CEE seminar: Challenges in water resources in Texas

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Date: May 8, 2023
Time: 11 a.m. - noon
Location: College of Engineering, Aaron Friedman Memorial Room
5050 Anthony Wayne
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Seminar


Dr. Nick Fang, P.E, Robert S. Gooch Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington


Texas, as one of the fastest growing states has many challenges in water resources. Building standards, codes and practices of water infrastructure that were established without considering changing climate, are outdated, and not ready for the emerging challenges. Extensive research effort has been invested to enhance water infrastructure design criteria for better adaptation for the future of the state. Dr. Nick Z. Fang will provide an update on his research in addressing the challenges in stormwater management, urban hydrology, coastal resiliency, integrated transportation and stormwater infrastructure, etc.


Dr. Nick Z Fang is an associate professor and the Robert S. Gooch Endowed Faculty Fellow in Civil Engineering and leads the Fang Research Group at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University and is a founding researcher at the Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center. Dr. Fang currently leads the academic council of the Interagency Flood Risk Management (InFRM) team for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and National Weather Service (NWS) to cope with extreme events/natural disasters. He actively performs research in the areas of urban hydrology, radar hydrology, large scale hydrologic modeling, radar-based flood warning systems, water resources planning and management, and disaster (hurricanes, floods, and droughts) mitigation for USACE, NSF, NOAA, USDA, NASA, TxGLO, TWDB, TxDOT, TRA, NCTCOG, TRWD, HCFCD, etc. He has received external, active funding (> $10 million) as PI during the past nine years. His exciting interdisciplinary research experience has gained national and international recognition through improving the fundamental understanding of watershed resiliency by addressing two grand challenges of climate change and urbanization. 

May 2023