Dr. Philip B. Bedient is the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. He teaches and performs research in surface water hydrology and flood prediction systems, and radar based flood alert. He has directed 60 research projects over the past 35 years, has written over 180 articles in journals and conference proceedings. He has worked on hydrologic problems including major floodplain studies, water quality assessments, and hydrologic modeling for a number of watersheds in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana. He has been actively involved in the area of hydrologic analysis for flood prediction and warning, and has developed a real-time flood alert system for the Texas Medical Center, based on the use of NEXRAD radar data. Dr. Bedient directs the SSPEED Center at Rice for Severe Storm Prediction, consisting of several universities in the Gulf Coast area, which has funding to address the impacts of Hurricane Ike in the Houston area. Both storm surge prediction, inland flooding, and long-term mitigation strategies are being studied with funding from the Houston Endowment. Dr. Bedient also is evaluating low impact development schemes with funding from the City of Houston. This instructional resource can be used in undergraduate and graduate courses in broad and in-depth levels.
Dr. Wayne C. Huber is Professor Emeritus of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis and Senior Consultant with Geosyntec Consultants, in Portland, Oregon. His doctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology dealt with thermal stratification in reservoirs, for which he received the Lorenz G. Straub Award from the University of Minnesota and the Hilgard Hydraulic Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Among his other honors is receipt of the Julian Hinds Award from ASCE in 2008. He is a member of several technical societies and has served several administrative functions within ASCE. He is the author of over 150 reports and technical papers, is a registered professional engineer, and has served as a consultant on numerous studies done by public agencies and private engineering firms. He has served on and as Chair of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council’s Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, 2004-08, as well as on three other NAS/NRC committees.
Beginning at the University of Florida and continuing at Oregon State University, Dr. Huber’s research has included studies of urban hydrology, stormwater management, nonpoint source runoff, river basin hydrology, lake eutrophication, rainfall statistics, and hydrologic and water quality modeling. He is one of the original authors of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) and has helped to maintain and improve the model since 1971. Research sponsors include the EPA, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Science Foundation, U.S. Air Force, Federal Highway Administration, State Departments of Transportation, and other federal, state and local agencies. His many publications include documents related to best management practices (BMPs), low impact development (LID), control trade-offs, and stormwater management methodologies. Dr. Huber is an internationally recognized authority on runoff quantity and quality processes in urban areas.
Dr. Baxter E. Vieux holds a Joseph A. Brand Professorship in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He teaches courses in hydrology, water quality management, environmental modeling, GIS Applications, surveying, and measurements. Externally sponsored research includes projects in hydrologic modeling and water resources analysis for NASA, EPA, NWS, NOAA, Army Corps of Engineers, NSF, and state/local agencies. His doctoral work at Michigan State University advanced the concept of physics-based hydrology using numerical methods and geographic information systems for understanding hydrologic watershed response.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. Professional experience includes ten years in Kansas and Michigan with the USDA NRCS (formerly SCS) where he attained Assistant State Engineer and Acting State Engineer in his highest position. As a principal and Chief Technology Officer of the company, Vieux & Associates, Inc., he is the technological innovator in water information technology for rainfall runoff monitoring software and services, including the first commercially available distributed hydrologic model, Vflo™, which is the subject of US Pat. No. 7,136,756 - Method for determining runoff - granted in 2006. Over 110 publications appear as book chapters, refereed journal articles, or papers in conference proceedings. He is the author of a research monograph: Distributed Hydrologic Modeling Using GIS published by Springer in 2004. He is a registered professional engineering in six states, and has consulted internationally on projects in France, Japan, Poland, Niger, Nicaragua, Taiwan, Paraguay, Korea, and Romania.