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Dr. Celso Ferreira

Short Bio

Dr. Celso Ferreira is an Assistant Professor in the Civil, Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering  Department of George  Mason University, specializing in water resources engineering. He is also an Associate Researcher at the USGS National Research Program. His current  research interests are associated to water related  extreme weather hazards and its impacts to civil engineering infrastructure. Dr. Celso Ferreira has authored over 20 technical publications and his research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Interior (DOI), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and several private organizations. He was recently appointed a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He has more than 10 years of experience working in consulting projects related to water resources, environmental and coastal engineering in the US and Brazil.

Education

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, August 2012

M.S. Environmental Engineering, Federal University of Santa Catarina, March 2007

M.E. Basic and Applied Hydrology, CEDEX – Centro de Estudios y Experimentación de Obras Públicas, Spain, August 2006

B.S. Civil Engineering, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, 2003


 

Doctoral Students

Seth Brown

B.S. Civil Engineering, Christian Brothers University

M.S. Civil Engineering, Univeristy of Maryland

Research interests: use of agent-based modeling platforms to simulate investments in green stormwater infrastructure for market-based incentive programs and the impacts these investments will have on water resources.             

     * Co-Advised by Dr. Mark Houck.

Link to personal research website


 

Juan Luis Garzon Hervas

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Granada, Spain

M.S. Coastal and Ports Engineering, University of Cantabria, Spain

Research interests: Juan is a graduate research assitant working on both modeling physical processes in coastal areas and field experiments in the Chesapeake Bay. Specifically, he has a wide experience using the hydrodynamic model ADCIRC coupled with the wind wave model SWAN. His modeling work has been focused on hindcasting tropical and extratropical storms affecting the Bay, and currently he is colaborating to develop the water level forecast system at the Flood Hazard Research Lab. Regarding the field experiments, his dissertation will involve a wide set of equipment: AquaDopp, high and slow frequency  sensors, DGPS and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in order to obtain a better understanding of how marshes areas and vegetation fields help to protect coastal areas from storm surge, wave action and currents. Juan proyect´s is funded by NSF Project: Hazards SEES Type 2, Modeling to Promote Regional Resilience to Repeated Heat Waves and Hurricanes. 

Link to personal research website


 

Arslaan Khalid

B.E. in Civil Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad,Pakistan (2015)

Research interests: Nature based Coastal Defenses for Hurricane Flooding (Wetland's potential for attenuating Coastal flooding), Application of GIS and Remote Sensing, Strom Surge Modelling,Weather Forecasting Systems,Flood hazard mapping,Wetlands and Coastal restoration.

 

 


 

Seth Lawler

 B.A. History, San Francisco State University

 B.S. Civil Engineering, George Mason Univeristy

 M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Mason Univeristy

Research interests: Seth is a water resources engineer at Dewberry, where he develops python tools and surface water models for coastal and riverine flood studies. As a masters student at GMU he focused on coastal engineering applications, investigating the behavior of storm surge through marsh wetlands and barrier island systems using the ADCIRC and SWAN hydrodynamic and wave models. Seth's current research focus is directed toward improving modeling capability—in real time or near real time—in areas influenced by coastal and riverine flood processes.

Link to personal research website


 

Ali Mohammad Rezaie

B.S. Water Resources Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), (2012)

M.S. Water Resources Development, Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) (BUET), (2015)

Research interests: Rezaie is a doctoral researcher working on integrating science and policy through combining the coupled version of coastal hydrodynamic (ADCIRC) and wave (SWAN) models with economic analysis to quantify nature based protective ecosystem service for current and future climate change and sea level rise scenarios. His previous research involved application of HECRAS and Delft 3D modeling to characterize coastal and estuarine flow dynamics, and flooding scenarios in the coastal regions of Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta. For his master's dissertation he developed a real time storm surge inundation prediction system for Bangladesh.

Link to personal research website


 

Selina Jahan Sumi

B.S. in Water Resources Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh (2012)

M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana, USA (2015)

Research interests: Coastal Hydrology and Hydraulics, Ecology and Ecohydrology, Watershed Planning and Management, Application of GIS and Remote Sensing, Numerical and Physical Modeling in Water Resources Problems.

 


 

Richard Weisman, P. E.

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca New York

M.S. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Research interests: Potable drinking water systems, water quality and public health protection, distribution systems, risk balancing between protection from pathogens and disinfection by-products, integration of source water quality and drinking water quality, impacts of precursor components on water quality, effects of climate change on drinking water quality. 


