Current Team

Jonathan L. Goodall, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Professor
email: goodall@virginia.edu
University webpage

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2005, Adviser David R. Maidment
MS, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2003
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 2001

Professor Goodall directs the UVA Hydroinformatics Research Group and is a faculty member in the Department of Engineering Systems & Environment. He is also serves as the Associate Director of the UVA Link Lab.

Ben Bowes

Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering
email: bdb3m@virginia.edu

M.E. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
B.S. Environmental Science, Virginia Wesleyan College

Ben is studying urban water infrastructure. His current research is on coastal flooding, real-time flood warning, and smart stormwater management.

Linnea Saby

Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering
email: ls3en@virginia.edu

M.E. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
B.A. Environmental Studies, Guilford

Linnea’s research is at the interface of water resources engineering, environmental science, data science, and policy. She is a School of Data Science Fellow and is co-advised with Prof. Larry Band.

Alex Chen

Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering
email: abc8fq@virginia.edu

M.S. Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
B.S. Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Alex is researching smart stormwater management for coastal communities. He has been investigating the use of crowdsourcing, in particular Personal Weather Stations (PWS), for capturing rainfall during extreme weather events in Norfolk, VA.

Youngdon Choi

Ph.D Candidate, Civil Engineering
email: yc5ef@virginia.edu

M.S. Civil Engineering, Pusan National University, Republic of Korea
B.S. Civil Engineering, Pusan National University, Republic of Korea

Choi is working on the HydroShare and Earth Cube projects and is currently building the pySUMMA library for the SUMMA hydrologic model.

Iman Maghami

Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering
email: im3vp@virginia.edu

M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran
B.S. Civil Engineering, Sharif University, Iran

Iman is working on using power harvesting and dynamic power management for smart water monitoring in flooding and water quality applications. He is also working on the HydroShare project.

Faria Zahura

Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering
email: fz7xb@virginia.edu

B.S. Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Faria is applying data science approaches to better understanding transportation disruptions due to flooding. Her work is focused on the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.

Victor Ariel Leal Sobral

Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Engineeering
email: vas4d@virginia.edu

M.S. Electronics and Applied Physics, ENSICAEN, France
B.S. Electronics and Applied Physics, ENSICAEN, France
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil

Victor is working on the design of self-powered IoT systems for industrial, water quality and flood monitoring applications. He is co-advised by Prof. Brad Campbell.

Jake Nelson

Ph.D. Student, Civil Engineering
email: jn8vc@virginia.edu

M.S. CEE, Brigham Young University
B.S. CEE, Brigham Young Univeristy

Jake is part of the Cyber-Physical Systems NRT program and his research is focusing on smart stormwater systems. He is also researching nutrient credit markets as a means for improving water quality.

Natalie Lerma

Ph.D. Student, Civil Engineering
email: nrl5fh@virginia.edu

B.S. Ocean Engineering, Texas A&M University - Galveston

Natalie is part of the Cyber-Physical Systems NRT program and her research is focusing on coastal urban flooding.

Ciara Horne

Ph.D. Student, Systems Engineering
email: ciarahorne@virginia.edu

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Maryland

Ciara’s research consists of using data science and GIS to measure how the presence of dams and levees affect the flooding vulnerability of marginalized populations in the U.S. and thus contribute to public health and environmental injustices

R. Chase Dong

Ph.D. Student, Civil Engineering
email: rd4gn@virginia.edu

B.S. Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech University

Ruochen (Chase) is a first-year Ph.D. student whose research interest centers around smart cities with particular focuses on low-impact development (LID) and urban resilience. As a student in the CPS NRT program, Chase is learning about how the interfaces between the cyber and physical worlds drive new innovations in the area of smart cities.

Binata Roy

Ph.D. Student, Civil Engineering
email: br3xk@virginia.edu

M.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering, BUET, Bangladesh
B.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering, BUET, Bangladesh

Binata’s research interest comprises of hydrological processes in urban watershed and future consequences due to climate change. She plans to apply numerical models, RS & GIS tools, and statistical approaches for her study.

Yidi Wang

Ph.D. Student, Civil Engineering
email: yw5vq@virginia.edu

M.S. Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA, 2020
B.S. Watershed Science, Colorado State University, CO, USA, 2018
B.S. Geographic Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, 2018

Yidi is interested in studying natural hazards generally, with a specific focus on floods. He is currently working on curricular preparation in order to better define and structure his research.

Ruchir Shah

M.S. Student, Computer Engineeering
email: rvs4xt@virginia.edu

B.S. Power Electronics Engineering, Gujarat Technological University, India

Ruchir is a member of Cyber-Physical Systems NRT program (1st batch) and is working with deploying environmental sensors for engineering robust real-time IoT-based flood warning system in Albemarle County.

