University of Massachusetts

Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Spring 2001 Seminar Series


Andrew J. Guswa, Ph.D

Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engr.

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08544


Seminar Date: March 9, 2001

Drew Guswa is a civil and environmental engineer with a particular focus on environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology. His research involves modeling the movement of water through the natural environment, with particular attention to flow beneath the ground surface.

In 1994, Guswa graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. from the Department of Civil Engineering and Operations Research, and he received an award from the School of Engineering for his undergraduate thesis on modeling multiphase fluid flow. In 1995, Guswa received his M.S.C.E. from Stanford University, and stayed to pursue a Ph.D in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. As a doctoral candidate, Guswa taught courses in hydrology and water resources and mentored new teaching assistants. His research focused on the efficient prediction of the movement of substances dissolved in groundwater in environments with varying geologic characteristics.

Upon completion of his Ph.D., Guswa returned to Princeton University in the autumn of 2000 as a post-doctoral teaching fellow. He developed a laboratory component for an introductory environmental studies course that led to a tripling of enrollment. The class integrated scientific concepts with issues of policy and decision-making. His current research looks at the interactions between the time-varying nature of rainfall, the infiltration of water into the soil, and its subsequent uptake by plants. He is also involved in a project investigating the feasibility of injecting carbon dioxide into underground aquifers and oil reservoirs as a way of reducing the emissions of that greenhouse gas.

Guswa is looking forward to being part of the new Pickering Engineering Program at Smith College in the fall of 2001 and is committed to providing research opportunities to undergraduates. Given today's rapidly changing society, he believes a successful graduate will have a deep understanding of engineering fundamentals along with the skills necessary to evaluate, assimilate, reapply, and communicate new concepts and information.

Guswa, originally from Massachusetts, is happy to be returning to New England. He and his wife, Sue, who is also an engineer, are avid sports fans and enjoy biking, hiking and cross-country skiing.

text and photo adapted from Smith Engineering website

Selected Links:

Dr. Guswa's Page at Stanford

Previous Research:

Efficient Modeling of Contaminant Transport

Low Permeability Inclusions andMass Transfer Models

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