Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, 2003
M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Florida, 1984
B.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Florida, 1981
August 2015 - present – Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
August 2008 - July 2015 – Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
May 2005-June 2008 – Principal Engineer and Practice Leader, Water Resources, Brown and Caldwell, Atlanta, GA.
April 2004- May 2005 – Senior Water Resources Engineer, MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Kennesaw, GA.
August 2003-April 2004 – Senior Water Resource Engineer, ENTRIX Environmental, Atlanta, GA.
July 2000- August 2003 – Senior Water Resource Engineer, LAW Engineering, Kennesaw, GA.
August 1995-January 1997 – District Engineer, Left Hand Water District, Longmont, CO.
February 1989-May 1993 – City Engineer, City of Gainesville, Gainesville, GA.
September 1988-February 1989 – County Engineer, Columbia County, Evans, GA.
August 1987-September 1988 – Assistant County Engineer, Richmond County, Augusta, GA.
May 1986-June 1987 – Environmental Engineer, GZA Environmental, Newton, MA.
February 1984-May 1986 – Environmental Engineer, US EPA Region 4, Atlanta, GA.
September 1983-February 1984 – Project Engineer, Taulmann Corporation, Atlanta, GA.
September 1982-June 1983 – Water Resource Engineer, South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, FL.
I advise and mentor two master’s students, C. Bell and R. Johnson. In the spring of 2015, I will coadvise a doctoral student with Assistant Professor Z. Easton for the new NSF project on climate change. I am a member on 4 PhD student committees, 1 in BSE (N. Jones), 2 in CEE (N. Zou and K. Young) and 1 in PGG (M. Licher). I am currently serving on 2 master’s student committees, R. Mack (HORT) and W. Orr (AG). Former graduated students include 2 recent Ph.D. students in BSE, C.-Y. Wang and J. Liu (advisor); a CEE Ph.D., S. Kumar (committee member); 3 CEE M.S. students, D. Schwartz, P. Le Bel, and S. Petrey (committee member); and 1 AG M.S. student, J. Lynch (committee member).
I am a member of several regional and statewide committees that focus upon watershed management. These include the Science and Technical Advisory Committee for the Chesapeake Bay Program Office, U.S. EPA, and the Stormwater Committee of the Virginia Chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). I am a member of the Urban Water Resources Research Council of ASCE-Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI), through which I co-Chair a national task committee on implementing Low Impact Development (LID) practices in combined sewer areas.
My research program focuses on improving our understanding of existing and new urban stormwater treatment practices, and what design and/or operational changes can improve long term water quality performance. As part of this goal, I have or am developing research projects directed at design, monitoring and performance assessment; evaluation of costs and benefits; and generalizing the behavior of control practices known as best management practices or BMPs. My long term objective is to develop design-based hydrologic and water quality models that can predict performance over the entire life cycle, and thus help optimize BMP design.
The goal of my extension program is to improve the understanding of practices used in managing urban stormwater. My extension activities are intended to extend proven LID research to stormwater managers and designers as they adapt designs to improve water quality performance. Another goal is to provide appropriate information to the public that will build capacity and knowledge on improving quality of urban runoff and other nonpoint source issues. As part of meeting these objectives, my extension program develops education programs targeted at groups with the greatest need in the most current issues in stormwater management. These include developing a watershed-based educational series; providing technical and educational guidance on stormwater BMPs; and working collaboratively with local/state/federal agencies, consultants, and other academics in developing an evaluation protocol for BMPs that incorporate proprietary technologies, verifying performance without hindering innovation. I am developing and beginning to deliver a series of self-sustaining Extension workshops focused on educating BMP designers and reviewers about the newest and most cost-effective urban stormwater treatments available. The objective of these workshops will be to increase the capacity of my audiences so they are able to use leading edge engineering practices to address water quality issues.
(* undergraduate student, ** graduate student, *** post-doc)