Caitlin Grady joins the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering added a new faculty member this semester. 

Caitlin Grady has joined the department as an assistant professor in civil engineering. She received both her master’s degree in agricultural and biological engineering and her doctorate in civil and environmental engineering with a focus on water resources from Purdue University and her bachelor’s degree in science and technology studies from Virginia Tech.

Prior to joining Penn State, Grady worked on scientific and financial analyses for ongoing negotiations for the U.S. Department of State on the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. In this position, she served on the negotiating team for the recently adopted Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

Prior to that, Grady was awarded a 2015 Congressional Fellowship on Women and Public Policy and then served as a legislative assistant for Congresswoman Betty McCollum working on issues including water, energy, financial services and civil rights. She was also a post-doctoral researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy working on the water-energy nexus.

Her research interests include water resources vulnerability modeling, international environmental treaties, monitoring and evaluation of international development projects and the food, water, energy nexus.

As an assistant professor at Penn State, Grady will be teaching Fluid Mechanics in the fall and a course on the topic of engineering and public policy in the spring.


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The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

212 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084