Prospective Students
I enjoy working with motivated independent students from a variety of disciplines. Students without a background in mathematics and fluid mechanics will be required to take additional coursework to develop this essential foundation. My students typically work closely with other students in the Land and Water Resources area and are expected to work cooperatively with other graduate students on field research.

Available degree programs include Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (MEng), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Outstanding undergraduate students with research experience may enter the PhD program without an MS (Direct PhD). Each studentís plan of study will be developed based on their career aspirations, although I encourage all of my students to develop a well rounded background in watershed management by taking courses in hydrology, nonpoint source pollution control, ecology, sediment transport, GIS, remote sensing, watershed modeling, and statistics. PhD students will be required to teach at least one credit hour (usually several weeks of an undergraduate course) and are generally expected to develop a research proposal for funding by an external agency.

Students may apply online at any time (, although applications are required by January 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. Additional details are available on the BSE web site ( Funding is available in the form of research and graduate assistantships. The availability of funding varies, depending on the number of research grants and students I have at any given time. University fellowships are also available for outstanding US students pursuing PhD degrees. Nominations for these fellowships are made by the BSE department, typically in January. Students with assistantships or university fellowships are expected to work an average of 10 hours each week for me and an additional 10 hours as assigned by the BSE department head. This unique arrangement provides the students with a variety of work experiences during their graduate program.

The Biological Systems Engineering Department at Virginia Tech is a small, close-knit community. Graduate students are viewed as colleagues by the faculty and actively participate in decision-making within the department. Blacksburg is a small college town located in the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia. The area is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors. Opportunities for hiking, road and mountain biking, kayaking, and rock climbing are minutes from campus.

If you are interested in joining my research group, please send me a copy of your resume and a description of your research interests.

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