Katherine Schlef

Why does Massachusetts have drought restrictions? Ever wonder what happens in the atmosphere during an extreme flood? How might flood magnitude change under a changing climate? How do we manage our water resources? These are the types of questions I like to answer, using state-wide, national, or even global data sets, and employing a variety of statistical and process-based modeling techniques.

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M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.S., Harvey Mudd College

Courses Taught

(Water Related Courses) CEE 320 & 322 Environmental Engineering (& Lab), CEE 324 Groundwater Engineering, CEE 461 Water Resources Engineering, CEE 490 Engineering Resilience: Focus on Water Resources

(Core Engineering Courses) ENGR 105 Computer Programming for Engineers, CEE 361 Fluid Mechanics

(Honors and Others) HONE 390 Weather and Water, CEE 494 Analysis Methods and Applications

(Petroleum Courses: no longer offered) CEE 411 Petroleum Fluids and Reservoir Engineering, CEE 412 Petrophysics and Reservoir Geomechanics