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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.

Current Group

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
Google Scholar
ResearchGate
OSF

Tom Ashley

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Email: tcashley@vt.edu
Office: Hancock Hall 111
BA, Geology, Colorado College,
PhD, Geology, University of Wyoming
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Kristin Chilton

NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: kchilton@vt.edu
Office: Hancock Hall 111
BS, Geology, University of Florida;
MS, Geosciences, Virginia Tech;
PhD, Geosciences, Virginia Tech
Google Scholar

Brandon Dillon

PhD Student
Email: bdillon@vt.edu 
BS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
MS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
Research Topic: Synthetic Turbulence and Initiation of Particle Motion

Ehsan Abolfazli

PhD Student
Email: abolfazli@vt.edu
BS Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology
MS Biomedical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology
MS Oceanography, Louisiana State University
Research Topic: Flocculation in the Fluvial to Marine Transition

Maureen Fuller

MS Student
Email: MaureenFuller@vt.edu 
BS Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
Research Topic: Sediment Dynamics Associated with Mounded Bluehead Chub Nests

Past Students and Postdocs

Ryan Osborn

MS 2021
Email: rtosbor2@vt.edu
MS Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech
BS Engineering Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thesis: The Development of an In-situ Mud Floc Microscope Imaging Device and In-situ Floc Observations from the Lowermost Mississippi River

Annie Tkacik

MS 2021
MS Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech
BS Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
Research Topic: Analysis of By-Size Class Bedload Transport Data Collected with PressureDifference Sediment Samplers

Jeff Culp

MS 2019
Email: jeffculp@vt.edu
Thesis: Sorting of silt and clay in boundary flows

Shantanu Bhide

MS 2019
Email: bhidesv@vt.edu
Thesis: Hyperpycnal river plunging

Melissa Joye

BS 2019
Email: mellj97@vt.edu
Research Topic: Temporal dynamics of mud accumulation and release in Stroubles Creek

Rachel Kuprenas

MS 2018
Email: kuprenas@vt.edu
Thesis: Improvements to the Modeling of Average Floc Size in Turbulent Suspensions of Mud

Duc Tran

PhD 2018
Email: datran6@vt.edu
Website: https://sites.google.com/vt.edu/ductran/home
Dissertation: Experiments on the Transformation of Mud Flocs in Turbulent Suspensions

B. Nilay İşcen

MS 2018
Email: niscen@vt.edu
Research Topic: Morphodynamic And Hydraulic Co-Evolution Of Cohesive Alluvial Fans

Elizabeth Angel

MS 2018
Email: eangel@vt.edu
BS Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
Research Topic: Wave Drag

Christian Mooneyham

MS 2016
Email: cdmooney@vt.edu
Thesis: Large Interaction of Clay Wash Load with Gravel Beds

Mohamad Rouhnia

PhD 2016
Email: mohamadr@vt.edu
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

Paul Hamilton

PhD 2015
Dissertation: Autogenic Processes on Supercritical Submarine Fans

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

Ali Keyvani

PhD 2013
Dissertation: Flocculation Processes in Fluvial to Marine Transitions

Mehrdad Salehi

PhD 2012
Dissertation: Mud Transport in the Microtidal San Jacinto Estuary

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

Oral Yagci

Visiting Scholar 2018-2019
Associate Professor
Istanbul Technical University
Civil Engineering Department
Division of Hydraulics
Email: yagciora@itu.edu.tr
website http://web.itu.edu.tr/~yagciora/

Mohammad Sofiyan

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

Other Undergraduate Students

Carlos Guerrero

BS Student

BS Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
Research Topic: Underwater imaging of sediment

Colton Keene

BS Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech

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, 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