Faculty

Dr. Robert Traver

Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., P.E., D. WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE

Dr. Traver is the Edward A. Daylor Chair and Professor of Civil Engineering.  He is also the Director of the Center for Resilient Water Systems. His current research is to advance the performance of green stormwater infrastructure through understanding the engineering unit processes, and subscribes to the Teacher - Scholar model bringing his research to his students. Dr. Traver initiated teh Stormwater Control Measure Demonstration Park on the Villanova Campus. Dr Traver served on ASCE’s External Review Panel (ERP) of the Corps investigation of Hurricane Katrina, and was a member of the National Academies Committee entitled Reducing Stormwater Discharge Contributions to Water Pollution.   Dr Traver received his BSCE degree from the Virginia Military Institute, his MCE from Villanova, and his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.  He continues to serve the profession as an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Sustainable Water in the Build Environment, and as steering committee member of WEF’s Stormwater Institute.

Andrea L. Welker, PhD, PE Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering  Geotechnical aspects of stormwater control measures Use of recycled materials in infrastructure

Andrea L. Welker, PhD, PE

Dr. Welker is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Engineering and a Professor of Civil and Environmental Enginnering.  Her research surrounds Geotechnical aspects of stormwater control measures and the use of recycled materials in infrastructure.

Dr. Bridget Wadzuk, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bridget Wadzuk, PhD, PE

Dr. Wadzuk is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University whose teaching and research focus is in the area of Water Resources Engineering, specifically in Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Dr. Wadzuk is also involved in engineering service learning projects.

Dr. Komlos is an assistant Professor who's research Fate and transport of contaminants in natural and engineered systems. Current research interests include subsurface metals and nutrient retention mechanisms as they pertain to pollutant removal from stormwater control measures (SCMs).

John Komlos, PhD

Dr. Komlos is an Assistant Professor who's research focuses on the fate and transport of contaminants in natural and engineered systems. Current research interests include subsurface metals and nutrient retention mechanisms as they pertain to pollutant removal from stormwater control measures (SCMs).

Dr. Virginia Smith an assistant professor and a civil engineer interested primarily in water resources. Dr. Smith's research focusing on river dynamics. She is particularly interested in how rivers, reservoirs and floodplains change through time.

Virginia Smith, PhD


Dr. Virginia Smith an Assistant Professor and a civil engineer interested primarily in water resources. Dr. Smith's research focusing on river dynamics. She is particularly interested in how rivers, reservoirs and floodplains change through time.

Dr. Sample-Lord is an Assistant Professor whose research focuses on geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, including: Design and evaluation of barrier systems for protection of human health and the environment, Novel materials for engineered barriers. • Flow and transport through unsaturated soils, and Innovative methods for laboratory testing of clays and clay mixtures.

Kristin Sample-Lord, PhD, PE

Dr. Sample-Lord is an Assistant Professor whose research focuses on geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, including: Design and evaluation of barrier systems for protection of human health and the environment, Novel materials for engineered barriers. • Flow and transport through unsaturated soils, and Innovative methods for laboratory testing of clays and clay mixtures.

Dr. Ali Ebrahimian, Research Professor

Ali Ebrahimian, PhD

Dr. Ali Ebrahimian is a Research Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 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.

Dr. Min-cheng Tu, Research Professor

Min-cheng Tu, PhD

Dr. Min-cheng Tu (Peter) is a postdoctoral research fellow at Villanova. Peter (Min-Cheng Tu) is an established hydrological modeler and he is highly proficient with models such as HAZUS-MH, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, HydroCAD, and EPA SWMM. He is also an experienced programmer, specializing in C, FORTRAN, IDL, VBA, and Python, having successfully applied them on multiple projects.

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Water Lab Director Amanda Garzio-Hadzick

Amanda Garzio-Hadzick

Amanda is the Water Resources Lab Director. 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.