Graduate Research Assistant
Georgia Institute of Technology
I am a Civil Engineering Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech researching urban storm water management through the focus of Geo-Environmental Engineering. After receiving a B.S. in Civil Engineering at The University of Maine and participating in two internships with Geosyntec Consultants I knew I wanted to do research that could help with environmental impacts our world faces today. In my future I wish to continue research as well as share my experiences and knowledge as an academic instructor. In my free time I enjoy traveling, kayaking, and being outside with my dog.
Optimal Site Analysis and Design for Low Impact Development Stormwater BMPs
My research focuses on analyzing variations of storms in the greater Atlanta area, as well as developing a model that incorporates these storm conditions to measure 2-D flow over stormwater BMPs. I have designed and constructed a Modified Phillip Dunne Infiltrometer to be used with total stations and rain simulators to measure 2-D flow over vegetated slopes in order to check the accuracy and feasibility of the aforementioned model. The model currently uses water infiltration and suction data specific to different soil properties and conditions, topographical data, and design storm intensities particular to different regions of the U.S. to model vegetated slope inflow and outflow hydrograph variations with changing length and grade. Ultimately, the model will provide an eco-friendly design and produce a more sustainable and easy to understand approach that maximizes stormwater drainage and pollutant removal while minimizing land usage and inconsistency in standards.