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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Richard Vogel

Professor Emeritus

Richard Vogel

Professor Emeritus

Phone 617-627-4260
Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA

In September 2016, Professor Vogel converted from professor to professor emeritus and research professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering after 33 years on the faculty at Tufts University. He is the former director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in Water: Systems, Science and Society. Professor Vogel's research experience has covered a broad range of topics relating to: hydrology, water resource engineering, natural hazards and environmental statistics. Most of his current research involves the application of statistical approaches to the solution of applied problems in the fields of hydrology, water resources engineering and natural hazards.

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

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2016-present: Research Professor and Professor Emeritus
  • 1984-2016: Professor

Research Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research Participation Program, funded by Department of Energy - Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in association with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)


Director, Water Area, Tufts Institute of the Environment


Visiting Associate Professor, Division of Applied Environmental Science, Harvard University


Visiting Fellow, Department of Civil and Agricultural Engineering, University of Melbourne


Dufresne-Henry, Inc.

  • 1980-1981: Department Head, Hydrology
  • 1979-1980: Hydrologist
Research Interests: 

His primary interests relate to problems concerning the management of floods and droughts. Over his career, his research program has focused on the areas of hydrologic and environmental statistics, water allocation, regional hydrology, regional water assessment, climate change impacts, watershed modeling,  and watershed management.  He has also transferred innovations in the field of statistical hydrology relating to floods and droughts, to a number of other natural hazards including landslides, bird and plant extinctions, and earthquakes.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2020: Elected Distinguished Member of ASCE
  • 2020: Ven Te Chow Award from ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute
  • 2019: Best paper award from International Association of Statistical Hydrology
  • 2018: Friends of the Universities Council for Water Resources (UCOWR) Award
  • 2017: Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
  • 2017: Maass-White Fellow of the Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • 2011: John W. Oliver Leadership Award, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • 2009: Julian Hinds Award, ASCE
  • 1995: Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, ASCE
Professional Memberships: 
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Geophysical Union - (AGU) - Hydrology Section
International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
International Association of Statistical Hydrology