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Maxwell E Agnew
Hydraulic Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, New Orleans, LA

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011
B.S. University of California at Davis, 2006

I participated in the USACE long-term training program, earning a masters degree from the University of Notre Dame with a thesis paper on surge and wave hindcasting using ADCIRC+SWAN, with special emphasis on the role of wetlands in surge and wave attenuation and incorporating a nested mesh approach to surge modeling.

At the USACE New Orleans District, I work on storm surge and wave modeling of synthetic design hurricanes using ADCIRC+SWAN 2D models, establishing stage-frequency and wave-frequency curves for design of New Orleans Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) (a $15 billion project), and calculating required 100-year design elevations for HSDRRS levees and floodwalls. Major projects are the Co-located Mississippi River (MRL/HSDRRS) levees, the IHNC surge barrier, the West Closure Complex, the Seabrook Floodgate Complex, and the Lake Pontchartrain Canal Closure structures.

Email: Maxwell.E.Agnew@usace.army.mil

Last Updated: 5/15/2013

David Ams
Transuranic Waste Sciences Manager, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2005
B.S. Kent State University, 1999

Email: dams@alumni.nd.edu

Last Updated: 5/16/2013


Cheryl Ann Blain
Research Oceanographer, Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 1994
M.S. Princeton University, 1989
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1987

My expertise is in the application of unstructured grid models to a variety of coastal, estuarine, and river processes. Many of my developed software modeling tools, transitioned to support Navy warfighters, are aimed at handling data-deprived environments and non-expert users. Recent research efforts explore the merger of models and remotely sensed data for riverine applications, investigate coupled hydrologic, riverine and coastal ocean processes, design systematic error analyses to improve coastal forecasts, forecast surge and inundation under sea level rise conditions, and derive new coupled assimilation systems for coupled ocean-wave models.

A 2012 winner of NRL's prestigious "Thomas Edison Patent Award", awarded to a patent that is perceived "to have the most potential benefit to the nation", I hold 5 patents and have I have authored more than 30 refereed journal articles, some of which are NRL Berman Award winners. I serve on the SWOT Discharge Algorithm Working Group, as associate editor for the Journal of Waterways, Ports, Coastal and Ocean Engineering and have acted in the capacity as science advisor to DARPA riverine programs and the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. I am founder of the ADCIRC Model Workshop, which has been held annually for the last 17 years, and now rotates among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Naval Research Laboratory. I enjoy mentoring young scientists from postdocs to summer students, many whom have moved on to their own successful careers in oceanography.

Email: cheryl.ann.blain@nrlssc.navy.mil

Last Updated: 5/17/2013


Lindsay Seders Dietrich
Chemist, PWSM Lab, The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 2011
B.S. University of Toledo, 2004

As a part of my Ph.D. research, I examined organic matter fate and transport in flow-through columns, proton binding of bacterial exudates, and adhesion of titanium dioxide nanoparticles onto silica and iron oxide-coated silica. After completing my Ph.D., I worked for 3 years as a Post Doctoral Fellow and then as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Southern Methodist University. There, I managed an environmental science and engineering lab and studied the behavior of engineered nanoparticles in aqueous environmental systems.

In September 2013, I started in the PWSM Lab where we analyze a variety of samples for nutrient content, metal concentrations, and other characteristics. The results are used to make recommendations to growers regarding deficiencies, fertilization, etc. I am also responsible for quality control, maintaining laboratory certifications, and method development.

E Mail:Lasdietrich@gmail.com
Web Link: http://www.ncagr.gov/agronomi/index.htm

Last Updated: 10/23/2013


Jesse C. Feyen
Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Silver Spring, MA

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2005
B.S. Calvin College, 2000

I am a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Silver Spring, Maryland. As one of NOAA's lead storm surge experts, I manage NOAA's Storm Surge Roadmap, which lays out the agency's comprehensive plan for the development of storm surge products and services, including new models, tools, and products. NOAA has a mission to protect life and property from disastrous coastal flooding and promote resilient communities, and the Roadmap improves National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center forecasts of storm surge. I joined the National Ocean Services' Coast Survey Development Laboratory in 2004 to develop and evaluate high resolution coastal inundation predictions of sea level rise and storm surge studies for the U.S. East and Gulf coasts.

