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Environmental Resources 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.

News Features to Note

  • Graduate students recently published into major journals: Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Hydrological Processes, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering-ASCE, and Ecological Engineering.
  • Baker Hydraulics Lab running the 7.5 m long sediment circulating flume and 2 m long river table for advanced research work.
  • Watershed based field courses offered at Rancho Mastatal in Costa Rica.

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


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

Reza Abdi

Reza Abdi

reabdi@syr.edu
Water Resources Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny
Undergraduate Institute: Urmia University

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Casey Halton

Casey 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
Casey Halton - LinkedIn Profile

Presentations



Naomi Henry

Naomi Henry

nfhenry@syr.edu
Water Resources Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kroll
Undergraduate Institute: University of Maryland College Park* (Environmental Science)

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Graduate Research Topic
Water Resources Engineering

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



John Kane

John 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 and started my MPS in the Fall of 2012. I then 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.



James Kruegler

James Kruegler

jwkruegl@syr.edu
Water Resources Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny
Undergraduate Institute: Suny College at Geneseo (Geological Sciences)


Ge Pu

Ge 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. At ESF, my research focus on 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 Riehle

Kalon Riehle

kriehle@syr.edu
Water Resources Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Kroll
Undergraduate Institute: Suny Binghamton (Mechanical Engineeri)

Personal Statement
I am interested in sustainability, streamflow prediction, the water-energy nexus, and the conflicts & synergies of power generation & water recreation.

Favorite Quote
We all live downstream.



Timur Sabitov

Timur Sabitov

dmunardy@syr.edu
Water Resources Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Murphy
Undergraduate Institute: National University of Uzbekis (Hydrology)

Graduate Research Topic
My research interests are Statistics and Environment, Glacial changes under current climatic conditions,GIS and Remote Sensing

Favorite Quote
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." -Theodore Hook

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Thomas Taggart

Thomas 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




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