Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2022
  • M.S., Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2017
  • M.S., Chemical and Biological Engineering, Oregon State University, 2016
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Temple University, 2013
Licenses & Certifications
  • 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Certification (HAZWOPER)
  • Professional Certificate in Data Science
Professional Honors
  • NSF Graduation Research Fellowship, 2015–2020
  • NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, 2016–2018
  • Jay D. Samstag Engineering Fellowship, 2016–2017
  • Oregon State University Environmental Engineering Fellowship, 2013–2014
  • Temple University Civil Engineering Senior Design Project Award, 2013
  • NSF Nanotechnology Undergraduate Research Award, 2012
Professional Affiliations
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Bar Association (associate member)

Dr. Brueck is an environmental engineer-in-training in Exponent's Environmental & Earth Sciences practice. He specializes in environmental chemistry and microbiology with particular emphasis in agricultural waste management and environmental chemical fate and transport. He also has expertise in the areas of analytical chemistry, nontargeted analysis, cheminformatics, and data science for chemical identification. Dr. Brueck helps clients tackle problems related to site investigation and remediation, chemical forensics, carbon offset technology, and data retrieval and management.

Dr. Brueck's research has focused on the fate of anthropogenic organic chemicals in a variety of matrices including wastewater, animal manure, biosolids, and vegetables using modern analytical chemistry and data analysis techniques. He has experience modeling chemical degradation kinetics, measuring contaminant partitioning coefficients, and identifying transformation products and metabolites from the biodegradation of various pesticides, antibiotics, and animal feed additives during anaerobic digestion. Dr. Brueck has developed computational methods to process large chemical datasets to identify and predict molecular relationships.

Dr. Brueck is skilled in data visualizations, multivariate statistical analyses, and task automation using R and Python programming languages. He has developed image processing methods for particle tracking in 3-dimensions from datasets produced by x-ray microtomography. Chris has analytical expertise in high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled with high-resolution mass spectrometry (Orbitrap and QTOF), gas chromatography (GC) with either thermal conductivity detectors (TCD) or flame ionization detectors (FID).