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Dr. Emily Berglund is an Associate Professor in the NCSU Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. She graduated from NCSU, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2005.  She was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University for four years.  Dr. Berglund is a faculty fellow in the NCSU Center for Geospatial Analytics and is a core team member of the University of Texas Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management.  She currently works with the NCSU Science of Security Lablet and has worked with the NCSU Laboratory for Analytic SciencesBerglund is an expert in the development of agent-based models of sociotechnical systems to simulate feedback mechanisms and adaptive behaviors among consumers, infrastructure, and environmental systems.  Her research also explores optimization models and algorithms to manage the sustainability, security, and resilience of complex infrastructure systems.

Dr. Berglund received Best Research-Oriented Paper Awards in 2010 and 2011 for publications in the American Society of Civil Engineering Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. She has experience working on interdisciplinary projects to create models that integrate behavioral factors and infrastructure management.  She has been a PI or co-PI on four NSF grants, including “An Agent-based Modeling Framework for Response Planning to Contamination Events for Water Utilities” (2009–2012), which explores vulnerabilities introduced to water infrastructure through actions of users and policy-makers.  Berglund has also received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Security Agency (NSA), and state water and transportation research institutes. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in water resources engineering, hydrology, and systems analysis for civil engineering.

Graduate Students

Elizabeth Ramsey finished her M.S. at NCSU in Fall 2017 and began her PhD in Spring 2018. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2008 with a B.A. in Peace, War,and Defense and worked as an analyst for the Department of Defense for five years before coming to NC State. Her M.S. research applied agent-based modeling to analyze the dynamics between water infrastructure and consumers in Jaipur, India.

Jacob Monroe Senior Award 2016-3

Jacob Monroe obtained his BS in Environmental Engineering from NC State University in the spring of 2016. He worked for Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities Department as an engineering intern from 2012-2013 and worked as an undergraduate research assistant for the NCSU Department of Civil Engineering from 2014-2016. He came back to NC State University in Fall 2016 to join STSA and pursue a PhD in Civil Engineering. His research involves the use of agent-based modeling to examine the dynamics between distributed energy technology adoption and energy infrastructure in the southwestern United States.


Jorge Pesantez hails from Ecuador. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador, in 2010.  He earned his Master in Construction Management from the Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas-ESPE, Ecuador, in 2014.  He completed his Master of Science in Civil Engineering in Spring 2017 and began his PhD program in Fall 2018.  Before coming to NCSU, he worked for the Development Bank of Ecuador as a Project Enginer, performing the evaluation of projects related to the design and construction of water distribution and sewerage systems in the southern part of Ecuador. His current research interests are water management for smart cities.

Ph.D. Students Graduated

·      Shams Al-Amin, Ph.D. 2018, North Carolina State University.  Current position: Engineer, Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineers 

Dissertation: Agent-based Modeling to Explore Emergent Socio-Hydrologic Responses of a Shared Groundwater System Under Mandatory Restriction Policies

·       Venu Kandiah, Ph.D. 2015, North Carolina State University.  Current position: Engineer, XP Solutions

Dissertation: Agent-based modeling for simulating the effects of demand reduction on urban water resources and infrastructure systems

·       Michael Shafiee, Ph.D. 2013, North Carolina State University.  Current position: Engineer, Sensus USA, Inc.

Dissertation: Modeling sociotechnical water distribution system contamination events to evaluate and identify mitigation strategies

·       Marcio Giacomoni, Ph.D. 2012, Texas A&M University. Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio.

Dissertation: A complex adaptive systems approach for simulating urban water resources sustainability

·       Lufthansa Kanta, Ph.D. 2009 (co-advised), Texas A&M University. Current position: Teaching Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

Dissertation: Hazards mitigation design for water distribution systems

M.S. Students Graduated

·     Elizabeth Ramsey, M.S. 2018, North Carolina State University. Current Position: Ph.D. student, NCSU

Thesis: Coupling Agent-Based Modeling and a Genetic Algorithm to Simulate Adoption of Dual-Flush Toilets Using Household Survey Data

·      Jorge Pesantez, M.S. 2017 (co-advised), North Carolina State University. Current position: Ph.D. student, NCSU

Thesis: A Multi-Step Simulation-Optimization Approach to Design District Metering Areas for Water Distribution Networks

·      Laura Garcia-Cuerva, M.S. 2017, North Carolina State University. 

Thesis: Exploring Low Impact Development Strategies for Marginalized Communities in Urbanizing Watersheds

·       Michelle Schmidt, M.S. 2015, North Carolina State University. Current position: Tetra Tech

Thesis: Simulating the Selection of Municipal Water Supply Portfolios to Assess Vulnerability in a Seniority-based Water Rights Program

·       Alireza Mashhadi Ali, M.S. 2014, North Carolina State University. Current Position: American Tower

Thesis: An integrated framework for assessing the dynamics of population growth and climate change for urban water resources management

·       Kristen Drake, M.S. 2011, Texas A&M University. Current position: Freese and Nichols

Thesis: Evolutionary computation approaches to address non-uniqueness in source identification of contamination in water distribution systems

·       Tommi Jo Scott, M.S. 2011, Texas A&M University. Current position: LJA Engineering, Inc.

Thesis: A Stormwater Footprint Game to increase stormwater sustainability awareness

·       Chandana Damodaram, M.S. 2010, Texas A&M University. 

Thesis: Simulating and optimizing stormwater management strategies in an urban watershed

·       Laurel Reichold, M.S. 2008 (co-advised), North Carolina State University. Current position: Army Corp of Engineers

Thesis: Simulation-optimization framework to support sustainable watershed development by mimicking the pre-development flow regime

Undergraduate Students, Graduated with thesis

·       Jacob Monroe, North Carolina State University, 2016

Thesis: Genetic Programming Approaches to Identify Log Reduction Models for UV Reactors

·       Kate Mueller, North Carolina State University, 2016

Thesis: Modeling the Effects of Social Dynamics on Water Conservation Technology Adoption

·       James East, North Carolina State University, 2015

Thesis: Agent-based modeling to simulate water use adaptations in the Upper Neuse River Basin

·       Alyssa Politte, Texas A&M University, 2011

Thesis: Evaluating the effects of paver systems on urban development using a distributed hydrological model, Best Undergraduate Thesis Award, Texas A&M University, 2011

·       Avery White, Texas A&M University, 2011

Thesis: Translation, Optimization, and Parallelization of Genetic Algorithms: A Discourse of Implementation into C++

·       Ramiro Martinez, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholar, Texas A&M Univ., 2010

Thesis: Climate Change Impacts on Watershed Hydrology

·       William Saour, Texas A&M University, 2009

Thesis: Feasibility Study of Rainwater Harvesting on Texas A&M University Campus

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