When there’s a storm, Robert Pitt is less interested in what’s falling from the sky than he is in what happens to that precipitation once it hits the ground.
An expert in storm-water management, Pitt has worked on lake-management and environmental research projects, hazardous material management plans, facility location studies and environmental assessments for 30 years. The beneficiaries of his findings include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and local and state governments.
Pitt, who earned a 1987 PhD from UW-Madison in civil and environmental engineering, received his bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, in 1970; and master’s degree in environmental and hydraulic engineering from San Jose State University in 1971.
He began his engineering career with URS Research Company and Woodward Clyde Consultants in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a senior engineer, he directed air- and water-quality groups involved in regional environmental management plans and contingency planning for hazardous material spills. In 1979, he and his family moved to Wisconsin, where they lived on and operated a sheep farm and Pitt continued work as an environmental engineer and consultant. After he earned his PhD, Pitt began a teaching career at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Now a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, Pitt has taught more than 100 workshops (many with Engineering Professional Development) and seminars worldwide and is author of six books and numerous training manuals and research reports.
A member of the Water Environment Research Foundation’s Stormwater Advisory Board, Pitt is a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He and his wife, Kathryn, have been married 35 years and have two children, Brady and Gwen. Pitt has been a Boy Scout leader and he and Kathryn enjoy working around their Birmingham, Alabama, home, and traveling throughout the country.