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James Smith

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
Position: PEI Faculty/Associated Faculty
Title(s): Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Director, Program in Geological Engineering.
  • Environmental - Engineering
  • Environmental - Monitoring
  • Water
Office: E413 Engineering Quad E-Wing
Phone: 609-258-4615
James Smith

Research Interests

Hydrology; hydraulics and hydrometeorology of extreme floods; development of technologies for measuring rainfall from weather radar; stochastic modeling of the space-time structure of rainfall and microphysical studies of extreme rainfall from organized systems of thunderstorms; heterogeneity of hydrologic response in urbanizing watersheds; stability of the channel-floodplain system in urban drainage networks and the hydraulics of extreme floods in urban rivers.

PEI Research/Program Affiliations

  • Grand Challenges Faculty
  • Investigator, Cooperative Institute for Climate Science


  • CEE 472: Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing
  • CEE 599B: Special Topics in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources: Aerosols Observations and Modeling Challenges