Fellows

Fahmidah Ashraf, Ph.D.

Dr. Fahmidah Ashraf completed her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2015 at Penn State University, with an emphasis on Hydraulics. She is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Bradley University, IL. Prior to her position at Bradley University, she was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Virginia Tech, where she studied the impact of the regional climate-hydrological trend on the hydraulic scour evaluation in collaboration with Stanford University. She was selected as an ASTRO Fellow at Oak Ridge National Lab in 2017, where she continued her collaborative post-doctoral work.  As a teacher, she draws on her professional experiences and research findings to inform her work in the classroom. Two hallmarks of her pedagogical style are problem-based active learning and Bloom’s high-cognitive taxonomy. She has taught Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Hydraulics, Water Supply and Hydraulic Engineering, Groundwater Hydrology, River Engineering, and Numerical Methods in the past few years. 

Module Title: Role of Water Stress in Water Distribution

Som Dutta, Ph.D. 

Som Dutta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Utah State University

Module Title: TBD

Aida Farough, Ph. D.

Aida Farough is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology at Kansas State University. Prior to her appointment at K-State, Aida taught at James Madison University and Penn State Harrisburg. Aida received her masters and Ph.D. from the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech. At K-State She teaches Hydrogeology, Natural Disasters, and Earth in Action. Her research is focused on fluid flow, heat transfer and water-rock interactions at seafloor hydrothermal systems, she has spent 3 months at sea on various IODP and UNOLS cruises. Aida is a NASA DEVELOP alumni and is collaborating with Kansas agencies and the DEVELOP group at NASA Langley Research center on flooding in Riley county, particularly Wildcat Creek. Aida is also the lead PI on NSF IUSE GP IMPACT Geoscience Career Ambassador Training (GeoCAT) Workshop, which is focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in geosciences in Kansas. 

Module Title: Hydrogeology

Cory T Forbes, Ph. D. 

Cory Forbes is an Associate Professor of Science Education, Director of the National Collaborative for Food, Energy, & Water Systems Education (NC-FEW), and Coordinator of the Science Literacy Initiative at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests focus on K-16 teaching and learning about Earth systems with a particular focus on water through the lens of the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus. He currently leads multiple NSF- and USDA-funded projects and has over 15 years of experience teaching high school science, preservice and inservice science teachers, science education graduate students, and undergraduate STEM majors and non-majors. Forbes was awarded the Early Career Research Award by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (2014) and is a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Germany (2019-2020).

Module Title: Examining Carbon-Neutral Energy Generation through the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus in Nebraska

Ciaran Harman, Ph. D.

Ciaran Harman is an Assistant Professor and Russell Croft Faculty Scholar in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Module Title: Transit Times and Storage Selection (SAS) Functions

Belize Lane, Ph.D.

Belize Lane is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Utah State University and the Utah Water Research Laboratory. Her research is at the intersection of physical hydrology and water management, with a focus on more efficiently allocating scarce freshwater resources for humans and ecosystems under increasing stressors. Her research group performs applied, interdisciplinary investigations to advance understanding of coupled human-natural river systems using a combination of field measurement and modeling (physically-based, water planning, statistical, geospatial, etc). She also leads several efforts to integrate emerging research and technical tools to guide coordinated instream water management in the western U.S. from the stream reach to the state scale. 

Module Title: Physical Hydrology

Walter McDonald, Ph.D.

Dr. Walter McDonald is an assistant professor in the Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department at Marquette University. Dr. McDonald obtained a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2016 and holds an MS in Civil Engineering (2012) from Texas A&M University and a BS in Civil Engineering (2010) from Texas Tech University. His research is focused on developing novel methods to monitor, model, and manage stormwater under changing land use and climate variability. At Marquette, he teaches several courses related to hydrology including hydraulic engineering, advanced hydrology, GIS applications in water resources, and water resources planning and management. 

Module Title: Pollutant Loadings in Surface Water Bodies

Peter Rogers, Ph. D., P.E.

Pete Rogers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction at Georgia Southern University. 

Module Title: Comparison of Two Approaches for Estimating Runoff

Clint Willson, Ph.D., P.E. 

Clint Willson is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University.

Module Title: TBD

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