Carolyn LaFleur

Research Scientist, Energy and Sustainability

Carolyn LaFleur is a Research Scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center, involved in regional and nationwide initiatives to integrate sustainability and resilience in the natural and built environments. Projects work focuses on innovative infrastructure solutions, responsible resource management, energy efficiency and environmental aspects of oil and gas activities She has been involved in pioneering research on high-horsepower engines used in oilfield applications, and the use of infrared optical gas imaging for characterization of methane emissions at production facilities.

Carolyn attended McNeese State University in her home town of Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1988 and a Master of Engineering in 1989. Graduate studies emphasized geotechnical and environmental topics. She has worked extensively with groundwater protection, oil and gas operations, solid waste facilities, sustainable development practices, and environmental permitting.

She is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Texas. As a consulting engineer, her experience includes geotechnics, forensics, earthwork construction, regulatory compliance, resource recovery and waste disposal facilities, pollution prevention, and water resources. She has also worked in offshore oil and gas, land surveying and the petrochemical industry. This broad range of experience and a lifelong love of science are reflected in the evolution of her professional endeavors.

Carolyn is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). As a long-time member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), she has worked with state and national technical groups, serving as Texas Section Technical Chair (Past) for Forensic Engineering. She is involved with the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of ASCE, and currently represents the Environmental Council in the EWRI Executive Committee on Technical Activities. She currently serves on two technical committees of the Institute, as Past Chair of the Environmental Health and Water Quality Committee, and current Chair of the Technical Committee on Environmental Aspects of Oil and Gas Activities of the Interdisciplinary Council.