 

Master Students

Sherwin Zahirieh

M.S. Environmental and Water Resource Engineering, George Mason Univeristy (Expected Fall 2017)

B.S. Civil and Infrastructure Engineering ,George Mason University (Spring 2016)

Research area: Applications of Drone Technology in Water Resources Engineering, Stormwater Management, STEAM Education

 


 

 

Undegraduate Students

Tirik Ford

BS Geography, George Mason University (Expected: May,2018)

Research Interests: Undergraduate Research Experience on nature based defenses for hurricane storm surge

 

 

 


 

Tyler Miesse

B.S. Civil, Environmental and Infrastructural Engineering, George Mason University (Expected Spring 2018)

Research area: Coastal flood hazards modeling with XBEACH and field observation of coastal extreme events

 

 


 

Former Postdoctoral Research Scholars

Dr. Eléonore Paquier

B.S. in Geography, Aix-Marseille University (2007)

M.S. in Environmental Science (Geomorphology), Aix-Marseille University (2009)

PhD in Physical Geography, Aix-Marseille University (2014) 

​Doctoral Dissertation: Interactions between hydrodynamics, sedimentary processes and a receding Zostera noltei meadow in a fetch limited setting in Mediterranean France

Research interests: Interested in interactions between hydrodynamics, sedimentary processes and vegetation in estuarine, lagoonal and coastal areas. Working on the field monitoring of these processes on the project "Hurricane Storm Surge attenuation by Wetlands"

Link to personal research website


 

Former PhD Students

Daniel Habete

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Maryland (2007)

M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Maryland (2011)

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, George Mason University (2017)

Research interests: Impacts of climate and anthropogenic induced non-stationary in watershed and stormwater systems response with a focus on hydrological and Hydraulic engineering design, and floodplain mapping 


 

Mike Wright

PhD Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, George Mason Univeristy (2014)

Thesis: Evaluation of heterogeneity statistics for hydrological regional frequency analysis

 * Co-Advised with Dr. Mark Houck

 


 

 

Former Masters Students

Mariamawit Borga

B.S. Jackson State University (2014)

M.S. Civil and Environmental, George Mason Univeristy (Spring 2016)

Research area: Integration of scour models to hurricane storm surge damage analyses 

* Co-Advised with Dr. Burak Tanyu

 


 

Ryan Cook

B.S. James Madison University (2012)

M.S. Civil and Environmental, George Mason Univeristy (2016)

Research area: Stormwater and flood monitoring on George Mason's campus

 

 


 

Mithun Deb

B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh (2011)

M.S. in Civil Engineering, George Mason University (2015)

Research Interests: High Performance Computing, Storm surge modeling, Coastal circulation models (ADCIRC), Flood water management; Remote Sensing & GIS; River morphology

Current position: PhD student at the University of Delaware, Center for Applied Coastal Research. Advisor Dr. James Kirby


 

Morvarid Ganjalizadeh (Niloo)

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Mason Univeristy (2016)

Research area: Hydrological and hyadraulic real time systems. Campus watershed hydrological instrumentation. The Mason Water Data Information System (MWDIS) data collection and maintenance.

* Co-Advised with Dr. Viviana Maggioni

 


 

Jana Haddad

B.S.  Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Mason Univeristy (2015)

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Mason Univeristy (2016)

Research area: Hurricane storm surge modeling

Current position: PhD student at the University of North Carolina, Chapell Hill. Advisor Dr. Rick Luettich.


 

Former Undergraduate Students

Nadia Ahmadi

B.S.  Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Mason Univeristy

Research area: Impacts of extreme weather events on the Mason Campus. Environmental and hydrological data real time telemetry implementation.

 

 

 


 

Meghan Andrews

Geography BA with a minor in GIS (Expected 2018)

Research Interests: Utilizing GIS to visualize spatial data effectively, creating an organized database for better illustration of Project data.

 


 

Tim Arvin

B.S.  Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Mason Univeristy (Spring 2015)

Research interests: Environmental monitoring of the Mason Watershed. Installation and maintenance of hydrological field equipment. Study of watershed response to extreme events on campus.

 


 

Lora Baungartner

B.S.  Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Mason Univeristy (Fall 2015)

Research area: Flood hazards modeling on our campus watershed and  development of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling tutorials.

