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Richard M. Vogel
Research Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Vogel is a research professor and professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering and has been at Tufts since 1984. His primary expertise is in the areas of hydrology and water resource engineering with emphasis on hydrologic and statistical methods for analyzing water resource systems. His current research program focuses upon the areas of natural hazards, watershed modeling and management, water quality, regional hydrology, environmental statistics and the new field of hydromorphology. Hydromorphology deals with improving our understanding of how hydrologic systems have evolved due to anthropogenic influences including climate change, water infrastructure and urbanization. His scholarship has applied innovations in extreme events from the field of hydrology to: earthquakes, bird and plant extinctions, precipitation, landslides, wind speeds, and numerous other natural phenomena. His consulting experiences range from: world water resources assessment, reservoir systems analysis for several major metropolitan areas and regions, flood and drought management, dam safety analyses, and a wide range of applications of statistics to hydrologic, water quality, natural hazards and other problems.
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2014 UCOWR-NIWR-CUAHSI Conference:
"Water Systems, Science, and Society Under Global Change"

1985 Ph.D. Water Resource Systems, Cornell University
1979 M.S. Environmental Science and Hydrology, University of Virginia
1977 B.S. Engineering Science and Systems, University Of Virginia

Recent Courses

  • CEE-112 Hydrology And Water Resource Engineering
  • CEE-202 Environmental Statistics
  • CEE-214 Environmental and Water Resource Systems Engineering

Selected Awards

2014 Water Resources Research Editor's Choice Award for the paper titled: "A risk-based approach to flood management decisions in a nonstationary world" by A. Rosner, R.M. Vogel and P.H. Kirshen.
2011 John W. Olver Leadership Award in recognition of "dedicated leadership and outstanding commitment to environmental research and protection of our natural resources", Water Resources Research Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.
2009 Julian Hinds Award, awarded by ASCE for his advancement of the practice and science of water resource planning and management by providing rigorous and needed statistical foundations for analysis of important problems and issues related to water quality, reservoir operations, low flows and extreme events.
2004 Outstanding Practice Oriented Paper, , awarded by ASCE for the paper "A Decision Support Model for Adaptive Water Supply Management", by Westphal, K., R.M. Vogel, S.C. Chapra, and P. Kirshen, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.
1995 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize", awarded by ASCE "for his innovative research that has provided new concepts and better methods for water resources planning and management, including reservoir reliability-performance evaluation and statistical methods addressing a wide range of hydrologic and water resources issues."
1989 Outstanding Research Oriented Paper, awarded by ASCE Division of Water Resources Planning and Management for the paper titled: "Reliability Indices for Water Supply Systems".

Selected Recent Keynote Lectures

2015 Breakthroughs in Water Security Research: The Global Institute for Water Security Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, November 18, 2015. "Breakthroughs in Water Resource Engineering"
[ Abstract | Video ]
2013 Borland Lecture in Hydrology, Hydrology Days, Colorado State University, March 25, 2013. "Hydromorphology: Rewriting Hydrology Textbooks for a Nonstationary World"
2011 Keynote Address, 8th Annual Water Resources Research Conference, University of Massachusetts, April 7, 2011. "Water Resources Planning in a Changing World"
2009 Julian Hinds Lecture, ASCE á" EWRE, Kansas City, Missouri, May 20, 2009. "Hydromorphology"
2008 Keynote Lecture, University of Colorado á" Boulder, 2008 Hydrological Research Symposium, April 11-12, 2008. "A methodology for a national water census"
2008 Keynote Lecture, North Carolina State University, March 14, 2008. "A methodology for a national water census"

Professional Employment

2016 - present Research Professor
2009 - 2012 Director of Tufts Graduate Program in Water: Systems, Science and Society
2009 - 2012 Director of Water Area, Tufts Institute of the Environment
1984 - 2016 Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
Sept. '94 - Jan. '95 Visiting Associate Professor, Division of Applied Environmental Science, Harvard University
Sept. '91 - Aug. '92 Visiting Fellow, Department of Civil and Agricultural Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia
1981-1984 Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Cornell University
1980-1981 Department Head, Hydrology, Dufresne-Henry Inc., No. Springfield, VT. Project responsibilities included hydropower feasibility analysis, reservoir safe yield studies, floodplain delineations, stormwater control structure design, soil erosion control plans, pond design, dam safety analysis, and ice jam research.
1979-1980 Hydrologist, Dufresne-Henry Inc., Responsible for hydrologic and hydraulic analysis for floodplain delineations.

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