Faculty Experts - Andrea L. Welker, Ph.D. P.E.

Andrea L. Welker, Ph.D. P.E.

Andrea L. Welker, Ph.D. P.E.

Area of Expertise:

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Engineering Sustainable Landscaping/Rain Garden Design
  • Stormwater Management


Dr. Welker is an authoritative source for stories that seek to present environmental engineering solutions to development and overbuilding, especially stormwater runoff. Her combined interest in geotechnical engineering and stormwater management has led Dr. Welker to investigate processes occurring in stormwater infiltration. As a leading member of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership, Dr. Welker can speak about various methods of improving stormwater management, including how to achieve easy, economical, natural bioretention through the design and do-it-yourself construction of rain gardens.


  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S., Drexel University
  • B.S., Drexel University

Selected Publications

  • Welker, A.L. and Falcone, F. (2008), "Professional Practices in Civil Engineering: Meeting and Exceeding the New Civil Engineering Criteria," Proceedings of the 2008 ASEE Annual Meeting, June 23-25, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Welker, A.L. and Quintilliano, B. (2008), "Information Literacy: Moving Beyond Wikipedia," The Proceedings of GeoCongress 2007, March 9-12, New Orleans, La.
  • Hankins, K., Welker, A.L., and Mandarano, L. (2008), "An Integrated Monitoring Plan for BioInfiltration BMPs", The Proceedings of GeoCongress 2008, March 9-12, New Orleans, La.
  • Kwiatkowski, M., Welker, A.L., and Traver, R., Vanacore, M. and Ladd, T. (20087), "Evaluation of an Infiltration Best Management Practice Utilizing Pervious Concrete," Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol. 43, No. 5, pp. 1208-1222.
  • Welker, A.L., Gore, M., and Traver, R.G. (2006), "Evaluation of the Long Term Impacts of an Infiltration BMP," Proceedings of The 7th International Conference on Hydroscience and Engineering (ICHE-2006), September 10-13, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Heasom, W., Traver, R.G., and Welker, A.L. (2006), "Hydrolic Modeling of a Bioinfiltration Best Management Practice Using HEC-HMS," Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol. 42, No. 5, pp. 1329-1347.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Villanova University 
  • Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin
  • Geotechnical Engineer, Gannett Fleming

Selected Research

  • Measurement of in-situ hydraulic conductivity and coefficient of consolidation using PVDs, 2003-present, with Nilex Corporation.
  • Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership: Collaborative research with Dr. Robert Traver, ongoing.
  • Information Literacy
  • Experimental design using the First Order Second Moment Bayesian Method

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