Catherine Peters

George J. Magee Professor of Geosciences and Geological Engineering
Director, Program in Geological Engineering
Office Phone
E412 Engineering Quad

PhD          Joint degree in Civil Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1992. 

MS            Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 1987.

BSE           Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1985.

Concurrent University Appointments
  • Director, Program in Geological Engineering
  • Associated Faculty, Department of Geosciences
  • Associated Faculty, High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM)
  • Associated Faculty, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
  • Executive Committee, Program in Sustainable Energy
Honors, Awards, DISTINCTIONS
  • Fellow, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), since 2016.
  • Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Engineering Science, Mary Ann Liebert.
  • 2012 EPA P3 Award for Sustainable Design Project, Power-in-a-BoxTM.
  • President, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). 2002-03.
  • Princeton Commendation List for Outstanding Teaching.
Research interests

Dr. Peters works in the areas of environmental chemistry and geochemistry. Her work focuses on the environmental challenges of subsurface energy technologies such as geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide, geothermal energy production, and hydrofracking for shale gas extraction. She applies a range of approaches to solving these problems, including laboratory experiments for experimental investigation, imaging via X-ray spectroscopy and electron microscopy, and mathematical modeling for reactive transport simulations. Dr. Peters has a collaborative research style, working with colleagues at numerous other universities and national labs. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Peters is the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Engineering Science, and is on the Advisory Board for Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology (Wiley Journals). She is a past President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.


CEE 304 / ENE 304 / ENV 300 Environmental Engineering and Energy
CEE 505 Statistical Methods for Data Analysis, Modeling and Experimental Design
CEE 571 Environmental Chemistry
CEE 599 Special Topics in EEWR: Modeling of Geochemical Kinetics and Reactive Transport


Selected Publications