Mark French


Mark N. French, PhD, PE, is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Louisville and served as Department Chair from 2002-2004.
Mark's current areas of research focus is sustainable water treatment for drinking water to meet needs of people in developing areas and industry while limiting adverse environmental impacts. His teaching research is in Project-Based Learning for competency based student evaluation and Online Learning course development methods.
Mark's research includes real-time rainfall-runoff, forecasting and managing water quality in reservoirs, sustainable water supply and wastewater treatment systems, waterway transportation logistics, and methods of effective teaching and learning in engineering.
Dr. French teaches courses in mechanics, hydraulics, surface hydrology, water treatment, groundwater flow (classroom and online), and international service learning for engineering students (with travel to the Philippines).
He served as faculty mentor for the Brown Fellows Scholar program class of 2018 at the University of Louisville, and has served on the engineering faculty in the Kentucky Governor's Scholar Program in 2012-2013.
Mark is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Kentucky, and has a PhD from the University of Iowa, Iowa Institute for Hydraulic Research, MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MEng and BS from the University of Louisville.


  • Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1992
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990
  • M.Eng. in Civil Engineering, U. Louisville, 1987
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, U. Louisville, 1985


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