Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP)

Dr. Robert Traver

Focus

Advance the evolving field of sustainable stormwater management and foster the development of public and private partnerships through research.

Capabilities & Facilities

The last decade has seen rapidly growing interest in the use of stormwater control measures (SCMs) to treat various forms of water pollution, including runoff and peak flows. Recognizing the need for research and public education, Villanova has created a Research and Demonstration Park on campus. Among its many SCMs:

  • Stormwater wetland
  • Numerous rain gardens, including a site that compares bio-infiltration with bio-retention
  • Permeable pavements, including a side-by-side comparison of pervious concrete and porous asphalt
  • Infiltration trench
  • Green roof
  • Treatment train consisting of a bioswale, raingarden and infiltration trench

The following laboratories support VUSP research: 

  • Fluid Mechanics Lab
  • Soils Testing Lab
  • Water Resources Teaching and Research Laboratory (WRTRL)

Partnerships

Strategic Partner
Michael Baker International

Partners
Philadelphia Water Department.- Office of Watersheds
Weston Solutions
AECOM
Opti

Members
ACF Environmental
Amec Foster Wheeler
F.X.Browne
Geosyntec
JMT
Langan Engineering
Manko|Gold|Katcher|Fox
Momenee & Associates 
Nave Newell, Inc
NTM Engineering
Pennoni
RK&K
Van Note Harvey
T & M Associates

Friends
Advanced Geoservices
CH2M
Dewberry
Gannett Fleming
Princeton Hydro
Tetra Tech

Pervious Asphalt
CEER Green Roof
Recent tour of VU's Best Management Practice Research and Demonstration Park
Bioinfiltration Rain Garden during storm event
Dr. Traver at the Villanova Stormwater Wetland

Contact Information

Dr. Robert Traver, PhD, PE, DWRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE,
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and VCASE Director
Email: Robert.Traver@Villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-7899

Sonali Joshi, M.S., M.A., E.I.T.
VCASE Engineering Operations Manager
Email: Sonali.Joshi@Villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-5054

VUSP Faculty
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Andrea Welker, PhD, PE, Lead, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Bridget Wadzuk, PhD, Alternate Lead, Associate Professor
John Komlos, PhD, Assistant Professor
Kristin Sample-Lord, PhD, PE Assistant Professor
Virginia Smith, PhD, Assistant Professor

Dr. Komlos at the VIllanova Stormwater Wetland