Alumni

Yawen Shen, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
M.S. Civil Engineering, Georgia Tech
B.S. Civil Engineering, Wuhan University, China

Yaween’s research was on resilient infrastructure systems, risk of flooding impacts to transportation infrastructure, and using 2D hydrodynamic models to simulate flooding in urban coastal environments. He is now an engineer with Arcadis.

Naomi Johnson

B.A., Computer Science, University of Virginia

Naomi researched using image segmentation in order to identify the areal extent and depth of flood waters. She now works at Microsoft.

Sean Allen

M.E., Civil Engineering with focus in Cyber-Physical Systems, University of Virginia
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia

Sean explored the Things Network as a way to connect smart devices for stormwater monitoring. He now an engineer with Hazen and Sawyer.

Gina O’Neil, Ph.D.

Ph.D Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia

Gina completed her PhD on data science and machine learning approaches for wetland delineation using LiDAR. She now works for ESRI in Denver, CO.

Jeff Sadler, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
M.S. Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University
B.S. Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University

Jeff completed his PhD in the use of cyber-physical system approaches for smart stormwater management to mitigate flooding impacts. He currently is a postdoc with the USGS in Middleton, WI as part of the USGS Office of Water Information (OWI) Data Science team through a Mendenhall Research Fellowship.

Imaan Hameed

B.S. Systems Engineering, University of Virginia

Imaan designed an inexpensive, IoT rain measurement and data communication system.

Danny Voce

B.S. Computer Science, University of Virginia

Danny helped to build software for water and environmental management applications. He is now a Python Developer at Palo Alto Networks.

Mohamed Morsy, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
M.S. Civil Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt
B.S. Civil Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt

Mohamed completed his PhD at UVA working on the HydroShare project, researching ways to represent hydrologic models within a resource-based hydrologic information system, and designing a flood warning system for VDOT. After serving as a postdoc at UVA, he joined Dewberry in 2019 as a hydrologic modeler.

Bakinam Essawy, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
M.S. Civil Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt
B.S. Civil Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt

Bakinam completed her PhD at UVA on modeling regional-scale hydrologic systems to understand water availability and drought. Her work is part of the DataNet Federation Consortium (DFC) project using iRODS to create workflows for hydrologic modeling. After serving as a postdoc at UVA, she joined Dewberry in 2019 as part of their resilience group.

Meredith Sutton

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia

Meredith researched the use of Python notebooks and HPC for hydrologic modeling. She also assisted in creating our group and project webpages. She is now a PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an NSF GRFP awardee.

Edward Morgan

B.S., Computer Engineering, University of Virginia

Edward designed inexpensive, durable rainfall measurement devices for flood detection. He is now a software developer at Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc.

Mary-Michael Robertson

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia

Mary-Michael researched remote sensing and GIS-based methods for wetland screening. She is now a graduate student in urban and environmental planning at UVA.

Rodney Hawkings

B.S., Engineering, Saint Augustine’s University, Raleigh, NC

Rodney was a summer research exploring environmental justice issues related to sea level rise and flooding in coastal communities.

Stuart Sheffield

M.S, Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 2016

Stuart completed his thesis on creating distributed environmental decision support systems. He is now an engineer with Bohler Engineering.

Mehmet Ercan, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2015

Mehmet was an engineer with ARCADIS after completing his Ph.D. degree. He is now an Assistant Professor at Inonu University in Turkey and a consultant for EmNet.

Ben Felton

M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 2015

Ben completed his MS thesis on GIS and remote sensing approaches for wetland screening. He is now an engineer with A. Morton Thomas and Associates.

Alicia Nobles, Ph.D.

M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, 2014
B.S., Civil Engineering, Georgia Tech

Alicia completed her M.S. thesis in civil engineering and then a Ph.D. in Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia with Prof Barnes. She is now a an Assistant Professor at UC-San Diego.

Md. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2013
B.S., Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Alam was an engineer with Arcadis after completing his PhD degree and is now an engineer with Hazen and Sawyer.

Phillis Mbewe

M.E., Civil Engineering, University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2013
B.S., Civil Engineering, Duke University

Phillis is an engineer with LJA Engineering, Inc.

Mirza Billah, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2013
B.S., Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Mirza completed a postdoc at Virginia Tech and is now a hydrologist with the South Florida Water Management District.

Mostafa Elag, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2013
M.S., Civil Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt
B.S., Civil Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt

Mostafa completed a postdoc at UIUC and is now an engineer at Arcadis.

Tony Castronova, Ph.D.

B.S., Civil Engineering, Clarkson University

Tony was a Research Assistant Professor at Utah State University and is now a hydrologist at CUAHSI.