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Robert Brehm

Robert Brehm, PhD

Teaching Professor of Construction Engineering

College of Engineering

Contact:

robert.forney.brehm@drexel.edu

215.895.2835

Brehm draws on more than 40 years of experience in construction engineering. His background includes high level consulting services and management of more than $1 billion worth of construction projects including the Wildwoods Convention Center, renovation of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, and the South Woods State Prison. He’s served as the chief administrator and project executive for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority for major capital infrastructure, senior vice president of Kullman Industries, and director of the Office of Design and Construction for the State of New Jersey. Brehm has consulted on risk management and mitigation for the State of New Jersey and the City of Philadelphia and commented extensively in the media regarding the building collapse at 22nd and Market Street in Philadelphia in the spring of 2013. He currently serves as a member of Mayor Michael Nutter’s Taskforce on Demolition and advisory committee on revamping the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.

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In the News

  • Airport Planes Sink in Asphalt

    Robert Brehm, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, was interviewed in a Sept. 17 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) story about airplanes sinking in the hot asphalt at Philadelphia International Airport.

  • The Gas Explosion That Blew a House to Pieces

    Robert Brehm, PhD, an associate teaching professor in the College of Engineering, was interviewed in a Feb. 25 KYW-TV (CBS-3) story about a gas leak that caused an explosion in New Jersey.

  • Report: Major glitches plagued LAX terminal

    Robert Brehm, PhD, an associate teaching professor in the College of Engineering, was quoted in a March 15 Associated Press story about glitches in the construction of a new terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The story was picked up by several outlets including the Miami Herald and the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • Nutter appoints commission to probe L&I

    Dr. Robert Brehm, a professor in the College of Engineering, and Scott Gabriel Knowles, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, were mentioned in November 1 Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Business Journal stories about Mayor Michael Nutter creating a group to review the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

  • Nutter assembles panel to review L&I

    Dr. Robert Brehm, an associate teaching professor in the College of Engineering, and Dr. Scott Knowles, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, were mentioned in an October 31 Philadelphia Inquirer story for being appointed to Mayor Nutter’s committee to lead an independent review of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, an action spurred by the 22nd and Market Streets building collapse. The story was also covered by WCAU-TV (NBC-10).

  • More City Officials Skip Hearing on Philly Building Collapse

    Dr. Robert Brehm, an associate teaching professor in the College of Engineering, was mentioned on a July 18 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) story on a Philadelphia City Council hearing to discuss safe demolition practices in light of a building collapse at 22nd and Market Street in early June. An accompanying story ran on NBCPhiladelphia.com.

  • Lawmaker says he expects action on safer demolition sites

    Dr. Robert Brehm, an associate teaching professor in the College of Engineering, was mentioned in a July 10 Philadelphia Inquirer article for supporting the state House Urban Affairs Committee’s proposed requirement for engineering input into demolition sites during a presentation on ways to improve demolition.

  • Witnesses: Collapse Warnings Ignored

    Dr. Robert Brehm, an associate teaching professor in the College of Engineering, was interviewed in June 7 stories on Good Morning America, KYW-TV (CBS-3), WPVI-TV (6-abc) and WHYY/Newsworks about a building collapse that killed six people in Center City Philadelphia. He was also quoted in an Associated Press story about the tragic event that was picked up by several outlets including USA Today and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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