Chance Lauderdale, Ph.D., P.E.
Drinking Water Director
Inspired by his grandmother’s efforts to bring a drinking water system to a small town outside of Gainesville, Florida, Chance Lauderdale pursued a career in environmental engineering.
He’s received a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and now leads HDR’s global drinking water program. Although his passion lies in biofiltration, you’ll find he gets excited about anything engineering — basically, bringing science to life.
As an industry-recognized expert in the field of biofiltration and biofilter optimization, he has written several of the most-referenced AWWA and Water Research Foundation biofiltration publications, including the first biofiltration section in the Partnership for Safe Water’s Self Assessment for Water Treatment Plant Optimization. In addition, Chance has developed multiple novel biofilter enhancement and monitoring strategies that are now practiced at utilities across the U.S.