Type of Expertise

Dr. Craig D. Adams
Expertise:
Development of sustainable technologies for the control of emerging contaminants in drinking water and wastewater, including algal toxins, pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting chemicals, disinfection byproducts, and heavy metals (e.g., arsenic, fluoride).
Dr. Niel Allen
Expertise:
Steven L. Barfuss, M.S.
Expertise:
Hydraulic/physical model studies, pump intake design, sewer flow measurements, storm sewer component testing, field velocity and flow measurements, pipe and fitting head loss tests, valve testing, flow meter calibration.
Dr. A. Bruce Bishop
Expertise:
A. Bruce Bishop is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Utah Water Research Laboratory. He has been at Utah State University since 1971. He is Dean Emeritus of the College of Engineering, having served in that position from July 1982 to July 2002. His areas of specialization are water resources planning and management, engineering economics, systems analysis models and optimization applied to water, transportation, energy, and environmental planning. Dr. Bishop has worked on a variety of research and planning projects for agencies such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Idaho Water Resources Board, California Division of Highways, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Utah Division of Water Resources, US Army Corps of Engineering, US Bureau of Reclamation, US Forest Service, US Agency for International Development, and the Asian Development Bank. He has co-authored one book, contributed chapters to eight books, published 38 articles in scientific journals and proceedings, and led 35 major research projects.
Dr. William J. Doucette
Expertise:
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Utah Water Research Laboratory, and the interdisciplinary Environmental Toxicology Program. His research interests have focused on the fate and behavior of organic contaminants in the environment, with emphasis on phytoremediation, the uptake of industrial chemicals into edible plants, the measurement and prediction of physical-chemical properties using Quantitative Structure Property Relationships (QSPRs), and the environmental fate of pharmaceuticals. He teaches courses in Environmental Organic Chemistry, Aquatic Chemistry, and Hazardous Chemical Safety; and is an Environmental Chemistry Editor for Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
R. Ryan Dupont
Expertise:
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, a Research Associate at the Utah Water Research Laboratory, and the Head of the Division of Environmental Engineering. His research interests focus on the bioremediation of petroleum and chlorinated solvent contaminated soil and groundwater. He has recently been heavily involved in the use of natural attenuation and bioaugmentation for site remediation and in the use of DNA probes for describing microbial community response to engineering management controls applied for site remediation. Ryan also has interests and expertise in soil vapor extraction and soil gas monitoring, pollution prevention and life-cycle analysis, and municipal solid waste management issues.
Dr. Thomas B. Hardy
Expertise:
Advancements in hydraulic and habitat simulation techniques for use in applied instream flow assessment in water resource allocation studies involving instream flow determinations for fisheries; application of multispectral remote sensing techniques for the classification and quantification of stream/riparian ecosystem elements for GIS applications; development of computer simulation models and software interfaces for use with assessment tools such as Physical Habitat Simulation System (PHABSIM), the Habitat Evaluation Procedures (HEP), and Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) models for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Dr. Jeffery S. Horsburgh
Expertise:
Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and at the Utah Water Research Laboratory. His research and expertise includes watershed, water quality, and hydrologic modeling and training; environmental management and watershed decision support systems; environmental data management and Geographic Information Systems; development of environmental and hydrologic information systems; and real time environmental data collection and dissemination.
Dr. Michael C. Johnson
Expertise:
Hydraulic model studies; spillway analysis and operation; energy dissipators; flow control structures; pump intakes; pump station design and operation; pipeline design; hydroelectric power plant performance evaluation; scale effects for Froude models; numerical analysis of hydraulic transients; numerical modeling; computational fluid dynamics; testing of valves, flow meters, and other hydraulic machinery; hydrologic analysis; computer modeling of systems; civil design review and analysis; brine transport; master planning; pipeline analysis
Dr. Jagath J. Kaluarachchi
Expertise:
Interim Department Head of Biological Engineering as well as a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Utah Water Research Laboratory. He has been with Utah State University since 1990 and he is the Head of the Water Engineering Program. His areas of specialization are ground water hydrology, contaminant hydrogeology, and decision analysis and management issues related to water resources assessment and planning. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vice-chair of the Watershed Council of Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. He has published over 50 journal publications in reputed scientific journals and has been active in international water education and consulting for UNDP, US State Department, and in many foreign academic institutions.
