Talks & Lectures
27 Feb 2019
Altorfer 501 and online via Blackboard Collaborate

The Art of Science: Engineering

Sustainability Seminar Series

Graham Bryant

Attendance is free but seating is limited to 30 people, so please RSVP to Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]

The spring Sustainability Seminar Series continues on February 27 with the talk "The Art of Science: Engineering" by Graham Bryant of Hydroworks.

We tend to think of engineering as the straightforward application of physics to real world problems. In university, especially graduate studies, problems are studied in great detail over time to derive appropriate solutions. This is not the case in the private sector, and many times the prescribed engineering solutions are based on years of traditional design methodology. This design methodology is based on simplistic and perhaps inappropriate criteria. This is especially true in emerging engineering fields such as environmental engineering and storm water quality design. Traditionally, simplistic and empirical criteria have been used since there was a lack of time and manpower required to analyze the amount of data needed to develop better criteria. With the advancement of personal computers, however, vast amounts of data can be analyzed quickly and computer simulations have illuminated issues with simplistic water management criteria. 

Some of these problems will be explored in the discussion.

The evolvement of state criteria with respect to water management will be examined, as well as the relevance of such criteria when scrutinized with a more holistic review. Future challenges will be discussed, such as monitoring to determine how we can assess the efficacy of design criteria in achieving water management goals and designing water management systems in the face of climate change.

Graham Bryant P.E. has more than 30 years of experience relating to stormwater design in North America. He has a master’s degree in water resources (civil) engineering and is a registered professional engineer. Graham started his career as an engineering consultant designing all aspects of water resources projects including flood control, subdivision and site stormwater management, watershed studies, stormwater quality studies and lake level regulation studies. Bryant is known throughout North America to federal, state and local regulatory agencies due to his widespread technical stormwater design presentations at conferences and meetings. Bryant left Rinker Materials in 2002 and formed Hydroworks, LLC in 2003, which is headquartered in New Jersey.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected] For those who are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be live webcast via Stevens WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate.

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