Research Group

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Student Opportunities

I am always looking for talented and energetic students to join my research group. Research assistantship funding is available for motivated students with good quantitative and computer skills. Students interested in hydroinformatics, environmental sensor networks, and watershed and hydrologic modeling are encouraged to contact me. Qualified candidates from any background are encouraged to apply.

Current Students

Caleb Buahin

PhD - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Thesis: Coupled Modeling of Human Natural Systems

Caleb is investigating technical approaches for coupling models and/or model components to form one or more integrated models that can more holistically represent western water systems such as those along Utah’s Wasatch Front. He earned his M.S. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Tony Melcher

PhD - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Thesis: Estimating Sediment and Nutrient Loading and Storm Water Impacts in Urban Water Systems Using Continous Data

Tony is designing an urban observatory aimed at better quantifying the spatial and temporal patterns of sediment and nutrient loading within the Logan River Urban Water System. This includes investigating methods for quantifying sediment and nutrient loading using continuous, in situ monitoring as well as developing a stormwater model that enables the examination of the effects of urban form on the quality and quantity of storm water. Tony earned his M.S. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Bryce Mihalevich

MS - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Thesis: Resolving Spatial and Temporal Variability in Dissolved Organic Matter Characteristics Within Combined Agricultural and Stormwater Conveyances

Bryce is working to improve understanding of dissolved organic matter (DOM) contributions from stormwater inputs within urban water systems. He is examining the spatial and temporal patterns of DOM in the Northwest Field Canal (NWFC), a combined stream, irrigation, storm, and return flow urban water conveyance in Logan, UT. He is using fluorescence spectroscopy and in situ fluorescence measurements to create new datasets that reveal the amount, composition, and source of DOM in the canal system. Bryce earned is B.S. degree from the University of Missouri.

Amy Carmellini

BS - Environmental Engineering
Project: Residential Water Use Sudies

Amy is working to better understand residential water use using high freuqency data collection and analysis. High resolution data provide enhanced information about the timing and quantity of water use that can be used in planning for water delivery, infrastructure management, and demand management.

Paul Consalvo

BS - Civil Engineering
Project: Residential Water Use Sudies

Paul is working to better understand residential water use using high freuqency data collection and analysis. High resolution data provide enhanced information about the timing and quantity of water use that can be used in planning for water delivery, infrastructure management, and demand management.

Students that I Co-Advise

  • Ali Salha, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2011-Present
  • Adel Abdallah, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012-Present
  • Tian Gan, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012-Present
  • John Koudelka, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012-Present
  • Tseganeh Gichamo, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013 – present.
  • Leah Meeks, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013 – present.
  • Tyler King, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2014 – present.
  • Colin Bagley, ME, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2014 – present.
  • Justin Dietrich, ME, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2014 – present.
  • David Betts, PhD, Watershed Sciences, 2015 – present.
  • Rob Sowby, Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Utah, 2016 – present
  • Prasanna Dahal, M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016 – present
  • Madeline Merck, Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016 – present
  • Irene Garousi Nejad, Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016 – present
  • Rezaul Haider, M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016 – present
  • Nour Atallah, M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016 – present

Completed Students - "*" Denotes that I was the major advisor

  • Enjie Li, PhD, Environment and Society, 2016
  • Trinity Stout, MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016
  • Nazmus Sazib, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016
  • Avirup Sen Gupta, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016
  • *Brant Whiting, MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013, Thesis: Improving Surrogate Monitoring Techniques for Suspended Sediment
  • Prajith Dev, ME, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013
  • Ruba Mohamed, MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012
  • Shannon Clemens, MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012
  • Brady Worwood, MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2011
  • Erick Conde, MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2011