines in Southeast Asia, and Hurricane Katrina which impacted the New Orleans area, he began a new course focused on response, rebuilding, and resilience and lead teams to both areas, with the largest being 130 students going to St. Bernard’s Parish over the spring break of 2006, and he continued leading teams to New Orleans every other year for a decade since then. He helped establish Duke Engineers for International Development (https://sites.duke.edu/deid/), which is a student group that works in collaboration with local partners to address identified community needs. His experiential, service-learning pedagogy has helped facilitate over 30 international (and a few domestic) projects impacting over 300 student engineers and over a dozen communities building rain water harvesting tanks, water distribution systems, vehicular and pedestrian bridges, health clinics and primary schools. Dr. Schaad recently led the effort to establish a new Certificate in Global Development Engineering, which on top of their major, helps students broaden their global competency, establish technical depth in a specific track, and have a mentored experiential design/construction experience in the United States or abroad. Dr. Schaad has taught over eighty courses at Duke and has been recognized with departmental and/or school-wide awards for his teaching and mentoring. He currently serves as the President of the Eastern Branch of the North Carolina Section of ASCE.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Professor of the Practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Director of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program
- Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute
- Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
- Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
- Office Location: 126 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5174
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Duke University, 1998
- M.S. University of Colorado - Boulder, 1991
- B.A. Denison University, 1990
Sustainable engineering, community development, water and wastewater treatment design, stormwater retention/detention and treatment design, hazardous waste remediation, urban hydrology, constructed wetland and stream restoration design, ecological stabilization, sustainable engineering in land development, water resources, water and wastewater treatment.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Member. Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honorary Society. 1990
- Member. Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honorary Society. 1990
- Member. Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. 1990
- CEE 132L: Engineering the Planet
- CEE 205: Practical Methods in Civil Engineering
- CEE 315-20: Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community: Structural Focus
- CEE 315-60: Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community: Environmental Focus
- CEE 429: Integrated Structural Design
- CEE 469: Integrated Environmental Design
- CEE 511: Construction Management
- CEE 649: Structural Engineering Project Management
- CEE 679: Environmental Engineering Project Management
- EGR 101L: Engineering Design and Communication
- EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids
- ENVIRON 365-20: Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community: Structural Focus
- ENVIRON 365-60: Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community: Environmental Focus
- ENVIRON 999: Duke Environmental Leadership: Master's Project
- PUBPOL 211-20: Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community: Structural Focus
- PUBPOL 211-60: Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community: Environmental Focus
- RIGHTS 315-20: Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community: Structural Focus
- RIGHTS 315-60: Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community: Environmental Focus
In the News
- Building a Safe Pathway to School in Bolivia, 55 Feet in the Air (Oct 12, 2022 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Reverse Osmosis: How Engineers Save Lives (May 12, 2021)
- How Engineers Save Lives and Enable Human Civilization (Sep 28, 2020)
- Engineers Building Bridges (and Other Good DEIDS) (Oct 4, 2019 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- From Catching Rain to Treating Drinking Water: Engineering Student Projects at Home and Abroad (Nov 16, 2016 | Duke Engineering)
- CEE Students Train to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse (Oct 24, 2016)
- Duke Engineers Build Bridges in Rwanda (Aug 12, 2015)
- After Texas shooting: If free speech is provocative, should there be limits? (May 5, 2015 | McClatchy DC)
- Engineering on a Bed of Nails (Mar 12, 2014)
- Engineering on a Bed of Nails (Mar 12, 2014 | Duke Today)
- MacDonald, L; Thomas, E; Javernick-Will, A; Austin-Breneman, J; Aranda, I; Salvinelli, C; Klees, R; Walters, J; Parmentier, MJ; Schaad, D; Shahi, A; Bedell, E; Platais, G; Brown, J; Gershenson, J; Watkins, D; Obonyo, E; Oyanedel-Craver, V; Olson, M; Lau, R; Rao, G; Arzon, A; Krishnaswamy, K; Pickering, AJ; Mabey, C; Johnson, A; Gehr, R; Linden, K, Aligning learning objectives and approaches in global engineering graduate programs: Review and recommendations by an interdisciplinary working group, Development Engineering, vol 7 (2022) [10.1016/j.deveng.2022.100095] [abs].
- Huettel, L; Gustafson, MR; Nadeau, JC; Schaad, D; Barger, MM; Linnenbrink-Garcia, L, A grand challenge-based framework for contextual learning in engineering: Impact on student outcomes and motivation, Asee Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, vol 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for Society no. 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for Society (2015) [abs].
- Huettel, L; Gustafson, MR; Nadeau, JC; Schaad, DE; Barger, MM; Linnenbrink-Garcia, L, Evidence for the effectiveness of a grand challenge-based framework for contextual learning, Asee Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings (2014) [abs].
- Huettel, LG; Gustafson, MR; Nadeau, JC; Schaad, D; Barger, MM; Linnenbrink-Garcia, L, A grand challenge-based framework for contextual learning in engineering, Asee Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings (2013) [abs].
- Schaad, DE; Farley, J; Haynes, C, Design and routing of storm flows in an urbanized watershed without surface streams, Journal of Hydrology, vol 375 no. 3-4 (2009), pp. 334-344 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.06.028] [abs].