Donald Carpenter

Donald D. Carpenter, PhD, PE, LEED AP is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Lawrence Technological University where he teaches courses on ethics/professionalism and water resources.  Dr. Carpenter serves as Director of Assessment for Lawrence Tech after serving as founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.  He has conducted funded pedagogical research and development projects, has published numerous engineering education papers, and conducts faculty effective teaching development workshops.  In 2006, the Kern Family Foundation named Dr. Carpenter a Kern Fellow for Entrepreneurial Education recognizing his efforts to bring innovative team based problem solving into the engineering curriculum to promote the entrepreneurial mindset.

In addition to his work on ethics and entrepreneurial skills, Dr. Carpenter is an accredited green design professional (LEED AP) and practicing professional engineer whose expertise includes Low Impact Development (LID), innovative stormwater best management practices (BMPs), hydrologic and stormwater modeling and design, and field data collection for performance monitoring.  As founding Director of the Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute, he conducts research on stormwater BMPs and advises communities on how to implement innovative stormwater management practices.  Dr. Carpenter routinely provides professional lectures and short courses on innovative stormwater treatment design and their role in LID implementation and fulfillment of LEED Sustainable Sites Credits.  Recent venues for his presentations include the National LID Conference, World Water and Environmental Resources Congress, International Association of Hydraulic Research, Florida Stormwater Association, Michigan Water Environment Association, Michigan Green Industry Association, Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, and American Nursery and Landscape Association.  Finally, Dr. Carpenter is an active committee leader for the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute and a member of the SEMCOG Clean Water Partners and Rouge River Advisory Council.

In 2017, Don was awarded - 'Educational Professional of the Year - Professionalism and promotion of water resource education', from the MWEA.