The VUSP faculty consists of members from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University. 

Dr. T

Robert Traver, Ph.D., PE, F.EWRI, D.WRE., F.ASCE., F.EWRI.
Edward A. Daylor Chair in Civil Engineering
Professor and Director

Dr. Traver is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering (VCASE) as well as the Villanva Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP). He teaches courses in surface water hydrology, open channel hydraulics, and urban storm water management. 

He has conducted research on topics that include modeling of stream hydraulics, urban hydrology, water quality, and sustainable stormwater management.

He is the immediate past President of American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) and is also a fellow of Environmental and Water Resources Insitute (EWRI). 

Dr. Welker


Andrea Welker, Ph.D., PE, Lead

Dr. Welker was promoted in May 2013 to Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, making her the first woman in the department to achieve the rank of full professor. 

Dr. Welker teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate courses for the College, including Geology for Engineers, Soil Mechanics and Geosynthetics. She is the lead of the VUSP and actively researches the geotechnical aspects of stormwater control measures (SCMs). 



Dr. Wadzuk

Bridget Wadzuk, Ph.D. Alternate Lead

Dr. Bridget Wadzuk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her teaching and research focus is in the area of Water Resources Engineering, specifically in Environmental Fluid Mechanics. She is also involved in engineering service learning projects. 

Dr. Wadzuk is an alternate lead of the VUSP. Her teaching philosophy stems from her belief that one’s time at university is an experience where students participate in activities that allow one to accumulate knowledge, skills and perspective. As an educator, she takes it as her responsibility to create an opportunity for an experience to take place in the classroom, laboratory and extracurricular activities, such as service trips, so they participate in their education and understand the responsibility of their profession.


Dr. Komlos

John Komlos, Ph.D.

Dr. Komlos is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University.

Dr. Komlos' focus is on fate and transport of contaminants in natural and engineered systems with an emphasis on microbiology, geochemistry and hydrodynamics. Current research interests include subsurface metals and nutrient retention mechanisms as they pertain to pollutant removal from stormwater control measures (SCMs).




Erica Forgione, M.S., E.I.T., is the Water Resources Laboratory Director and oversees the lab. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University in 2012 and a master's degree in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering in 2015. She can be contacted at erica.forgione@villanova.edu