Dr. Randal S. Martin
Expertise:
Air pollution photochemistry, air quality monitoring, biogenic emissions measurement, air pollution modeling, advanced oxidation processes for gaseous pollutant control, source particulate fractionation and measurement.
Dr. Michael J. McFarland
Expertise:
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests are focused in the areas of air quality, biosolids engineering, industrial waste and risk management. He has served on numerous federal, state, and local environmental engineering and public health advisory committees. Dr. McFarland has authored or co-authored over 65 publications in the field of environmental engineering including the textbook "Biosolids Engineering" (McGraw-Hill copyright 2001), numerous research journal articles, conference proceedings, and professional engineering licensing workbooks. He is a registered professional engineer in Utah, and holds Grade IV operator certifications for both wastewater and water treatment. Dr. McFarland is a member of the US EPA Science Advisory Board where he currently chairs the Environmental Engineering Committee (EEC) and serves on the executive board. Dr. McFarland is a diplomat in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) and serves on numerous federal, state, and local environmental science and engineering committees.
Dr. Mac McKee
Expertise:
Dr. McKee has been active in domestic and international water resources planning and management projects for more than 30 years. His diverse experience has included assignments in more than 30 countries in such diverse areas as flood control planning and design (Philippines), development of a national environmental baseline document (Uzbekistan), water quality management (Samoa), integrated river basin planning and management (India), and development of a comprehensive water resources master plan (West Bank and Gaza Strip). He has served as a consultant to Amnesty International on water-related human rights violations in the Middle East. His current research is focused on development of small autonomous aircraft for remote sensing in scientific problems and on the improvement of large water supply system operation efficiency through the use of statistical learning theory and remote sensing. He is the Director of the Utah Water Research Laboratory, one of the largest water research facilities in the country. He is also a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University where he teaches courses in water resources systems analysis, water resources engineering, open channel hydraulics, and water resources planning and management.
Joan E. McLean, M.S.
Expertise:
Fate and behavior of chemical pollutants in the soil environment, with emphasis on heavy metals, pesticides, and chlorinated solvents
Dr. Laurie S. McNeill
Expertise:
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and also has a joint appointment at the Utah Water Research Laboratory. Recent projects include: hexavalent chromium analysis and occurrence, environmental effects of static rocket motor testing, modeling an intermittent-supply water distribution network, and wastewater treatment and reuse in developing countries. She is the faculty advisor for the USU Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. She has won the USU Robins Award for Teacher of the Year (2007) and Faculty Advisor of the Year (2013), and in 2010 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named her the Utah Professor of the Year.
Dr. Bethany Neilson
Expertise:
Bethany's current research projects focus on understanding the role of groundwater/surface water exchanges on instream temperatures and carbon fluxes in areas of continuous permafrost (NSF - 1204220), on longitudinal solute trends in a karst mountainous watershed (NSF - 1208732), on instream temperature and habitat in areas influenced by beaver dam complexes (USFS), and on nutrient transport in regulated river reaches (NSF - 1343861).
Dr. Richard C Peralta
Expertise:
Professor of Groundwater Management, and of Irrigation Engineering. He is an expert at using formal mathematical optimization to solve water and environmental management problems. He has led development of deterministic and stochastic simulation / optimization (S/O) models for a wide range of physical problems. Selected optimization examples include: detailed vadose zone contaminant transport control; dynamic stream-aquifer conjunctive use; large-scale long-term sustained yield conjunctive water resources planning; groundwater contamination remediation by pump-and-treat and enhanced bioremediation; aquifer storage and recovery; integrated water resources assignment, conveyance, allocation and use. Many of his developed optimal designs have been constructed, all operating successfully. He conducted numerous groundwater flow and contaminant transport simulation projects for domestic and international locations and organizations. His real-world applications of formal mathematical optimization total at least a dozen pump and treat systems, and at least 12 water supply projects/sites. Resulting optimal strategies were up to 57 percent better than those developed without optimization, according to clients. Twenty percent improvements in pump-and-treat performance are common.
