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Richard M. Vogel
Professor Emeritus and Research Professor

In September 2017, 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 research involves the application of statistical and systems approaches to the solution of applied problems in the field of hydrology and water resources engineering. He has advanced the practice and science of hydrology and water resource planning and management by providing statistical foundations for solving problems relating to a range of problems relating to: reservoir operations, water supply, floods, droughts, water quality, watershed modeling , watershed management and environmental statistics. He has also extended and transferred basic innovations in the field of hydrology and water resource engineering to advance the state of practice for the frequency analysis of a range of related natural hazards including earthquakes, landslides, winds, as well as bird and plant extinctions. In 2017 he was awarded the Maass-White visiting fellowship from the Institute for Water Resources of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 2009, he was awarded the Julian Hinds award from the American Society of Civil Engineers for his advancement of the practice and science of water resources planning and management. He was the contributing editor for the ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management for over a decade. He was editor of the AGU Water Resource Monograph series and editor of the AGU National Report to the IUGG – Contributions in Hydrology – 1991-94.

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

Selected Awards

2017 Elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
2017 Maass-White Fellow of the Institute for Water Resources of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Recognizing the importance of scholarship in water resources management, the Maass-White fellowship is offered annually to a scholar whose works promote innovative, substantive reforms in water resources policy research or analysis.
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

2016 M. Gordon Wolman Seminar "Stochastic Watershed Models for Water Resources Planning", Johns Hopkins University, November 8, 2016
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.

Selected Water Programs at Tufts University outside of Civil and Environmental Engineering


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