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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.

Donald BonvilleDonald Bonville
dbbonvil@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shaw
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Center Albany (Environmental Science)

Links
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Graduate Research Topic
Water Resources Engineering

Favorite Quote
"If I fret over tomorrow, I'll have little joy today."

Kaitlin FelloKaitlin Fello
kmfello@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Endreny
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Center Buffalo (Environmental Science)

Favorite Quote
“Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.” -Ambrose Bierce

Andrea FortmanAndrea Fortman
alfortma@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny
Undergraduate Institute: Cornell University (Environmental/Sanita)

Graduate Research Topic
Water Resources Engineering - Stream Restoration

Favorite Quote
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead

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Maria GonzalezMaria Gonzalez
mlgon100@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Links
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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.

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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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Harini KadambiHarini Kadambi
hkadambi@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny and Doelle
Undergraduate Institute: Purdue University of West Lafayette* (Bio & Food Proc Eng)

Favorite Quote
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” ― Margaret Atwood

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Research Topic
Modeling of Mixing Hydrodynamics in Bioreactor for Anaerobic Digestion using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - OpenFOAM software.

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

Kelly MetzKelly Metz
kemetz@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

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

LinkedIn
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Graduate Research Topic
My thesis topic will be dealing with predicting daily streamflows at ungauged or partially gauged sites using partial least squares applied to a predicted flow duration curve.

Favorite Quote
“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Nada RezkyNada Rezky
narezky@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Shaw
Undergraduate Institute: University of Brawijaya (WRE)

Graduate Research Topic
River Planning and Management

Favorite Quote
"So many books, so little time" -F.Z.-

Keshav SaubaKeshav Sauba
ksauba@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Tao
Undergraduate Institute: Manipal Inst of Tech (Biotech)

Links
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Graduate Research Topic
MS Water Resources Engineering

Favorite Quote
"Aim for the stars, you might land on the moon..." - High school chemistry teacher

Thomas TaggartThomas Taggart
tptaggar@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

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

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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

Kritika ThapaKritika Thapa
krthapa@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny
Undergraduate Institute: Wesleyan College (Environmental Science)

Links
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Favorite Quote
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. -Carl Sagan


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