Recently I have lead the implementation of the ADCIRC hydrodynamic model for prediction of storm surge and tide conditions during severe extratropical storms, called the Extratropical Surge and Tide Operational Forecast System (ESTOFS). The National Ocean Service is also testing application of ADCIRC to produce ensembles of high resolution storm surge prediction for tropical cyclones. I have also coordinated a series of social science studies that have guided the development of upcoming storm surge forecast products, including an inundation graphic and storm surge warning.

E Mail: jesse.feyen@noaa.gov
Web Link: stormsurge.noaa.gov

Last Updated: 6/12/2013


Lisa Vidergar Lucas
Research Engineer, United States Geological Survey

Ph.D. Stanford University, 1997,
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 1989

I am a Research Engineer with the United States Geological Survey in their Water discipline. We are an earth science agency charged with doing high quality, objective, and relevant science that can help inform management of our planet's resources and ecosystems.

I love my job at the U.S.G.S. Inhabiting the interface between physics and biology in aquatic ecosystems, I study how hydrodynamics, mixing, and turbulence interact with other physical and biological processes to influence the base of the aquatic food web (namely, phytoplankton). I primarily work in tidal systems like San Francisco Bay, employing numerical modeling and field measurements (ideally, together) to help improve our understanding of how these ecosystems work. My research is highly interdisciplinary, so I get to constantly learn and incorporate knowledge from scientific disciplines other than my native field of study (civil engineering). I also get to work with a variety of scientists from a broad range of fields including climatology, fish biology, and ecotoxicology, to name a few.

One project in which I'm heavily implicated is "CASCaDE" (Computational Assessments of Scenarios of Change for the Delta Ecosystem). This is a hyper-disciplinary modeling project involving more than 30 scientists at multiple institutions. We are developing and linking several numerical models of the San Francisco Bay-Delta-Watershed-Atmosphere system to assess plausible scenarios of future change for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the tidal freshwater system at the head of San Francisco Bay. The hub of California's water delivery system and a large ecosystem in severe decline, our "Delta" is expected to be subject to several forces of intended and unintended change over the coming century: climate, earthquake, ecosystem restoration, and large-scale changes in water diversion infrastructure. Multi-billion dollar plans are being developed to co-equally manage the Delta for ecosystem health and water supply into the next several decades, and scientific guidance is needed. CASCaDE strives to illuminate how the Delta ecosystem might respond to these various forces of change and to help provide some scientific basis for decision making. Check out our project website: http://cascade.wr.usgs.gov/.

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series (March 1, 2012)

Web Link:http://sfbay.wr.usgs.gov/access/wqdata/overview/people/lisacv.html

Last Updated: 5/24/2013


Rosanne C Martyr
Post-Doctoral Fellow, San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California, San Diego, CA

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2013
B.S. Geneva College, 2006

At Notre Dame, I worked with Joannes Westerink and the Computational Hydraulics Lab studying riverine, tidal and hurricane flows in the Gulf of Mexico, and utilizing high-performacne computing environments for numerical modeling.

Currently, I am a post-doctoral fellow at the San Diego Supercomputer Center of UC San Diego, and stationed at the USGS Western Division Office in Menlo Park, CA. My work with the USGS focuses on the use of unstructured-grid numerical models for long-term hydrodynamic flows and sediment transport in the San Francisco Estuary.
Professional Projects (Please summarize your professional expertise and highlight key projects/experiences)

My work at Notre Dame involved the validation and application of high-reolsuton, unstructured grid models of the Gulf of Mexico that were used extensively by the US Army Corps of Engineers for levee design along the Gulf Coast. My current work at the USGS is part of the USGS-led Cascade II Project which aims to understand the impact of climate change and large changes in the physical environment on hydrology, hydrodynamics, geomorphology, and key biological species in the San Francisco estuary. This multi-displinary project spans US government agencies, universities, and countries.

E Mail: rmartyr@usgs.gov

Last Updated: 6/13/2013

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