Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at the University of Delaware

Jennie Saxe

Associate Professor and Associate Chair
343A DuPont Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: (302) 831-2446
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2003 | Ph.D. | University of Delaware, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2000 | M.A.S. | University of Delaware
1998 | B.S.P.H. | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Jennie Perey Saxe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She received her BSPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MAS and PhD from the University of Delaware. Dr. Saxe joined the faculty at the University of Delaware in 2017 after nearly 14 years with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Mid-Atlantic (Region 3) Office. In her time with the US EPA, she served in positions spanning water programs, sustainability, communications, and government affairs.

Dr. Saxe is primarily focused on undergraduate instruction, teaching classes on engineering communication, solid waste management, air pollution control, industrial ecology, and more. In addition to infusing her public sector experience into her classes, she also draws on lessons learned from her experience as an ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Fellow. Stakeholder engagement and environmental justice issues are critical issues for civil and environmental engineers and these topics are woven into Dr. Saxe’s courses and into her research portfolio.

Dr. Saxe is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education, and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. She is also co-advisor of the University of Delaware’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA.


  • Environmental and Water Resources


  1. Saxe, J. P. (April 2021), Teaching empathy through a stakeholder-focused engineering communications course. Paper presented at Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference, Virtual.
  2. Sajjadi B.; Chen W.-Y.; Fan M.; Rony A.; Saxe J.; Leszczynski J.; Righetti T.K. (2021) A Techno-Economic Analysis of Solar Catalytic Chemical Looping Biomass Refinery for Sustainable Production of High Purity Hydrogen. Energy Convers. Manag., 243, 114341.
  3. Saxe J.P., Boman J.H. & Righetti T.K. (2021) Green reentry: criminal justice reform for a just energy transition. SN Soc Sci 1, 101.
  4. Boman IV, J.H., Smith, A.J., Saxe, J., Righetti, T., Rony, A., Fan, M., and Mowen, T.J. (2020) Carbon Capture, Employment, and Coming Home from Prison. Deviant Behav. DOI:
  5. Saxe J.P., Boman IV, J.H., Bondi, M., Norton, U., Righetti, T.K., Rony, A.H., and Sajjadi, B. (2019) Just or bust? Energy justice and the impacts of siting solar pyrolysis biochar production facilities. Energy Res. Soc. Sci., 58 (December) 101259.
  6. Impellitteri C, Saxe J.P., Schmitt E.C., and Young, K.R. (2011) A survey on the temporal and spatial distribution of perchlorate in the Potomac River. J. Environ. Monit., 13, 2277-2283.
  7. Saxe J.P., Lubenow B.L., Chiu P.C., Huang C.-P., and Cha D.K. (2006) Enhanced Biodegradation of Azo Dyes using an Integrated Elemental Iron Pretreatment-Activated Sludge System I: Evaluation of Integrated Treatment System Performance. Water Env. Res. 78, 19-25.
  8. Saxe J.P., Lubenow B.L., Chiu P.C., Huang C.-P., and Cha D.K. (2006) Enhanced Biodegradation of Azo Dyes using an Integrated Elemental Iron -Activated Sludge System II: Effect of Physical Chemical Parameters. Water Env. Res. 78, 26-30.
  9. Perey J.R., Chiu P.C., Huang C.-P. and Cha D.K. (2002) Zero Valent Iron Pretreatment for Enhancing the Biodegradability of Azo Dyes. Water Env. Res. 74,221-225.
  10. Perey J.R., Oh S.-Y., Lubenow B.L., Cha D.K., Chiu P.C. and Huang C.-P. (2001) Enhancing Biodegradability of Refractory Aromatics: Pretreatment with Elemental Iron. in: Ex Situ Biological Treatment Technologies: The Sixth International In Situ and On Site Bioremediation Symposium. p. 149-155. Battelle Press, Columbus.
  11. Perey J.R., Cha D.K., Fuhrman, JJ (2000) Monitoring nitrifying microbial communities in wastewater treatment processes: application of fatty acid analysis. Proc. Water Env. Fed. 13, 574-584.

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