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Assistant Professor

Siddharth Saksena

My research group focuses on hydrology, flood forecasting, hydroinformatics, and climate change impacts on water quantity and quality. I hold a BTech (2012) in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India, an MS (2014) and a PhD (2019) in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.

My research focuses on developing tools for enhancing the flood resilience of communities in response to land use and climate change involving watershed-scale flood modeling and forecasting using an integrated hydro-systems analysis.

I am a biostatistics enthusiast (brought up in a family of doctors) and frequently collaborate with the faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine on studies related to cardiac output measurements under anesthesia where I get to further my skills in statistical analysis and enjoy learning about fluid mechanics in medicine. 

I enjoy self-learning musical instruments, traveling with my wife, and listening to podcasts.

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PhD Student

Rezvane Ghorbani

My name is Rezvane, and I'm originally from Iran. I'm currently a Ph.D. student in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWR) at the Charles Edward Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech.

 

I completed my bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering at Guilan University in Iran, followed by a master's degree in Civil Engineering, with a focus on Water Resources Management, from K. N. Toosi University of Technology in Tehran, Iran.

 

Through my work, I aim to develop more effective strategies for managing water resources in the face of changing environmental conditions.

 

Research Interests:  Hydrology, surface water/groundwater modeling, and climate change. 

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Masters Student

Momtaz Jahan

I am a MS student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. I completed my Bachelor in Water Resources Engineering and MS in Water Resources Development from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. I also hold an MS in Biological Systems Engineering at VT with concentration on watershed management.

I have research experience in climate change risk and vulnerability assessment, qualitative evaluation of climate services, geospatial analysis, and soil and water nutrient analysis.

Research Interests: I am interested in the investigation of climate change and land use changes in flood hydrology. Currently, I aim to use different hydrological and hydrodynamic models to address the changes in flood forecasting methodologies over the short and long term. I am also interested in investigating the impact of hydrological extreme events on socio-economic systems and infrastructure through the use of statistical analysis and machine learning.

 

I enjoy reading, listening to music, and cooking when I am not working or studying.

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PhD Student

Soumya Guchhait

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Lalit Pal

I am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at Virginia Tech in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I have completed my PhD from IIT Roorkee, India. I conducted a part of my doctoral research at Purdue University as a Visiting Research Scholar. I hold a M. Tech. degree in Water Resources Engineering from SVNIT, India. My doctoral research was focused on comprehensive and high-resolution assessment of urban flood response to changing climate. My masters research revolved around quantifying the impact of climate and anthropogenic changes on catchment hydrology using hydrological modelling.

 

Research Interests: My current research aims at developing an automated framework for climate change impact assessment on urban flooding as part of The Urban Flooding Open Knowledge Network (UF-OKN) project. I integrate conventional process-based modelling approaches with physics-informed machine learning and AI. My broad research interests include Hydrologic modelling, Hydroclimatic extremes, Climate change attribution and impact assessment. 

I love hiking and trekking in nature (especially the Himalayan mountains). Keenly interested in ancient human civilizations and their evolution. Recreational home cook (Indian cuisines!)

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PhD Student

Vishwa Shah

I am pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. I come from Vadodara, a small town in Gujarat, India. My academic background includes a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from The M.S. University in Vadodara, which she earned in 2013, followed by an M.S. in Environmental Science from the New York Institute of Technology in 2016, and an M.Eng in Environmental Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 2019. Prior to starting my Ph.D., I worked as an Environmental Engineer in an environmental consulting firm to gain practical experience.

Research interests: Water Quality modeling, the impact of land use changes, statistical and empirical methods for evaluating environmental data, and model quality.

An interesting fact about me is that I am currently learning how to swim in order to overcome my fear of water.

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Research Assistant

Md Mahabub Arefin Chowdhury

I am originally from Bangladesh. I completed my Bachelor in Geology and Mining from University of Rajshahi in my home country. Later, I earned an MS in Water Resources Development from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. I also earned an MS in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2022. 

I have a diverse experience in working on coastal salinity intrusion, groundwater water vulnerability, geospatial analysis, remote sensing, hydrologic, and hydrodynamic modeling. In my 10 years of research experience, I have worked on multiple international collaborative projects including ESPA Deltas Project (led by the University of Southampton) and REACH Project (led by the University of Oxford). I worked on climatic and anthropogenic changes in the coastal area of Bangladesh and the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. I am also experienced in laboratory analysis of soil and water nutrient analysis and water quality modeling.
 
Research Interests: I am interested in watershed management by integrating hydrologic and hydrodynamic modeling tools and techniques, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and geospatial analysis of water resources systems.

 

I enjoy playing table tennis and cricket, gardening, and cooking in my free time.

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Masters Student

Erin Lee

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