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Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D.

Adrienne RygelAssociate Professor and Department Chair

Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology B. Tech (Program Coordinator)
Civil Engineering Technology AAS
Construction Technology Management AAS
State University of New York at Canton

Office: Nevaldine North 129
Phone: 315-386-7163
Email: rygela@canton.edu
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. – Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 2006
  • M.S. – Geology, Lehigh University (PA), 2002
  • B.S. – Geology, Bucknell University (PA), 2000

Adrienne Rygel stands in the Water Filtration lab

Academic Experience

  • SUNY Canton, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Construction Technology, 2008-present
  • SUNY Potsdam, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, 2007-2008

Industry Experience

  • OP-TECH Environmental Services, Inc., Massena, NY, 2006-2008, Project Geologist/Project Engineering Responsibilities included project management, planning, oversight, data analysis, and reporting for soil and groundwater NY state petroleum remediation projects, subsurface investigations, and Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments. Certified – OSHA 40 hour haz mat training.
  • Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ), Lincoln, Nebraska, 2005-2006, Groundwater Geologist Responsibilities included project management and contractor oversight on Superfund, Section 128a Targeted Brownfields, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Former Department of Defense Sites (FUDS), Integrated Waste Management landfill, and NDEQ Title 118 facility sites with soil and groundwater contamination (volatile organic carbons, metals, pesticides).

Adrienne Rygel helps two students take samples from the Grasse River.


  • Environmental Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Water quality assessment
  • Drinking water treatment
  • Soil and surface/groundwater remediation
  • Site assessment
  • Iron acid mine drainage contamination and remediation
  • Sediment and nutrient loading into surface water bodies
  • Amending soil with acid mine drainage sludge, and other industrial waste byproducts, for nutrient sorption and retention

Courses Taught at SUNY Canton

  • CONS 216 Soils In Construction*
  • CONS 222 Construction Estimating
  • CONS 253 Concrete Technology
  • CONS 280 Civil Engineering Materials*
  • COSN 285 Engineering Geology*
  • CONS 294 Soil Investigations
  • CONS 314 Soil Mechanics
  • CONS 385 Hydrology and Hydrogeology*
  • CONS 386 Water Quality*
  • CONS 387 Water and Wastewater Treatment*
  • CONS 477 Capstone Project
  • CONS 486 Soil and Groundwater Remediation*
  • ESCI 107 Earth Science*
  • CITA 109 Intermediate Spreadsheets*

(* = actively teaching)