Carolyn LaFleur is a Research Scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center, involved in regional and nationwide initiatives to integrate sustainability and resilience in the natural and built environments. She also works with the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program to develop and test innovative technologies that reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas activities.
Carolyn attended McNeese State University in her home town of Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1988 and a Master of Engineering in 1989. Graduate studies emphasized geotechnical and environmental topics, focusing on permeability theory and development of a new device for in-situ hydraulic conductivity testing. She has worked extensively with groundwater protection, oil and gas operations, waste facilities, sustainable development practices, and environmental permitting.
She is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Texas. As a consulting engineer, her experience includes geotechnics, forensics, earthwork construction, permitting and regulatory compliance, resource recovery and waste projects, pollution prevention and water resources. Prior to receiving her degrees she worked in the offshore oil and gas industry, land surveying and heavy industry. This broad range of experience and a lifelong love of science are reflected in the evolution of her professional endeavors.
As a long-time member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), she has worked with state and national technical groups, serving as Texas Section Technical Chair (Past) for Forensic Engineering. She is involved with the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of ASCE, and currently represents the EWRI Environmental Council Executive Committee on Technical Activities. She currently serves on two technical committees of the Institute, as Past Chair of the Environmental Health and Water Quality Committee, and as Chair-elect of the Hydraulic Fracturing Technical Committee of the Interdisciplinary Council.