Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hydrology and Water Resources Systems

The Hydrology and Water Resources graduate program focuses on fundamentals and the use of mathematical, computational, and experimental approaches to understanding the dynamics of the hydrologic cycle, transport within aquatic systems, and the impact of human activity, particularly in urban areas. Specific areas include water resources planning, remote sensing of the environment, water related hazards such as floods and droughts, and transport in land, oceans, and the atmosphere.
Admission to the program is nationally and internationally competitive. Financial support through research or teaching assistantships and a variety of fellowships and scholarships is available to qualified students.

Hydrology and Water Resources Faculty

Adeyemi Adeleye
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
Water chemistry; environmental applications of nanotechnology; fate and effects of emerging contaminants (engineered nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals, and microplastics); nanotoxicity; water and wastewater treatment

Amir AghaKouchak
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Stuttgart
Hydrology, climatology, remote sensing of environment, climate extremes, water-energy nexus, climate change, stochastic modeling, water resources management

Tirtha Banerjee
Assistant Professor (effective July 2019)
Ph.D. Duke University
Atmospheric boundary layer dynamics, turbulent fluid dynamics, land/water/vegetation - atmosphere interaction, wildfires, vegetation dynamics, carbon and water cycles, hydrology, wetlands and terrestrial aquatic interfaces

Kristen Davis
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Stanford University
Coastal ocean circulation, cross-shelf exchange, benthic-pelagic coupling, stratified-shear flows, internal waves, boundary layers, and turbulent flows

Russell Detwiler
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Colorado
Groundwater hydrology, contaminant transport, coupled processes in porous and fractured media

Efi Foufoula-Georgiou
Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. University of Florida
Hydrology and geomorphology with emphasis on modeling the interactions between the atmosphere, land, and the terrestrial environment at plot to large-watershed scale

Stanley Grant
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology
Environmental engineering, inland and coastal water quality, coagulation and filtration of colloidal contaminants, environmental microbiology

Kuo-lin Hsu
Associate Professor in Residence
Ph.D. University of Arizona
Hydrologic modeling; artificial neural network applications in hydrology

Phu Nguyen
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
flood warnings, global extreme satellite precipitation event database using object-oriented approaches, integrated system for global satellite precipitation and information, and global real-time satellite and crowdsourced precipitation observations for hydrologic and natural disaster management applications

Brett Sanders
Ph.D. University of Michigan
Computational hydrodynamics; modeling river, estuarine and coastal waters; coastal water quality, flood control

Jean-Daniel Saphores
Professor (CEE/Policy Planning and Design)
Ph.D. Cornell University
Environmental and natural resource economics

Soroosh Sorooshian
Distinguished Professor (CEE/Earth System Science)
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Hydrologic systems; rainfall-runoff modeling; remote sensing

Jasper Vrugt
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Amsterdam
Environmental systems modeling

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Amir AghaKouchak, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor & Graduate Adviser 
(949) 824-9350 (Phone)
(949) 824-2117 (Fax)

Graduate Coordinator

April Heath
(949) 824-0584 (Phone) 
(949) 824-2117 (Fax)