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
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
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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."
||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
||M. Gordon Wolman Seminar "Stochastic Watershed Models for Water Resources
Planning", Johns Hopkins University, November 8, 2016
||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 |
||Borland Lecture in Hydrology, Hydrology Days, Colorado State University,
March 25, 2013. "Hydromorphology: Rewriting Hydrology Textbooks for a
||Keynote Address, 8th Annual Water Resources Research Conference,
University of Massachusetts, April 7, 2011. "Water Resources Planning in a
||Julian Hinds Lecture, ASCE á" EWRE, Kansas City, Missouri, May 20, 2009. "Hydromorphology"
||Keynote Lecture, University of Colorado á"
Boulder, 2008 Hydrological Research Symposium, April 11-12,
2008. "A methodology for a national water census"
||Keynote Lecture, North Carolina State
University, March 14, 2008. "A methodology for a national water census"
|2016 - present
|2009 - 2012
||Director of Tufts Graduate Program in
Science and Society
|2009 - 2012
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
||Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant,
||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.
||Hydrologist, Dufresne-Henry Inc.,
Responsible for hydrologic and hydraulic analysis for floodplain
Selected Water Programs at Tufts University outside of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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