Berglund has experience working on interdisciplinary projects to create models that integrate behavioral factors and infrastructure management. Dr. Berglund is a faculty fellow in the NCSU Center for Geospatial Analytics and is a core team member of the University of Texas Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management. She has worked with on-campus centers, including the NCSU Science of Security Lablet and the NCSU Laboratory for Analytic Sciences. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Security Agency (NSA), and state water and transportation research institutes. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in water resources engineering, hydrology, and systems analysis for civil engineering. Find Dr. Berglund’s CV here.
Current Graduate Students
Mohammad A. Khaksar Fasaee is from Shiraz, Iran. He studied at Shiraz University, where he earned his B.S. in civil engineering and his M.S. in structural engineering. He is especially interested in mathematical modeling, optimization, decision making under uncertainty, and socio-economic models. His research is exploring an existing dataset describing lead levels in private wells and identifying the characteristics of private wells that contribute to high risks of lead.
Brent Vizanko completed his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 2017. He spent two years working for an environmental consultant in St. Paul, MN, working with state and federal clients to design, commission and operate groundwater remediation systems. After this stint in consulting, Brent went to work for the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota. At MnTAP, he helped businesses around the state of Minnesota reduce water consumption, energy use, and waste generation. Throughout his time at MnTAP he worked with 100+ companies to implement $500,000+ of yearly savings. He began his Ph.D. in the Fall of 2021 with specific interests in water conservation and water resource management.
Kingston E. Armstrong completed his B.S. in Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in the spring of 2021. While there, he studied contaminant transport mechanisms within natural groundwater profiles and critical superfund sites. He utilized deuterium/tritium dating, reactor and capture zone modeling, and colloidal interactions to practice diagnosing and hypothesizing solutions for disadvantaged communities throughout South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The overlap of sub-rural socioeconomic development and water quality dynamics drove him to initiate his graduate career. He began his M.S program in Civil Engineering in the Fall of 2021 at NCSU with a focus in water resources.
Ph.D. Students Graduated
· Morgan DiCarlo, Ph.D. 2022, North Carolina State University. Dissertation: Characterizing Behaviors in response to water-related hazards and effects on consequence mitigation
· Elizabeth Ramsey Bolton, Ph.D. 2022, North Carolina State University. Current Position: Research Scholar, Argonne National Laboratory. Dissertation: Resource Trading Markets: Applying Agent-Based Models to Test New Paradigms for Water Security
· Jorge Pesantez, Ph.D. 2021, North Carolina State University. Current position: Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Fresno State. Dissertation: Using Smart Meter Data to Improve the Management and Operation of Water Distribution Systems
· Jacob Monroe, Ph.D. 2020, North Carolina State University. Current position: Research Analyst, University of Victoria. Dissertation: Simulating Evolution of Low-voltage Electric Grids with Distributed Energy Technology Adoption: An Agent-based Modeling Approach
· Shams Al-Amin, Ph.D. 2018, North Carolina State University. Current position: Engineer, Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineers. Dissertation: Agent-based Modeling to Explore Emergent Socio-Hydrologic Responses of a Shared Groundwater System Under Mandatory Restriction Policies
· Venu Kandiah, Ph.D. 2015, North Carolina State University. Current position: Engineer, XP Solutions. Dissertation: Agent-based modeling for simulating the effects of demand reduction on urban water resources and infrastructure systems
· Michael (Ehsan) Shafiee, Ph.D. 2014, North Carolina State University. Current position: Engineer, Xylem. Dissertation: Modeling sociotechnical water distribution system contamination events to evaluate and identify mitigation strategies
· Marcio Giacomoni, Ph.D. 2012, Texas A&M University. Current position: Associate Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio. Dissertation: A complex adaptive systems approach for simulating urban water resources sustainability
· Lufthansa Kanta, Ph.D. 2009 (co-advised), Texas A&M University. Current position: Teaching Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University. Dissertation: Hazards mitigation design for water distribution systems
M.S. Students Graduated
· Faisal Alghamdi, M.S. 2021, North Carolina State University. Current Position: Ph.D. student, NCSU. Thesis: A Dynamic Pricing Framework for Water Demand Management Using Advanced Metering Infrastructure Data
· Michael Skarbek, M.S. 2019, North Carolina State University. Current Position: Red Hat. Thesis: Fisher Information Methods for Detecting Shifting Regimes in Water Supply Systems
· Elizabeth Ramsey, M.S. 2018, North Carolina State University. Current Position: Ph.D. student, NCSU. Thesis: Coupling Agent-Based Modeling and a Genetic Algorithm to Simulate Adoption of Dual-Flush Toilets Using Household Survey Data
· Jorge Pesantez, M.S. 2017 (co-advised), North Carolina State University. Current position: Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Thesis: A Multi-Step Simulation-Optimization Approach to Design District Metering Areas for Water Distribution Networks
· Laura Garcia-Cuerva, M.S. 2017, North Carolina State University. Thesis: Exploring Low Impact Development Strategies for Marginalized Communities in Urbanizing Watersheds
· Michelle Schmidt, M.S. 2015, North Carolina State University. Current position: Tetra Tech. Thesis: Simulating the Selection of Municipal Water Supply Portfolios to Assess Vulnerability in a Seniority-based Water Rights Program
· Alireza Mashhadi Ali, M.S. 2014, North Carolina State University. Current Position: American Tower. Thesis: An integrated framework for assessing the dynamics of population growth and climate change for urban water resources management
· Kristen Drake, M.S. 2011, Texas A&M University. Current position: Freese and Nichols. Thesis: Evolutionary computation approaches to address non-uniqueness in source identification of contamination in water distribution systems
· Tommi Jo Scott, M.S. 2011, Texas A&M University. Current position: LJA Engineering, Inc. Thesis: A Stormwater Footprint Game to increase stormwater sustainability awareness
· Chandana Damodaram, M.S. 2010, Texas A&M University. Thesis: Simulating and optimizing stormwater management strategies in an urban watershed
· Laurel Reichold, M.S. 2008 (co-advised), North Carolina State University. Current position: Army Corp of Engineers. Thesis: Simulation-optimization framework to support sustainable watershed development by mimicking the pre-development flow regime
Undergraduate Students, with Thesis
· Tori Ponthier, North Carolina State University, 2021. Thesis: Effects on Urban Water Consumption and Water Distribution Infrastructure During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
· Jacob Monroe, North Carolina State University, 2016. Thesis: Genetic Programming Approaches to Identify Log Reduction Models for UV Reactors
· Kate Mueller, North Carolina State University, 2016. Thesis: Modeling the Effects of Social Dynamics on Water Conservation Technology Adoption
· James East, North Carolina State University, 2015. Thesis: Agent-based modeling to simulate water use adaptations in the Upper Neuse River Basin
· Alyssa Politte, Texas A&M University, 2011. Thesis: Evaluating the effects of paver systems on urban development using a distributed hydrological model, Best Undergraduate Thesis Award, Texas A&M University, 2011
· Avery White, Texas A&M University, 2011. Thesis: Translation, Optimization, and Parallelization of Genetic Algorithms: A Discourse of Implementation into C++
· Ramiro Martinez, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholar, Texas A&M Univ., 2010. Thesis: Climate Change Impacts on Watershed Hydrology
· William Saour, Texas A&M University, 2009. Thesis: Feasibility Study of Rainwater Harvesting on Texas A&M University Campus