Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., P.E., WRE
Director, Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP)
Director, Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering (VCASE)
Area of Expertise:
- Stormwater Management and Policy
- Flood Control
- Water Resources
- Urban Watersheds
Dr. Traver is a nationally recognized expert on stormwater management. A 20-year member of Villanova's Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Program, Traver founded the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP), which joins with government and industry to advance the field of comprehensive stormwater management through research on innovative best practices, directed studies, technology transfer and education. In taking the lead with the VUSP, Traver has transformed the Villanova campus into a living laboratory with on-site experimental projects such as a green roof, rain garden, stormwater wetland, pervious concrete and porous asphalt. He played a significant role in the Corps of Engineers' investigation of the failure of the New Orleans Hurricane Protection System during Hurricane Katrina as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers External Panel (ERP).
- Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
- M.C.E., Villanova University
- B.S.C.E., Virginia Military Institute
- NRC (2008) "Urban Stormwater Management in the United States," Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
- Emerson, C., Traver, R., (2008) "Multiyear and Seasonal Variation of Infiltration from Storm-Water Best Management Practices," ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage, (Sept./Oct.issue).
- Traver, R., et al. (2007), "The New Orleans Hurricane Protection System: What Went Wrong and Why - A Report by the American Society of Civil Engineers Hurricane Katrina External Review Panel," published by American Society of Civil Engineers.
- Braga, A., Horst, M., Traver, R., "Temperature Effects on the Infiltration Rate Through an Infiltration Basin BMP," Journal of Irrigation and Drainage, ASCE, (Nov./Dec. issue).
- Kwiatkowki, M., Welker, A., Traver, R., Vanacore, M., Ladd, T., (2007) "Evaluation of an Infiltration Best Management Practice (BMP) Utilizing Pervious Concrete," AWRA (Oct. issue).
- Welker, A., Gore, M., Traver, R., "Evalution of The Long Term Impacts of an Infiltation BMP," ICHE, The 7th I. Conf. on Hydroscience and Engineering (ICHE-2006).
Selected Professional Experience
- Desert Storm Veteran
- Retired LTC of the US Army Reserves
- Has taught courses and conducted research in hydrology, hydraulics, urban storm water management, and all facets of water resources at Villanova University since 1988
- Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (ongoing)
- American Society of Civil Engineers External Review Panel of the New Orleans Hurricane Protection System Oversight of Corps of Engineers Hurricane Katrina Investigation (ongoing)
- National Research Council Committee Member, Urban Stormwater Management in the United States, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency
- Nonpoint Source National Monitoring Program (Stormwater Best Management Practices Research and Demonstration Park); Funded primarily by the EPA, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and Corporate Donors.
- Chair, Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Symposium (1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007)
- Oversight Committee for Pennsylvanias 2006 Stormwater BMP manual