SSPEED Graduates (since 2015)

Dr. Katherine Anarde

Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2019

Thesis: Transformation & Morphological Impact of Low-Frequency Waves during Hurricane Attack

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Connie Do

M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2019

​MS Thesis: Development of a Framework to Simulate Storm Surge-Induced Aboveground Storage Tank Spills

Current Position: Graduate Engineer, Walter P Moore

Ferne Maulsby

M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2019

​MS Thesis: Quantifying Risk Reduction of Flood Mitigation Measures for an Urban Watershed in Houston, Texas

Current Position: Project Engineer, WGA Consulting Engineers

Avantika Gori

M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2018

M.S. Thesis: Quantifying Impacts of Development on Floodplain Evolution and Projections of Future Flood Hazard: Applications to Harris County TX

Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Princeton University

Dr. Ben Bass

Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2018

Ph.D. Thesis: Improvements to the Characterization of Tropical Cyclone Flood Risks with Advanced Statistical and Numerical Modeling Methods. 

Current Position: Water Resources Engineer, Woodard & Curran

John Nicholas Irza

M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2017

M.S. Thesis: Addressing Uncertainty in Residential Damage Estimates from Tropical Cyclone Storm Surge with a Focus on Variability in Structure Elevations.

Current Position: Water Engineer, Arcadis

Dr. Antonia Sebastian

Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, December 2016

Ph.D. Thesis: Quantifying Flood Hazard & Risk in Highly Urbanized Coastal Watersheds

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Andrew Juan

Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2016

Ph.D. Thesis: Evaluating the Hydrodynamic Performance of Green and Gray Infrastructure in Urban Watersheds for the Greater Houston Region

Current Position: Research Scientist, Rice University

Dr. Jacob Torres

Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2016

Ph.D. Thesis: Novel Computational and Probabilistic Methods for Characterizing Joint Flood Hazards under Extreme Cyclone Events

Current Position: Managing Partner and Principal, Torres & Associates, LLC

Mikaela Mahoney

M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2016

M.S. Thesis: Future Water for Texas: Evaluating the efficacy of groundwater availability model in south central Texas by using actual pumping data from 2000-2014.

Current Position: Hydraulic Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Christina Hughes

M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2015

M.S. Thesis: Watershed-scale Distributed Hudrologic Modeling and Assessment of Low Impact Development Features in White Oak Bayou, Houston, TX

Current Position: Water Resources Team Director, Walter P Moore

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