Courses taught at Penn State

CE 461 Water Resources Engineering

Qualitative and quantitative description of the hydrologic cycle, flood and drought frequency analysis, climate and land use change impacts, risk analysis and uncertainty, water resource management at regional, national and global scale. This course studies hydrology from an engineering perspective, building students' analytical abilities of water resources problems using systematic approaches, describing practical ways of calculating rainfall, runoff, fluid flow, surface and subsurface water movement.

Text books:
Mays, Water Resources Engineering (Required)
Beven, K., Rainfall Runoff Modeling: The Primer (2012) (Optional)

Starting from Spring 2013, an extra credit option is offered as a bonus to those who are interested in learning more about hydrology and watershed hydrologic modeling. Together we will go through the process of applying an advanced off-the-shelf hydrologic model to a watershed of interest. Practical GIS skills will also be learned during the process. This option will be a very rewarding experience in terms of both enhancing competitiveness and preparing for further studies.


Mays Water Resources Engineering Beven


CE 555 Groundwater Hydrology

Introduction to groundwater resource analysis, model formulation, simulation, and design of water resource systems using symbolic and numerical methods. I intend for this course to assist you in developing a qualitative and quantitative understanding of using mathematical models to evaluate groundwater resources in complex hydrologic settings. I want you to gain theoretical foundation as well as practical hands-on experiences. You will learn Matlab skills, elements of finite difference methods and graphical/interactive groundwater modeling software.

Text books:
Freeze, R.A. and Cherry, J. A., Groundwater, Prentice Hall, Inc., 1979. (Required)
Marsily, Ghislain de., Quantitative hydrogeology: groundwater hydrology for engineers, 1986 (Optional)

Freeze de Marsily

CE 360 Fluid Mechanics

The course objective is to provide students with the fundamental physical and analytical principles of fluid mechanics through the understanding of the: conservation of mass, conservation of energy, and the conservation of momentum equations. The student will demonstrate the understanding of these fundamentals by solving problems dealing with: fluid properties, fluid statics, pressure on plane and curved surfaces, buoyancy and floatation, kinematics, systems, control volumes, conservation principles, ideal imcompressible flow, impulse-momentum, and flow of a real fluid.

Fluid mechanics is a prerequisite to all courses in hydrosystems and environmental engineering. It is typically offered fall and spring semesters and during summer session. A series of homework problems are assigned after each lecture and there are typically 3 examinations given during the semester and final examination during the final examination period.