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Water Resources Engineering

Environmental and Resource Engineering M.P.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Water Resources Engineering deals with analysis and design of water resource systems through field, laboratory, and computer methods. Emphasis is placed on coordinating engineering to reduce impacts on human and natural systems. Students select among alternative solutions to water resource problems, in recognition of environmental, economic, legal, social and managerial constraints. Laboratory equipment includes soil columns, a river table and two tilting and sediment circulating flumes, all supported by monitoring sensors. Analytical techniques using statistics, numerical analyses, and computer applications are emphasized. Modeling efforts include computational fluid dynamics, GIS, and remote sensing applications, distributed and real-time models, and model calibration and validation.

Program Requirements:

Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses beyond the departmental requirement include include probability and statistics, fluid mechanics, and engineering hydrology.

Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one course (3+ credit hours) in each of the four areas of competence and seminar listed below (illustrative courses are listed in parenthesis).

    1. environmental hydraulics (e.g., Engineering Hydrology and Hydraulics, Transport Processes, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Environmental Sediment Transport)
    2. water resources modeling (e.g., Hydrologic Modeling, Systems Engineering, Groundwater Modeling)
    3. hydrologic zones and fluxes (e.g., Hydro in a Changing Climate, River Form and Process, HydroMeteorology, Vadose Zone Physics, Advanced Forest Soils, Limnology, Hydrogeology)
    4. water quality (e.g., Ecological Engineering for Water Quality, Water Pollution Engineering, Ecological Biogeochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Aqueous Geochemistry)
    5. seminar in research methods and current topics (ERE797 Research Methods, ERE797 Hydrology & Biogeochemistry)
    6. Ph.D candidates must also demonstrate competence in two of the three following areas: computer science, statistics, advanced mathematics

Illustrative research areas in this option include, but are not limited to: Watershed hydrology monitoring, modeling, management | Climate change analysis | Hydrologic and hydraulic experimentation and analysis | Water resource systems engineering | Stochastic and deterministic modeling | Pollutant fate and transport | River and watershed restoration

WRE students select among alternative solutions to water resource problems, in recognition of environmental, economic, legal, social and managerial constraints. Laboratory equipment includes soil columns, a river table and two tilting and sediment circulating flumes, all supported by monitoring sensors. Analytical techniques using statistics, numerical analyses, and computer applications are emphasized. Modeling efforts integrate GIS and remote sensing tools into distributed and real-time models, using rigorous model calibration and validation components.

Participating Faculty

  • Douglas J. Daley; djdaley@esf.edu
    water resources, solid and hazardous waste management, ecological engineering, environmental restoration, phytoremediation, bioremediation, soil and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental engineering
  • Theodore A. Endreny; te@esf.edu
    water resources engineering, ecological engineering, stream restoration, urban watersheds, lesser-developed countries
  • Charles N. Kroll; cnkroll@syr.edu
    stochastic and deterministic hydrology, environmental modeling, water resource systems engineering, ecological engineering, urban forestry, drought assessment, environmental systems engineering, stochastic and deterministic modeling, risk assessment, coupled human and natural systems
  • Stephen B. Shaw; sbshaw@esf.edu
    hydroclimatology, water resources engineering, ecohydrology in a changing climate, water resources, climate change, hydrology, systems modeling, stormwater management

Current Graduate Students in Water Resources Engineering

Current Students

Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Reza AbdiReza Abdi
reabdi@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny
Undergraduate Institute: Urmia University

Links
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Home Page
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Maria GonzalezMaria Gonzalez
mlgon100@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Links
Web Link

Favorite Quote
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

Casey HaltonCasey Halton
crwesley@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shaw
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College New Paltz (Geochemistry)

Publications

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently assessing the practicality of terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) for evaluating short and long term changes in stream morphology and sediment loads. I am comparing TLS data collected in Oneida Creek and in McKinley Hollow (Catskill Mountains, New York) to LiDAR data as well as orthoimagery and digitized historical aerial imagery dating back as far as the 1930s.

Favorite Quote
Never let your fear decide your fate.

