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Diogo Bolster

Associate Professor and Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Chair in Hydrology

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Associate Professor and Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Chair in Hydrology
College of Engineering

Email: dbolster@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-0965

Office: Cushing Hall Room 120C

Education

Postdoc, Polytechnic University of Cataluna, Barcelona, Spain

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering,University of California San Diego

M.S., Mechanical Engineering,University of California San Diego

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland

Biography

Awards

AGU Editor’s Citation for ‘Excellence in Reviewing’ for Geophysical Research Letters (2015)
NSF CAREER Award (2014)
UCSD Dept. of Mechanical Engineering 'Outstanding Graduate Student Award' (2007)
Institute of Mechanical Engineers 'Frederic Barnes Waldron' Best Student Prize (2002)
Institute of Mechanical Engineers 'Institution Best Student Award' (2000)
1st Place - Ireland Young Engineer Essay Competition (1998)

Recent Publications (for full list see personal website)

AF Aubeneau, B Hanharan*, D Bolster and J Tank (2016)
Biofilm growth in gravel-bed streams controls solute residence time distributions, Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, Accepted

C Gonzalez, D Richter, D Bolster, J Calantoni, S Bateman, C Escauriaza (2016)
Characterization of bedload intermittency near the threshold of motion using a Lagrangian sediment transport model, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Accepted

TA Duster*, C Na, D Bolster and J Fein (2016)
Transport of Single-Layered Graphene Oxide Nanosheets through Quartz and Iron Oxide Coated Sand Columns, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Accepted

AJ Shogren*, JL Tank, E Andruszkiewicz^, Brett Olds, C Jerde, D Bolster (2016)
Modeling the transport of environmental DNA using continuous flow-through column experiments, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 13, 20160290

D Bolster, A Paster and DA Benson (2016)
A particle number conserving Lagrangian method for mixing-driven reactive transport, Water Resources Research, 2016, 52, 1518-1527

 C Hunter*, J Gironas, D Bolster and CA Karavatis (2015) 
A Dynamic, Multivariate Sustainability Measure for Robust Analysis of Water Management under Climate and Demand Uncertainty in an Arid Environment, Water, 7, 5928-558

N Sund*, D Bolster and C Dawson (2015)
Upscaling transport of a reacting solute through a periodically converging-diverging channel at pre-asymptotic times
Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 182, 1-15

MP Clark, Y Fan, DM Lawrence, JC Adam, D Bolster, DJ Gochis, RP Hooper, M Kumar, LR Leung, DS Mackay, RM Maxwell, C Shen, SC Swenson and X Zeng (2015)
Improving the representation of hydrologic processes in Earth System Models
, Water Resources Research, 51, 5929-5956

Summary of Activities/Interests

There is an ever-growing concern for the impact we have on the earth and its resources. As such, it has become critical to study and understand the influence of our actions so as to minimize negative impacts and continue to fruitfully exploit the resources available. Motivated by this and his personal passion for fluid dynamics, most of Dr. Bolster's research to date has concerned the study of environmental fluid flows and contaminant transport across a wide range of scales and scenarios from groundwater flows in porous media, to confined buoyancy-driven flows in enclosed spaces such as buildings to larger scale buoyancy-driven atmospheric flows such as gravity currents.

In most projects, Dr. Bolster has developed simple mathematical and numerical models in the hope of providing useful and useable tools to practitioners and policy makers for whom such tools are essential for effective decision-making. He has also run laboratory scale experiments to obtain further insight into the physical phenomena taking place and to verify the models he developed.

The specific areas of research in which Dr. Bolster works include: contaminant transport in coastal aquifers, multiphase flow and reactive contaminant transport in heterogeneous porous media (with potential applications to CO2 sequestration), pore scale modeling of contaminant transport, probabilistic risk assessment relating to contamination scenarios, intrusive gravity currents, transient flows in naturally ventilated spaces, contaminant transport in lo- energy buildings and vortex rings.

News

Researchers to Study the Impact of Toxic Properties on the Environment

November 20, 2017

NOTRE DAME ECOSYSTEM FACILITY OFFERS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP MORE ACCURATE MODELS

Notre Dame Ecosystem Facility Offers Unique Opportunity to Develop More Accurate Models

November 16, 2017

Although the United States had its industrial revolution in the 1800s, other countries are now experiencing their manufacturing boom in the 21st century. This means that more advanced manufactured materials are being produced, including engineered nanoparticles whose exact impact on the environment and human health are unknown, but whose effects could be quite negative. To better understand such threats, researchers are using the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility to study how these engineered nanoparticles will move and spread in the natural environment.

Natural Hazard Research at Notre Dame: Engineers Putting their Expertise to Work throughout a Busy Season

November 8, 2017

In a year that included Harvey, Jose, Maria, Nate, Ophelia and Irma, wind and coastal engineers have been scrambling to document infrastructure performance and damage as they continue to seek ways to improve the construction standards and level of hurricane resistance of the country’s infrastructure.

Q&A with Diogo Bolster: Symposium at Vatican Offers New Potential for Collaboration

October 31, 2017

Diogo Bolster, associate professor of engineering at Notre Dame and associate director of ND-ECI, recently visited Rome to attend the Symposium on Global Sustainability. He spoke about his experience and insights during a Q&A session.

Researchers Receive Funding to Advance Accuracy of Hurricane Storm Surge Forecasts

October 5, 2017

Supporting the need for increased understanding of natural disasters through improved modeling and forecasting, the National Science Foundation awarded a team of University of Notre Dame engineers nearly $1 million to advance accuracy in forecasting storm surge.

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