Dominique Brocard was born and raised in Versailles, France. After high school, he went to the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, a multidisciplinary engineering “Grande Ecole”. Following graduation, he pursued advanced studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) supported by a Fulbright Scholarship and research assistantship and earned his Master’s and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering. His PhD thesis was on the convective circulation that occurs in cooling pond side arms. This circulation, driven by the density gradient due to the cooling of the water, involves water flowing to the end of the side arm in a surface layer and returning below. This work was described in a paper published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
He began his professional career at the Alden Research Laboratory (ARL), a branch of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Massachusetts. ARL primarily conducted physical modeling for industry. Two main types of models were pump station intakes and power plant cooling water discharges. In addition to directing physical models, Dominique also developed and applied mathematical models, particularly of surface buoyant jets.
In 1986, Dominique joined Metcalf & Eddy, a mid-size engineering consulting firm. One of his first projects was the Lead Design Engineer project for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) wastewater treatment plant in Boston. On this project, he was mostly involved in the outfall, a 13 km tunnel under Massachusetts Bay discharging up to 55 m3/s though 80 risers and rosette structures on the sea floor. He also became involved in the MWRA Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) long term control plan, focusing on the modeling of the collection system. Metcalf & Eddy became part of AECOM in 2000. He has been a Vice President with Metcalf & Eddy/AECOM since 1992
Through the years, Dominique participated in a number of international projects and, to date, he has travelled to 25 different countries for various projects. This has included many projects in the Middle East, in the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. More recently, he has led the hydraulic analyses for large storage or conveyance tunnels in Singapore and London. Areas of activity for these tunnels are air management, transients and sediment deposition.
Another area of activity has been groundwater, particularly groundwater modeling. He recently participated in a large groundwater project to evaluate the possibility of adding two well fields to the water supply system of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Dominique also contributed to or directed projects involving outfalls, plant hydraulic profile, collection system modeling, hydraulic transients and CFD modeling.
This year, Dominique celebrated 35 years at Metcalf & Eddy and AECOM.
In addition to his consulting work, for many years, Dominique taught graduate courses on Open Channel Hydraulics, Groundwater Flow and Pollution and Water Quality Modeling at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester Massachusetts.