Dr. William J. Rahmeyer
Expertise:
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the lead Professor of the Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics Program for the Civil Engineering Department and the Utah Water Research Laboratory. Areas of specialization include: over-bank flooding, the effects of vegetation on flow resistance, fusegate control structures, model studies of hydraulic structures, sedimentation and erosion studies, basic research in open and closed conduit flow, control valves, cavitation, transients, and Hydro machinery testing. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, member of the board of directors for the Utah Floodplain and Storm Water Management Association, and serves on committees for ASME, ISA, AWAA, ASHRAE, and ASEE.
Dr. David Rosenberg
Expertise:
Systems analysis, optimization and simulation modeling and data management for water and resources management, infrastructure expansions, demand management, and conflict resolution at scales ranging from individual users to regional water systems. Integrate engineering, economic, environmental, uncertainty, and when necessary, social and political considerations into the planning, design, operation, and re-operation of water systems.
Judith L. Sims, M.S.
Expertise:
Soil-based waste treatment, including remediation of soils contaminated with hazardous wastes; site interactions affecting fate and behavior of organic chemicals in subsurface systems. On-site wastewater treatment systems (septic systems)
Dr. Ronald C. Sims
Expertise:
Professor in the Biological Engineering Department. His research areas including wastes-to-bioproducts, bioremediation, and drinking water treatment have been described in over 200 publications including journal articles, books, and U.S. Government reports. He is currently the Co-Director of the Sustainable Waste-to-Biorpoducts Engineering Center and a member of the Executive Committee for the Synthetic Biomanufacturing Institute. He currently leads a team in the development of algal biofilm-based processes and technologies for applications to large-scale open pond, lagoon, and raceway engineered systems. He also collaborates with Dr. Charles Miller on the development of microbial engineered systems for bioplastics production based on synthetic biological engineering tools. Before joining Utah State University, Dr. Sims worked for Mobay Chemical Corporation (South Carolina), a Division of Bayer Corporation, for Research Triangle Institute (North Carolina), and for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Sims is a recipient of the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology
Dr. Darwin L. Sorensen
Expertise:
Microbiological ecology of biodegradation and bioremediation; characterization of organic contaminated water and soil environments; aquatic and terrestrial microbial assays; biodegradation of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons in land-based treatment systems; reductive dehalogenation of trichloroethene in contaminated aquifers; source water protection assessments; nitrate contamination susceptibility assessments for shallow aquifers
Dr. David K. Stevens
Expertise:
Biological and chemical engineering processes applied to surface and subsurface environments; modeling of vadose zone processes related to fate and transport of environmental contaminants; mass transfer processes in the subsurface; chemical processes for contaminated soil remediation; constructed wetland treatment of industrial wastewater using reeds
Dr. David G. Tarboton
Expertise:
Professor and Associate Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University and adjunct in the Watershed Sciences and Geology departments. He has degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Natal in South Africa. He teaches Hydrology and Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources. His research is in the area of surface water hydrology focused on advancing the capability for hydrologic prediction by developing models that take advantage of new information and process understanding enabled by new technology. This includes the development of hydrologic information systems that support the online publication of hydrologic information and software for integration of information from multiple sources to advance integrative hydrologic understanding. He also works with geographic information systems and digital elevation models that take advantage of spatially distributed information for hydrologic prediction. He has contributed to advances in terrain analysis for hydrology, terrain stability mapping and stream sediment inputs, geomorphology, stochastic and nonparametric statistical methods in hydrology, and snow hydrology. He has developed software for terrain analysis and channel network extraction, terrain stability mapping and a snowmelt model. These are free and open source and available from his website. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Utah and is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Water Resources Association
Dr. Blake P. Tullis
Expertise:
Hydraulic/physical modeling; hydromachinery; valve testing; flow meter calibration; pump engineering and pump intakes; culvert design for environmentally sensitive installations, hydraulic resistance in channels/pipes with composite roughness, and erosion control
Dr. Gilberto E. Urroz
Expertise:
Erosion control: performance of tests for determining how effective erosion control products are in protecting slopes against the effects of rain and in minimizing soil erosion in high-velocity channels; hydraulic structures modeling: physical and numerical modeling of flow over hydraulic structures such as spillways, weirs, culverts; groundwater modeling: numerical modeling of flow and transport in aquifers