Former Graduate Students


Annette Sparks, MS, “Use of LiDAR in the Design of Grassed Waterways: Case Study in Agricultural Management in Oklahoma,” Technician, City of Chesapeake, Virginia.


Alexander Wohlgemuth, MS, “Evaluating Groundwater Recharge in the Saloum Region on Senegal,” Indian Health Service, Washington (co-advised with J. Gierke).


Zoe Miller, MS, “Modeling Impacts of Combined Sewer Overflows in SWMM in Cleveland, Ohio,” Institutional Analyst, Michigan Tech University.


Leigh Miller, MS, “Source Protection and Water Quality in the Comarca Ngabe-Bugle, Panama,” Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, Alaska.


M.C. Moritz, MS, “The Effect of Community Connectivity in Water and Sanitation Systems in Rural Panama,” Denver, Colorado.


Chelsea Fagan, MS, “Evaluating the Potential for Passive Greywater Irrigation in Northern Ghana,” Engineer, SGM, Glenwood Springs, Colorado.


Ben Savonen, MS, “Criteria for Sustainable Product Design for 3D Printing in the Developing World,” Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech University.


Alicia Sherrin, MS, “Water Use and System Reliability Under Diesel Generator and Solar Photovoltaic Powered Pumping Systems: A Case Study of Solla, Togo,” Intern, National Park Service, Yosemite, California.


Jonathan Witham, MS, “Calibration, Verification, and Diagnosis of a Season-Ahead Drought Prediction Model: Limits to Predictability in Central Texas,” Engineer, Amec Foster Wheeler, Wichita, Kansas.


Erica Jones, MS, “Improvements in Sustainability of Gravity-fed Water Systems in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, Panama: Spring Captures and Circuit Rider Model,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Atlanta, Georgia.


Ali Mirchi, PhD, “System Dynamics Modeling as a Quantitative-Qualitative Framework for Sustainable Water Resources Management: Insights for Water Quality Policy in the Great Lakes Region,” Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Texas - El Paso, El Paso, Texas.


Rabi Gyawali, PhD, “A Hydro-climatic Modeling Framework for Adaptive Water Resources Management in the Great Lakes Basin,” Research Hydrologist, U.S. Deparment of Agriculture, El Reno, Oklahoma. (co-advised with V. Griffis)


Luke Barrett, MS, “Evaluating the Installation and Performance of Manually Drilled Wells in North-Eastern Madagascar,” Bush-Proof, Madagascar.


Jake Midkiff, MS, “Post-Project Assessment of Pit Latrines in Rural Panama,” Project Environmental Engineer, Terracon, Des Moines, Iowa.


Huihui Lin, MS, “Analysis of Spring Break-Up and Its Effects on a Biomass Feedstock Supply Chain in Northern Michigan,” Ph.D. student in Mathematics & Statistics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.


Fletcher McKenzie, MS, “A Study of Water Use and Supply in the District of Independencia, Peru,” Water Resources Engineer, URS Corporation, Denver, Colo. (co-advised with B. Barkdoll)


Lauren Fry, PhD, “Water Resources, Health, and the Sustainability of Interventions to Achieve Water and Sanitation Targets of the Millennium Development Goals in a Changing World,” Hydraulic Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. (co-advised with J. Mihelcic)

Wenge Wei, PhD, “Use of Hydroclimatic Forecasts for Improved Water Management in Central Texas,” Research Associate, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.


Erin Satchell, MS, “Genetic Algorithm Learning Module for Environmental Engineering Systems,” Engineer, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Brandon Braithwaite, MS, “Training Water Committees in Bocas del Toro, Panama: A Case Study of Peace Corps Volunteers’ Initiative to Improve Rural Water System Management,” Engineer, MSA Professional Services, Madison, Wisconsin.

Jonathon Mellor, MS, “Water and Sanitation Accessibility and the Health of Rural Ugandans,” Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut.

Timothy Martin, MS, “An Analysis of Household Rainwater Harvesting Systems in Falelima, Samoa,” Zambia & Rwanda Program Manager, Bridges to Prosperity.


Joshua Cowden, PhD, “Planning and Adaptation Measures for Urban Slum Communities in West Africa: Stochastic Rainfall Modeling Applied to Domestic Rainwater Harvesting and Climate Change Adaptation,” Engineer, MWH Americas, Inc., Ft. Collins, Colo. (co-advised with J. Mihelcic)


Amber Buhl, MS, “Simulation and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Low-Impact Development Technologies for Stormwater Management,” Energy Engineer, Portland Energy Conservation, Inc., Portland, Oregon.

Nancy-Jeanne Bachmann, MS, “Hydrologic Monitoring of an Integrated Low Impact Development (LID) Underdrained Stormwater Management System, Engineer, Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc., St. Paul, Minn. (co-advised with J. Gierke)

Fredline Ilorme, MS, “Flood Risk Assessment in Haiti Using GIS and Remote Sensing,” Instructor & Post-doctoral Researcher, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.


Adam Ward, MS, “A Review of the Practice of Low Impact Development: Biodetention Design, Analysis, and Lifecycle Assessment,” Assistant Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Michelle Hallack-Alegria, MS, “Drought Frequency Analysis and Prediction in Sonora, Mexico,” Titular Professor of Civil Engineering, UABC, Tijuana, Mexico.

Michael Stevens, MS, “Snowmelt Frequency Analysis and Implications for Engineering Design in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan,” Engineer, Michael Baker Corporation, Princeton, New Jersey.


Douglas Messenger, MS, “Technical, Organizational, and Social Challenges of Project Development in Rural Latin America: A Honduran Case Study,” Engineer, Sonoma County Water Agency, California. (co-advised with J. Mihelcic)

Ken Thiemann, MS, "A Laboratory Study of Sediment Behavior in Groyne Fields," Co-Founder/Brewer, Borealis Fermentery, Two Harbors, Minn. (co-advised with B. Barkdoll)


Daniel K. Rucinski, MS, "A Modeling Analysis of a Dual Discharge Strategy for a Major Municipal Wastewater Effluent," Engineer, Limno-Tech, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan. (co-advised with M. Auer)


Laura (Arlt) Gerold, MS, "Design Storms for Stormwater Management in Michigan," Environmental Engineering Technology Instructor/Coordinator, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Wis.

Greg P. Hoffman, MEng, "Rainfall Runoff Model for the Maumee River Watershed," Engineer, Center for Watershed Protection, Inc., Port Huron, Michigan.

Sara M. O'Connell, MS, "The Use of Predictive Climate Signals in Synthetic Streamflow Development for Central Texas Water Management," Hydraulic Engineer, Hydrologic Engineering Center, US Army Corps of Engineers, Davis, California.


Andrea M. Paladino, MS, "Educating Stakeholders for Involvement in Watershed Planning and Management," Civil Engineer, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Marquette, Michigan.

Amy (Syens) Moore, MS, “Application of HEC-GeoHMS to the Rouge River Basin,” Civil Engineer, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Appleton, Wisconsin.


Greg A. Link, MS, "Modeling Spatial Variation in Rainfall Intensity-Duration-Frequency Estimates," Engineer, Wade-Trim Consulting Engineers, Cleveland, Ohio.

Christopher M. Trefry, MS, "Development of Regional Rainfall Intensity-Duration-Frequency Estimates for the State of Michigan," Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island, Illinois.