LinkedIn
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Presentations

Naomi HenryNaomi Henry
nfhenry@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kroll
Undergraduate Institute: University of Maryland College Park* (Environmental Science)

Links
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Graduate Research Topic
Water Resources Engineering

Favorite Quote
"Thousands have lived without love, not one without water" - W.H. Auden

Timothy IvancicTimothy Ivancic
tjivanci@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Shaw
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College New Paltz (Physics)

Previous Graduate Study: Case Western Reserve Univ (Physics )

Graduate Research Topic
Studying the link between extreme precipitation intensity and temperature.

Favorite Quote
Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there. Richard Feynman

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John KaneJohn Kane
jckane@syr.edu

ERE Environmental Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kroll
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Engineering — Other)

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Personal Statement
I graduated with my BS in FEG Dec 2011, started my MPS in the Fall of 2012, started my career with NYSDEC with Division of Water-Flood Protection and Dam safety at the end of March of 2013, finished the spring 2013 semester then began attending part time to complete my MPS in WRE, in July or 2014 I began working in the DEC's Division of Environmental Remediation-Spill prevention and Response and Petroleum Bulk Storage Programs. Changing my job has allowed me to become trained in many things you wouldn't normally associate with engineering but it has been an amazing career opportunity. I love my job and am so glad I have chosen to get my BS and MPS at ESF.

Rebecca MeissnerRebecca Meissner
rjmeissn@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shaw
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College at Geneseo (Physics)

Linkedin Profile
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Graduate Research Topic
Identifying the simplest predictive model of annual runoff ratio in order to quantify the hydrologic impact of climate change in a Great Lakes river basin

Favorite Quote
“You are your only hope, because we’re not changing until you do. Our job is to keep coming at you, as hard as we can, with everything that angers, upsets, or repulses you, until you understand. We love you that much, whether we’re aware of it or not. The whole world is about you.” -Byron Katie

Nicole NgNicole Ng
nng100@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shaw
Undergraduate Institute: University of North Carolina Charlotte (Civil Engineering)

Website
LinkedIn

Graduate Research Topic
Streamflow recession, hydrologic connectivity

Favorite Quote
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
Aristotle

Ge PuGe Pu
gpu100@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Quackenbush
Undergraduate Institute: Drexel University (Environmental Engine)

Previous Graduate Study: Drexel University (Environmental Engine)

Personal Statement
I am interested in solving problems associated with water resources and climate change. During my undergraduate and master's, I got tremendous amount of exposure in modeling and monitoring green infrastructures and stormwater management. Now, as I just began my first year at ESF, my research focus will be aiming towards the overlap between remote sensing and water resources. My long term goal is to develop spatial analysis tools for solving water resource problems in a changing climate.

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Previous Lab Affiliation
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Research Interests
Remote Sensing Technology, Sustainable Water Resource Development, Climate Resilience, Green Infrastructure Monitoring and Modeling, Renewable Energy and Development

Favorite Quote
".....We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard......" -----John F. Kennedy

Past Presentations

- 2015 American Water Resource Association (AWRA) Summer Specialty Conference: Climate Change Adaptation. New Orleans, LA. [oral presentation]

- 2015 American Physics Society March Meeting. Baltimore, MD. [poster presentation]

- 2015 8th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges for the Global Science. Philadelphia, PA. [oral presentation]

- 2014 AWRA Philadelphia Metropolitan Section Scholarship Poster Scholarship Competition. Philadelphia, PA. [poster presentation]

- 2014 EWRI World Environment & Water Resources Congress. Portland, OR. [poster presentation] (See Poster #974)

Kalon RiehleKalon Riehle
kriehle@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kroll

Timothy StagnittaTimothy Stagnitta
tjstagni@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kroll
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (ERE)

Graduate Research Topic
Low flow estimation from spot measurements

Thomas TaggartThomas Taggart
tptaggar@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny
Undergraduate Institute: Pennsylvania State University - University Park (Materials Engineerin)

LinkedIn Profile
Web Link

Personal Statement
I believe that water is extremely under appreciated and that the ultimate fate of humanity will depend on our handling of our water (and energy) needs in the face of a changing climate. I'm here to learn everything I can about water and all that it affects.

Graduate Research Topic
Urban Hydrology; Hydrological Modeling; Green Infrastructure.

Favorite Quote
It loved to happen. -Marcus Aurelius


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