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

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. In 2016, she was promoted to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering.

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



Dr. Wadzuk

Bridget Wadzuk, Ph.D. VUSP Lead

Dr. Bridget Wadzuk is a 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 the 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).


Virginia Smith, Ph.D. VUSP Alt Lead

Dr. Virginia Smith is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineer at Villanova University. Her research focuses on the effects of urbanization on sediment around coastal cities; specifically looking at sediment transport through reservoirs and urban settings. Dr. Smith studies hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and sediment transport. Prior to joining Villanova University, Dr. Smith worked in international development in Samoa, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific and Afghanistan. Dr. Smith’s current research focuses on how stormwater infrastructure, rivers, reservoirs impact sediment flux to floodplains and the coast. Dr. Smith teaches courses related to fluid mechanics, hydrology and hydraulic engineering.

photo of Kristin Sample-Lord

Kristin Sample-Lord, Ph.D. 

Dr. Kristin Sample-Lord is an expert in geotechnical applications and the evaluation of geoenvironmental systems, her graduate work included performing experimental research to evaluate the geotechnical behavior of sites that had undergone subsurface remediation. She also studied clay behavior for both the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. Dr. Sample-Lord’s industry experience includes providing geotechnical design for international mining and landfill projects. In academia she has taught undergraduate courses in Soil Mechanics and Mechanics of Solids.  At Villanova, Dr. Sample-Lord teaches a graduate course as part of the department’s updated geotechnical engineering program. In addition, she is leading the effort to enhance testing capabilities in the College’s Soils Laboratory to continue to develop the research being conducted in this increasingly popular program.


Ali Ebrahimian, Ph.D.

Dr. Ali Ebrahimian is currently a Research Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP).  He joined VUSP after receiving his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2015. Before starting his PhD studies, he had more than twelve years of professional experience as a consulting engineer in modeling and design of stormwater systems, and planning and management of urban water, energy, and transportation infrastructure systems. Ebrahimian’s research integrates perspectives from urban hydrology, geographic information systems, and decision science with natural-engineered stormwater systems to address challenges in sustainable-resilient urban infrastructure. 


Faculty profile

Min-cheng "Peter" Tu, Ph.D.

Dr. Min-cheng Tu (Peter) is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP). He earned his Ph.D. from the program of Water Resources and Hydrologic Science in Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. His research interests include hydrologic modeling, remote sensing of water resources, and geographic information system (GIS). 


photo of Amanda

Amanda Garzio-Hadzick is the Water Resources Lab Director for the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership. She oversees research laboratory operations for stormwater sampling and conducts nutrient and metals testing. Amanda earned her B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from University in Maryland and earned her M.S. from University of Michigan in Natural Resources and Environment where she studied soil ecology. Prior to joining Villanova University, Amanda conducted research on a wide variety of topics including the fate and transport of E.coli in soil, carbon sequestration in marshes, water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, and the abundance and function of denitrifying microbes in soil.