EFML People

Jorge D. Abad, EFM Director

Assistant Professor
EFM Director
Phone: (412) 624-4399
Fax: (412) 624-0135
Office: 731 Benedum

My research group combines fundamental and applied research topics. Fundamental topics include:mechanics of sediment transport, high-resolution description of hydrodynamic and morphodynamics in subaerial and submarine meandering channels, dynamics of anabranching rivers, long-term prediction of river morphodynamics, development of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models for environmental flows, environmental hydrodynamics, and transport and mixing processes. Applied topics include: river restoration, bank protection using instream-structures, development of GIS-tools for river management, development of CFD models for hydraulic structures (e.g. dropshafts and fish-passage canoe-chutes). The EPEF research group seeks understanding of geophysical processes in laboratory-scale (theoretical, physical experiments, and numerical approaches) and field-scale (theoretical, numerical and field work).


Alejandro Mendoza

Office: 718 Benedum

Research Interest: CFD applied to free surface flows, High-Performance Computing Techniques, Rivers, Hydrology

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Former Members

  • Ross Volkwein, BSCE '11 MSCE 12'
  • Marianne Choi, BSCE '11, pursuing MSCE at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Greg Turko, Undergraduate
  • Zach Rinker, Undergraduate
  • Brad Harken, BSCE '11, MSCE at Berkeley
  • Adam Sam, MSCE '10