Adam R. Brady, P.E.

PhD Candidate
Sharp Group

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


An active duty Army officer, upon completion of my PhD I will return to the United States Military Academy as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.


Research Interests

Environmental sustainability, passive water treatment systems, engineered wetlands, environmental microbiology, sustainable systems development, sustainable water and wastewater engineering

Dissertation Research

Optimizing the footprint of an engineered wetland while increasing the reliability and resiliency of wetland design through enhanced biotic and abiotic contaminant transformation capacity. Additionally, I will seek to quantify the potential for these wetlands to be used with other impaired waters.


BS in Environmental Science, United States Military Academy, 2002

MS in Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2012


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Cath T., Elimelech, M., McCutcheon JR., McGinnis, R.L., Achilli, A., Anastasio, D., Brady, A, Childress, A.E., Farr, I.V., Hancock, N.T., Lampi, J., Nghiem, L.D., Xie, M., Yin, N. “Standard methodology for evaluating membrane performance in osmotically driven membrane processes”. Desalination, Vol. 312 (2013), pp 31-38.

Baideme, M., Brady, A., Robbins, C. “Distributed Treatment Systems”. Water Environment Research, Vol. 85 (2013), pp. 1339-1353.


Technical and Popular Publications

Brady, A., “Thoughts on KD from the Other Side”. Field Grade Leader, June 2018.

Montcalm, R., Brady, A., “Life after S3 and XO – Recommendations on Proactive Assignment Planning”. Field Grade Leader, August 2017.

Brady, A., Montcalm, R. “KD Lessons Learned: You Own the Readiness Challenge”. Field Grade Leader, July 2017.

Brady, A., Satchell, T. “Security Force Assistance and the Concept of Sustainable Training as a Role for the U.S. Military in Today’s World”. Army Press Online Journal, Vol. 16-3 (2016).

Brady, A., Cardone, T., den Harder, E. “Mission Command on the Move”. ARMOR Magazine, OCT-DEC (2015).

Brady, A., Powell, J. “Integrating a Tactical-level Staff into an Operational-level Headquarters”. Army Press Online Journal, Vol. 15-5 (2015).

Brady, A., Menhart, D., Thomas, R.B. “A Tool for Achieving Regional Understanding at the Company/Platoon Level”. ARMOR Magazine, OCT-DEC (2013).

Brady, A., Pfluger, Andrew R., Mauldin, E., Starke, J., “Providing Basic Sanitation: A Means to Achieving the Military’s Strategic Objectives during Stability Operations”. Small Wars Journal, November 2013. Article was republished on the Joint Center for International Security Forces Assistance (JCISFA) communities of interest and the Stability Operations Lessons Learned and Information Management Systems (SOLLIMS) lessons and knowledge library site.

Brady, A. “Sustainable Development as a Military Tool.” Small Wars Journal, July 2013.Brady, A. “Hard Learned Lessons of Others: What the US Military Can Learn from Successful Development Groups in Today’s World”. Small Wars Journal, August, 2013.


Brady, A., Scholes, R., Vega, M., Sedlak, D., Sharp, J., “Increasing Resilience While Decreasing Footprint of Engineered Wetlands,” 2018 Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) Industrial Advisors Board (Fountain Valley, CA), October 2018. (Poster)

Bradway, B., Brady, A., Starke, J., “Lessons Learned from Building a Biogas Digester in Uganda,” 2013 International WaTER Conference (Norman, OK), September 2013. (Poster)


Dewart, E., Brady, A., Starke, J., “Construction of an Anaerobic Digester in Rural Uganda,” 2013 International WaTER Conference (Norman, OK), September 2013. (Poster)

Brady, A., Starke, J., “Experiences at the Nexus of Sanitation and Energy,” 2013 New York City Watershed/Tifft Science and Technology Symposium (West Point, NY), September 2013.

Brady, A., Pfluger, A., “Sanitation in the United States Army,” Stanford Environmental Engineering and Science Invited Lecturer Seminar Series (Stanford, CA), November 2012.


Sharp Lab
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401