David E. Schaad

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Professor of the Practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. David Schaad has over seventeen years of design and engineering experience as a consulting engineer working for various firms including: Parsons Engineering Science, Appian Consulting Engineers and Marshall Miller and Associates.

As part of his experience, Dr. Schaad has: designed waste water treatment systems to address industrial and domestic waste streams; developed designs of storm water control structures and strategies to address water quality and quantity; designed fluid transport systems to replace water supplies impacted by anthropogenic sources; designed fuel transport and delivery systems; developed designs for commercial and residential development; prepared land use plans; developed designs to protect against potential flood hazards; designed and developed plans and specifications for fluid handling systems, waste mitigation alternatives and remedial actions for RCRA and CERCLA sites including active industrial facilities and inactive disposal sites (including NPL sites); conducted feasibility studies by evaluating and analyzing the economic and engineering considerations of multiple design alternatives; obtained extensive experience with innovative remedial techniques (including groundwater extraction and treatment, air sparging, soil vapor extraction, and bioventing).

Current research focuses on 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.

He is also the faculty advisor for Duke Engineers for International Development (http://deid.pratt.duke.edu/) and has led DukeEngage experiences every year since the inception of the program. He has facilitated and/or led trips to Indonesia, Uganda, Kenya, Honduras, El Salvador, Bolivia, and Peru. Representative projects he has worked on include: building a 4800sf Infant and Maternal Health Clinic, constructing a 100ft long vehicular bridge over a seasonally flooded river, and installing a 3km long waterline. He was an inaugural member of the Faculty Leadership Council (FLC) of EWB and is a registered professional engineer in 21 states.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Professor of the Practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Contact Information:
  • Office Location: 126 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5174
  • Email Address: david.schaad@duke.edu
Education:

  • Ph.D. Duke University, 1998
  • M.S. University of Colorado at Boulder, 1991
  • B.A. Denison University, 1990

Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests:

Current research focuses on 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.

Specialties:

Water, Resources and Treatment
Waste, Hazardous
Hydrology
Design
Environmental Engineering
Education, Engineering
Policy, Science and Engineering

Courses Taught:
  • 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 315: Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community
  • CEE 394: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • CEE 469: Integrated Environmental Design
  • CEE 490: Special Topics in Civil Engineering
  • CEE 491: Projects in Civil Engineering
  • CEE 492: Projects in Civil Engineering
  • CEE 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • CEE 511: Construction Management
  • CEE 679: Environmental Engineering Project Management
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • EGR 190: Special Topics in Engineering
  • 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 365: Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community
  • 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
  • PUBPOL 211: Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Huettel, L; Gustafson II, 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; II, MRG; 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].
    • Schaad, DE; Chambers, W; Halley, JM; Denson, S, Design and performance of multipurpose constructed wetland and flow equalization basin, Journal of Environmental Engineering, vol 134 no. 2 (2008), pp. 118-125 [10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9372(2008)134:2(118)] [abs].
    • Schaad, DE; Franzoni, LP; Paul, C; Bauer, A; Morgan, K, A perfect storm: Examining natural disasters by combining traditional teaching methods with service-learning and innovative technology, International Journal of Engineering Education, vol 24 no. 3 (2008), pp. 450-465 [abs].
Experience
  • Professor of the Practice and Associate Chair (2012 - Present); Associate Professor of the Practice and Associate Chair (2008 - 2012); Adjunct Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair (2003 - 2008), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University
  • Senior Engineer, Marshall Miller & Associates, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, 2003-2006
  • Vice President - Civil Engineering, Marshall Miller & Associates, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, 2000-2003
  • Project Design Engineer, Appian Consulting Engineers, P.A., Wake Forest, North Carolina, 1999-2000
  • Senior Project Engineer, Marshall Miller & Associates, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1997-1999
  • Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, 1996-1997
  • Project Engineer, Parsons Engineering Science, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, 1991-1995
Honors and Service:
  • Registered Professional Engineer – Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin
  • Board Certified Environmental Engineer (Hazardous Waste), American Academy of Env. Engineers, 2005 Diplomate, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, 2008
  • North Carolina Contractor’s Exam Qualifier: Highway (2002), Public Utilities (2002) and Building (2004)
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (1990)
  • Sigma Pi Sigma, National Physics Honorary (1990)
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honorary (1990)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers