Michel Boufadel

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Michel Boufadel, PhD, a notable voice in the investigation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and BP’s Deepwater Horizon (DWH) blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, has been appointed to the faculty of Newark College of Engineering at NJIT. He will also be directing the Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection (NRDP) at NJIT. Boufadel is an expert in the field of oil spill research and currently serves on the National Research Council (National Academies) Committee on the long term impact of the DWH Blowout. He was formerly a professor at Temple University, chairing its department of civil and environmental engineering.

A Professional Engineer and Professional Hydrologist, accredited by the American Institute of Hydrology, Boufadel is a familiar face at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where he recently served on the EPA Science Advisory Board for natural gas extraction from shale formations.

Boufadel’s projects include floodplain delineation for FEMA and predicting contamination in urban streams. He was involved in the response to the DWH blowout and has received funding from the Unified Command to evaluate oil biodegradation in the Gulf of Mexico beaches following the blowout. The findings of that project can be found in the Report of the Operation Science Advisory Team, which he co-authored. He was the report’s only academic.

Boufadel has more than 80 refereed articles in publications such as Nature, Geoscience, Water Resources Research, Environmental Science and Technology, and Marine Pollution Bulletin.