Debra Perrone

Assistant Professor

Office Location

Bren 4025


Water Resources, Groundwater Science and Policy


  • 2014 Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2010 M.S., Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2008 B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania


Debra is a first-generation college graduate. She received her undergraduate degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Lafayette College in 2008, where she was an active member of the Engineers Without Borders chapter on campus. Upon graduation, Debra began her PhD in Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University; during her tenure, she was awarded fellowships from the Environmental Protection Agency (Science to Achieve Results), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Young Summer Scientist Program), and National Science Foundation (East Asia Pacific Summer Institute). Debra graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2014 and was awarded first honors as the Graduate School’s Founder’s Medalist. From 2014-2017 Debra was a postdoctoral research scholar at Stanford University with a duel appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Woods Institute for the Environment.


Debra’s research is motivated by the water-scarcity challenges and tradeoffs that face our society.


For a full list of publications, please visit Dr. Perrone's website.