Dr. Peter Merkle

Position Title: Associate Professor

Department: Engineering

Phone: 913.360.7951

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Dr. Merkle graduated with B.S. degrees in chemical engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984. After working in the chemical industry, he pursued graduate study in environmental science at SUNY Stony Brook, conducting research on atmospheric deposition of pollutants to marine ecosystems. He earned his doctorate in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, specializing in catalytic filtration of drinking water. In 1995, he joined Sandia National Laboratories and was assigned to the Department of Defense from 1998-2002. Returning to Sandia, he worked for the next ten years in domestic and international security technology programs. In 2012, Dr. Merkle joined the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as Associate Professor (Civil Engineering), conducting research on aquaponics technology. He holds two patents and is a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


  • BS in Chemical Engineering, BS in Management, M.I.T. 1984
  • MS in Marine Environmental Science, SUNY Stony Brook, 1991
  • Ph. D in Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1995