 

 

 


 

Alayna Bigalbal

B.S.  Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Mason Univeristy

Research area: Undergraduate Research Experience on nature based defenses for hurricane storm surge
 

 

 


 

Paulo Cesar

B.S.  Eletronic Engineering, Aeronautics Institute of Technology, Brazil

Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Experience

Research area: Smart real time flood sensors development and implementation

 


 

Marcelo Cezarini

B.S. Civil Engineering, George Mason Univeristy (Visiting Student)

Brazil Scientific Mobility Program fully-funded scholarship recipient provided by CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education

Brazilian home institution: Federal University of Minas Gerais

Research area: Flood hazards modeling on our campus watershed.

 


 

Tanzin Jigme

B.S.  Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Mason Univeristy

Research area: Undergraduate Research Experience on nature based defenses for hurricane storm surge

 

 


 

Lindsey Kellar

B.S.  Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Mason Univeristy (2016)

Research area: Coastal flooding: Application of a hydrodynamic model (Mike 21 by DHI) to evaluate storm   surge dissipation in shallow waters by wetlands

 

 

 


 

Beverly Lanza

B.S.  Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Mason Univeristy

Research area: Undergraduate Research Experience on nature based defenses for hurricane storm surge

 

 

 


 

Augusto Lopes da Silva

B.S. Information Systems and Operations Management, George Mason Univeristy (Visiting Student)

Brazil Scientific Mobility Program fully-funded scholarship recipient provided by CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education

Brazilian home institution: Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos

Research interests: The Mason Water Data Information System (MWDIS): Enabling data sharing and discovery at George Mason University


 

Amelia Martin

B.S. Civil Engineering, George Mason Univeristy (2014)

Undergraduate Research: Potential Impacts of Hurricane Flooding in the National Capital Region: What if Hurricane Sandy Made Landfall in the Chesapeake Bay?

 

 

 


 

Santosh Neupane

B.S. Civil Engineering, George Mason Univeristy

Research interests: Killer Cold Waves in Nepal: Possible Causes In Nepalgunj

 


 

Angelita Barbosa Nunes

B.S. Computer Science, George Mason Univeristy (Visiting Student)

Brazil Scientific Mobility Program fully-funded scholarship recipient provided by CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education

Brazilian home institution: Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana

Research interests: The Mason Water Data Information System (MWDIS): Enabling data sharing and discovery at George Mason University


 

Eric Ong

B.S.  Geography, George Mason Univeristy. Minors Intelligence Analysis and GIS

Research area: GIS programming to support storm surge modeling. Python code development. Development of ArcGIS tools to integrate wave and hydrodynamic models with GIS.

 

 

 


 

Daniel Scolese

B.S. Civil Engineering, George Mason Univeristy (2013)

Undergraduate Research: The Effects of First Floor Elevation Distribution and Depth-Damage Curves on the HAZUS-MH Flood Model Damage Estimation  for Coastal Floods

 

 

 


 

Former Computer Science Students

Kratika Jain

M.S.  Information Systems, Computer Sciences Department, George Mason Univeristy

Research area: Database Administrator for the MWDIS. Her current project is related to research and analysis the technology and tools used in Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI) water data center for real time data publication. Focusing on MWDIS data to comply with CAUHSI and using CUAHSI Hydrologic Information Systems (HIS) software and standards of data. Also analyzing the database - Observations Data Model (ODM) employed by CUAHSI which provides metadata of the data values and includes tables with information related to Sites, Variables, Sources, etc.


 

Former High School Students

Emma Glass

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

2016 Mason Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP)

Research area: Quantification and Analysis of Coastal Flood Attenuation By  The Chesapeake Bay Wetlands

 

 


 

Numan Khan

Thomas Jefferson High School (Expected: 2017)

2015 Mason Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP)

Research area: Smart real time flood sensors development and implementation

 


 

Brian Ross

St. Albans School

2016 Mason Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP)

Research area: Modeling the use and efficiency of low impact developments on the George Mason Campus.

 

 


 

Christine Wang

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

2016 Mentorship Program

Research area: Development of a real-time coastal flood hazards forecasting system for the Chesapeake Bay based on hydrodynamic and wave models (ADCIRC+SWAN) and the North Atlantic Mesoscale Model (NAM)

 

 


 

Christine Zhao

Thomas Jefferson High School (Expected: 2018)

2016 Mason Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP)

Research area: Reading sensor data into ArcGIS and uploading flood indicator information onto ArcGIS servers, web, and mobile applications for easy user readability