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 T. Prabhakar Clement, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE

  Harold Vince Groome Jr. Endowed Professor
  Department of Civil Engineering
212 Harbert Engineering Center
  Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5337
  Phone: (+1)  334-844-6268
  Fax: (+1) 334-844-6290
  Email: clement(at)


“I will prepare and someday my chance will come” – Abraham Lincoln

“Chance favors only the prepared mind” – Louis Pasteur

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration (or preparation)" -  Thomas Alva Edison

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort (preparation), and intelligent execution”- Aristotle

I believe that success in research comes from "preparation" and hard work.  If you joined my team, you will be prepared well to take the utmost advantage of opportunities (chances) you will get in life.  Read this excellent AU commencement speech, where Auburn alumnus Tim Cook (CEO of Apple Computers Inc.) talks about the importance of preparation and hard work.

BIOGRAPHY  [Download Full CV[Journal articles] or [Google Scholar Data]

Dr. T. Prabhakar Clement is a full professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Auburn University where he currently holds a distinguished titled position--Harold Vince Groome Jr. Endowed Scholar in the field of Environmental Engineering.  Dr. Clement joined Auburn University as an associate professor in 2002 and became a full professor in 2007; he was awarded the Arthur H. Feagin Research Chair Professorship in 2007, which he occupied until 2012.  He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE Board of Direction elected him in 2013).  Peking University in China awarded him the Globex Fellow in 2013.  Before joining Auburn University, he was a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Environmental Engineering (Center for Water Research, CWR), Perth, Australia (1999-2002).  Dr. Clement was a post-doctoral fellow and then a senior research engineer at the Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington, from 1994 to 1999.

Dr. Clement has published 75 peer-reviewed journal articles (download CV) that have received over 1300 ISI web of science citations with an Hirsch-Index of 22 (Google Scholar data: over 110 articles and reports,  2450 citations, and an H-index of 27).  He has served as associate editor for several scientific journals including American Geophysical Union journal Water Resources Research, ASCE's Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, National Groundwater Association journal Ground Water, Soil Science Society of Amarica's Vadose Zone Journal, and the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.  He has also served on two National Academy of Sciences and Engineering panels, and numerous other NSF and DOE review panels.  His current research interests include analysis of flow and reactive transport in groundwater systems, laboratory-scale visualization of porous media flow, metal transport in groundwater, numerical methods, bioremediation design, oil spill assessment in sandy beach environments, and modeling of environmental erosion processes.  He has supervised /co-supervised 8 PhD graduates, 25 masters graduates, 5 post-doctoral fellows, and several undergraduate honors students.

Dr. Clement is the lead author of the US Department of Energy's public domain bioremediation model RT3D.  He is also one of the co-authors of the US EPA’s natural attenuation screening tool BIOCHLOR.  His research accomplishment related to the RT3D project received the Federal Laboratory Consortium Seal of Achievement in 1999.  He received the Senior Research Award for Excellence from Auburn University's Alumni Engineering Council in 2006, Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Member award from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering in 2006.  Dr. Clement has served as a member of adjunct graduate faculty at Brigham Young University and at the University of Alabama.  He has given research presentations and visited several universities and research labs including the Seoul National University in Korea, USEPA Robert S. Kerr Lab, Ada, Oklahoma, USEPA Research Lab, Athens, Georgia, University of Hong Kong, University New Castle in Australia, University of Auckland in New Zealand, IIT- Madras India, IIT-Bombay India, Denmark Technical University, Delft University, Netherlands, Anna University-India, SRM University-India, University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, Technical University of Cartagena in Spain, University of Wollongong at Sydney, Peking University in China, Tsinghua University in China, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), University of Nottingham at Ningbo China, Vanderbilt University, Clemson University, Washington State University, Georgia Tech, Colorado School Mines, Rice University, Florida State, Louisiana State University, Missouri S&T-Rolla, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore, Berkeley National Laboratory at UC Berkeley, Oak Ridge National Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Idaho National Lab, Washington University- St Louis, CSIRO Lab in Perth Australia, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Belgium, Kyambogo University, Uganda, Africa, University of Hawaii, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, Griffith University, University of Memphis, University of Iowa, and The University of Houston.  Dr. Clement is a registered Professional Engineer (Civil) in the State of Washington.  For more information, please download the full CV or click on Google Scholar link.

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