Research

My research over the last 15 years has covered a rather wide range of topics. Two broad categories are (1) hydrology & hydraulics and (2) the interaction of topography, wind, and raptor flight. I am particularly interested in topography and its influence on natural phenomena, whether flow of rivers or flight of eagles. Much of my research is curiosity-driven, and I enjoy working with colleagues outside engineering. For example, recently Mike Butler (Biology) and I worked on the problem of windows and bird collisions on our campus, and Dru Germanoski (Geol) and I are co-leading a long-term project on the dynamics of Bushkill Creek before, during, and after dam removal. As part of this effort I am involved in a collaborative digital humanities project to document a century of change along nearby Bushkill Creek.

Select Hydrology & Hydraulics
Select Raptor Flight Modeling & Wind Energy
Select Lafayette Windows-Avian Collisions Page
Select Dynamics of Bushkill Creek in Response to Dam Removal

3rd Street at the foot of College Hill during the "pumpkin flood" of 1903.

3rd Street at the foot of College Hill during the “pumpkin flood” of 1903.

Youtube video of 3rd Street flooding after Diane, Aug 1955 (see 4:20 – 5:20)