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Student Opportunities

We are always looking for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in environmental hydraulics and sediment transport. Please click here to find out more about opportunities that are currently available.

Faculty and visiting scholars

Kyle Strom, Associate Professor
Email: strom@vt.edu
Office: Patton Hall 221D
BS CEE Washington State University
MS CEE Washington State University
PhD CEE University of Iowa
CEE faculty page
ResearchGate

Oral Yagci, PhD, Visiting Scholar
Associate Professor
Istanbul Technical University
Civil Engineering Department
Division of Hydraulics
Email: yagciora@itu.edu.tr
website http://web.itu.edu.tr/~yagciora/

Students

Brandon Dillon, PhD Student
Email: bdillon@vt.edu 
BS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
MS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
Research Topic: Mechanics Of Momentum Transport In An Alluvial System

Jeff Culp, MS Student
Email: jeffculp@vt.edu
BS Engineering, James Madison University
Research Topic: Sorting of silt and clay in boundary flows

Shantanu Bhide, MS Student
Email: bhidesv@vt.edu
BE Civil Engineering, University of Pune, India
Research Topic: Hyperpycnal river plunging

Melissa Joye, BS Student
Email: mellj97@vt.edu
Research Topic: Temporal dynamics of mud accumulation and release in Stroubles Creek

B. Nilay İşcen, MS Student
Email: niscen@vt.edu
BS and MS Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University
Research Topic: Morphodynamic And Hydraulic Co-Evolution Of Cohesive Alluvial Fans

Past PhD and MS Students

Rachel Kuprenas, MS Student
Email: kuprenas@vt.edu
Thesis: Improvements to the Modeling of Average Floc Size in Turbulent Suspensions of Mud

Duc Tran, PhD Student
Email: datran6@vt.edu
Website: https://sites.google.com/vt.edu/ductran/home
Dissertation Title: Experiments on the Transformation of Mud Flocs in Turbulent Suspensions

Elizabeth Angel, MS Student
Email: eangel@vt.edu 
BS Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
Research Topic: Wave Drag

Christian Mooneyham, MS 2016
Email: cdmooney@vt.edu 
BS Civil Engineering, United States Military Academy
MS Thesis: Large Interaction of Clay Wash Load with Gravel Beds

Mohamad Rouhnia, PhD 2016
Email: mohamadr@vt.edu
BS CE, University of Tehran
MS Marine Structures, University of Tehran
Dissertation: Vertical Transport of Sediment from Muddy Buoyant River Plumes in the Presence of Different Modes of Interfacial Instabilities

Hossein Hosseiny, MS 2015
Thesis: Methodological Considerations in the Calculation of Effective Discharge: Application for the Trinity and Brazos Rivers
Current Affiliation: Villanova University, PhD Studen

Paul Hamilton, PhD 2015
Thesis: Autogenic Processes on Supercritical Submarine Fans
Current Affiliation: Galveston District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston, TX, USA

Ali Keyvani, PhD 2013
Thesis: Flocculation Processes in Fluvial to Marine Transitions
Current Affiliation: Klotz Associates; Houston, TX

Mehrdad Salehi, PhD 2012
Thesis: Mud Transport in the Microtidal San Jacinto Estuary
Current Affiliation: Sargent & Lundy; Chicago, IL

Paul Hamilton, MS 2012
Thesis: Hydraulics of Autogenic Cycles in Alluvial Fan Development

Ruosen Qian, MS 2011
Thesis: 1D Morphodynamic River Modeling with a Contraction Structure

Remya Kumar, MS 2009
Thesis: Settling Velocity and Floc Properties of Houston Ship Channel Sediment

Visiting Students & Scholars

Mohammad Sofiyan, Visiting Student
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Water Resources Engineering and Management Research Centre (WAREM)
Summer 2010
Advisor: Dr. Shanker Kumar Sinnakaudan

Past Undergraduate Students

Carlos Guerrero, BS Student
Email: carlosg3@vt.edu 
current: BS Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
Research Topic: Underwater imaging of sediment

Colton Keene, BS Student
Email: colton95@vt.edu
BS Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech (in progress)

Elizabeth Angel
BS Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech 2016
Topic: Flow Visualization with Phosphorescent Particles

Jose Mendiola
Topic: Theoretical investigation of hydraulic jumps in the presence of expansions and channel steps

Daniel Timme
Topics: Manning n Determination for Industrial Pipe Fittings Conduit; Suspended sediment sampling on Buffalo Bayou, Brazos River, and Trinity River

Jaxon Gluck
Topics: Suspended sediment sampling on Buffalo Bayou and the Trinity River

Frederic Ma
Topic: Manning n Determination for Industrial Pipe Fittings Conduit; Suspended sediment sampling on Buffalo Bayou, Brazos River, and Trinity River

Miguel Albuja
Topic: Manning n Determination for Industrial Pipe Fittings Conduit, Hydraulic Performance of Staggered-Barrel Culverts for Stream Crossings

Guillermo Machado
Topics: Geomorphology of headwater streams in Texas Hill Country, Salt Creek Evaporator Design for Brine Disposal

Jennifer Ngo
Topic: Hydraulic Performance of Staggered-Barrel Culverts for Stream Crossings

Others...

Jessica Lucas, NSF REU Summer 2008
Alain Chamberlain, PURS undergraduate research student, Spring 2008
David Kuhns, NSF REU Summer 2007
Undergraduate Research Assistants: Jared Williams, William Regner, Georges Comair, David Zettlemoyer, Jordan Boucher, Brent Lindelof