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Omar Abdul-Aziz

Professor - Wadsworth Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Abdul-Aziz conducts highly interdisciplinary research in ecological, environmental and water resources engineering ― incorporating topics related to the coupled human-natural systems and sustainability from at-site to global scales. Current research includes mechanistic data analytics, scaling and robust, and user-friendly modeling to predict (I) greenhouse gas fluxes (e.g., CO2, CH4, and N2O) and carbon storage in coastal/terrestrial ecosystems and natural gas fields; (II) stream water quality and ecosystem health; and (III) large-scale urban/coastal flooding under various regimes of extreme rainfall, sea level and land uses. His research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Energy (DOE) and the state of Florida. He received NSF CAREER AWARD in 2015 to investigate similitude and scaling laws, organizing principles and robust predictions of stream water quality and ecosystem health. He also received TOP SCHOLAR AWARD in 2015 from the Florida International University, Miami, FL. He serves as the Chair of ASCE EWRI’s Wetland Hydrology Technical Committee. He also serves as a member on the ASCE EWRI’s Surface Water Hydrology Technical Committee, as well as on the AGU’s Water Quality Technical Committee. He is an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering and for the Sustainability journal.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2008 

M.S., University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, 2004 

B.S., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, 2002