Nathan is in the PhD program in Civil Engineering, with a focus on Hydrology, Water Resources and Environmental Fluid Mechanics. He is co-advised by Professors Edith Zagona and Joseph Kasprzyk. His research focuses on bottom-up decision-making frameworks for improved management of water supply in the Colorado River Basin. The research is funded by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, with support from the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowship program on revitalizing U.S. infrastructure.
Nathan completed his BS at West Virginia University in Civil and Environmental Engineering; his research there included development of rapid flood-forecasting algorithms, risk assessment of Atlantic hurricanes to agriculture, and time series analysis of remotely sensed climatic data. Currently, Nathan is hoping to integrate his PhD and undergraduate research experience into post-conflict water management research in the Orontes River Basin, Syria, which he proposed in his NSF Graduate Student Fellowship Program application.
Nathan enjoys hiking and cooking with his wife, running, spending time with his church family and playing Frisbee with his dog.