Current Team

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

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 with a courtesy appointment in Computer Science. He is also serves as the Associate Director of the UVA Link Lab.

Yawen Shen

Ph.D. Candidate
email: ys5dv@virginia.edu

M.S. Civil Engineering, Georgia Tech
B.S. Civil Engineering, Wuhan University, China

Yaween is studying resilient infrastructure systems. His current work addresses the risk of flooding impacts to transportation infrastructure including bridges and culverts in particular. His current work is using 2D hydrodynamic models to simulate flooding in urban coastal environments.

Ben Bowes

Ph.D. Candidate
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
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
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
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 project and is currently building the pySUMMA library for the SUMMA hydrologic model.

Iman Maghami

Ph.D. Candidate
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.

Faria Zahura

Ph.D. Candidate
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.

Jake Nelson

Ph.D. Student
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.

Natalie Lerma

Ph.D. Student
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 flooding.

Xiafei Yang

M.S. Student
email: xy2wf@virginia.edu

B.S. Electrical Engineering and B.A. Physics, University of Virginia

Xiafei is studying smart stormwater system, incorporated with the idea of Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems (CPS), to monitor and control moisture content at bioretention basins through long-distance wireless communication network.

Sean Allen

M.E. Student
email:

B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering

Sean explored the Things Network as a way to connect smart devices for stormwater monitoring.

Naomi Johnson

B.A. Student - Computer Science
email: snj3k@virginia.edu

Naomi is using image segmentation in order to identify the areal extent and depth of flood waters.

Alumni

Gina O’Neil

Ph.D CE, University of Virginia
M.S. CE, University of Virginia
B.S. CE, 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. CE, University of Virginia
M.S. CE, Brigham Young University
B.S. CE, 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. SE, University of Virginia

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

Danny Voce

B.S. CS, 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., CE, University of Virginia
M.S. CE, Cairo University, Egypt
B.S. CE, 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., CE, University of Virginia
M.S. CEE, Cairo University, Egypt
B.S. CEE, 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 and Environmental Engineering

Meredith researched the use of Python notebooks and HPC for hydrologic modeling. She also assisted in creating our group and project webpages.

Edward Morgan

B.S., Computer Engineering

Edward designed inexpensive, durable rainfall measurement devices for flood detection.

Mary-Michael Robertson

B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mary-Michael researched remote sensing and GIS-based methods for wetland screening.

Rodney Hawkings

B.S., Engineering

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

Stuart Sheffield

M.S, 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., 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., 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

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

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

Tony Castronova

B.S., Civil Engineering, Clarkson University

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