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

 Affiliate Faculty, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Auburn University

 Current email: pclement(at)

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



Professor Clement received the 2016 John Hem award from NGWA for excellence in groundwater science and engineering

PhD student Farhad Jazaei received the 2015 Farvolden Award

Professor Clement presented the Williams Memorial Lecture (listen to the lecture here) at Nebraska Water Center

Professor Clement’s oil spill work was featured in WSFA evening News

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 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.  In 2016, he received the John Hem award from the National Groundwater Association.  In 2013, American Society of Civil Engineers' Board of Direction elected him to the rank of ASCE Fellow.  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 103 peer-reviewed articles (including 2 National Academy reports; 10 book chapters; 91 journal articles) which have received over 2250 ISI Web of Science citations with an Hirsch-Index of 27 (Google Scholar data: over 4200 citations, and an H-index of 35).  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, 27 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, Korea; University of Hong Kong; University New Castle, Australia; University of Auckland, New Zealand; Denmark Technical University, Denmark; Peking University, China; Tsinghua University, China; China University of Geosciences (Beijing), University of Nottingham at Ningbo, China; Delft University, Netherlands; Anna University, India; University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; Technical University of Cartagena, Spain; University of Wollongong, Sydney; Vanderbilt University; Clemson University; Washington State University; Georgia Tech; Colorado School Mines; IIT-Madras, India; IIT-Bombay, India; SRM University, India; University of Hawaii; Rice University; University of Alabama; University of Florida; Florida State; Tuskegee University; Louisiana State University; University of Washington at St Louis; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India; University of Pittsburgh; University of Iowa; University of Missouri-Rolla (Missouri S&T); Kymbago University, Uganda; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Queensland University of Technology; University of Queensland; Griffith University; Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok; KIGAM, Korea; EWHA University, Korea; University of Memphis; University of Houston; Oak Ridge National Lab; Idaho National Lab; Berkeley National Lab; Pacific Northwest National Lab; CSIRO Lab Perth Australia; Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Belgium; USEPA Robert S. Kerr Lab, Ada, Oklahoma; USEPA Research Lab, Athens, Georgia; National Academy of Sciences & Engineering, Washington DC; USDOE Office of Science Program; and National Science Foundation. 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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