Dr. Kenneth F. Najjar received his doctorate in Environmental Science from Rutgers University in 1989 and currently holds the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor. His Ph.D. dissertation was a three-part mathematical model of stormwater pollution in a tidal embayment along the New Jersey shore. Ken is Manager of the Planning and Information Technology Branch of the Delaware River Basin Commission, where he is responsible for comprehensive planning within the 13,500 square mile river basin, as well as water quality evaluation and management, the Special Protection Waters anti-degradation program, non-point source and stormwater management, water supply and demand studies, sustainability practices, water conservation, database management, information systems, regulatory programs, and public education and outreach. He also is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Ken has worked in the environmental field for over 30 years and has expertise in the areas of surface and ground water hydrology, water quality, stormwater management, wetlands protection, discharge permitting, environmental site assessment, stream ecology, brownfield evaluation, and hazardous waste characterization and remediation. He has regularly published papers and articles in journals and conference proceedings and regularly presents at environmental conferences. In 2005, Ken received the Water Resources Association 2005 Government Award for his leadership in the planning and development of the 30-year comprehensive Water Resources Plan for the Delaware River Basin. In addition to teaching at Rider, Ken is an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University where he teaches in the Water Resources Engineering graduate program.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Environmental Geology
  • Oceanography