David Rounce joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Fall 2020. He received his BS in civil engineering in 2010 from Villanova University and his master’s degree in environmental and water resources engineering in 2012 and Ph.D. in civil engineering in 2016 from the University of Texas at Austin. He conducted postdoctoral research in the Glaciers Group at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Rounce’s research seeks to quantify the response of glaciers, water resources, and hazards to climate change to inform adaptation and mitigation efforts at local, regional, and global scales. His work uses computational models informed by remote sensing and grounded in fieldwork to produce actionable information.


2016 Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

2012 MS, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

2010 BS, Civil Engineering, Villanova University

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Team projects two out of three glaciers could be lost by 2100

David Rounce led an international effort to produce new projections of glacier mass loss through the century under different emissions scenarios.

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Revising glacier projections

Research performed in collaboration with partners around the world significantly changes our understanding of glacial debris cover and its effect on glacial melt.

Engineering faculty named Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellows

Congratulations to EPP’s Daniel Armanios, CEE’s Sarah Christian and David Rounce, INI’s Hanan Hibshi, and MSE’s Vincent Sokalski on being selected as 2021-2022 Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellows at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation.