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Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection

Michel C. Boufadel, Ph.D., PE, P.Hydro.


Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

New Jersey Institute of Technology

nrdp mission statement
NRDP Mission Statement

Foster a sustainable future for all humankind by balancing societal needs with environmental stewardship in a transdisciplinary research and educational setting.

core personnel
Core Personnel
  • Michel Boufadel, PhD, PE.,
    • Fate and transport. Modeling large-scale systems. Env. Fluid Mech.
  • Michael Weinstein, PhD, Senior Scientist
    • Ecosystem assessment. Impact of contaminants on ecosystems.
  • Yves Personna, PhD., Senior Scientist
    • Geochemistry. Non-intrusive detection of organics in sediments.
  • FirasSaleh, PhD., Postdoc
    • Hydrogeology. River Hydrology. Hydraulics.
  • Jay Torlapati, PhD., Postdoc
    • Mixing processes. Particle dynamics.
  • Lin Zhao, Phd, Postdoc
    • Open water, Jets, plumes, and droplets
phd students
PhD Students
  • Amanda Guertein
  • Christopher D’Ambrose
  • Francisco Guzman
  • XiaolongGeng
  • Ali AbdollahiNasab
associated faculty
Associated Faculty
  • Lisa Axe, PhD, Environmental Engineering
    • Contaminants in sediments and aquifers. Water Quality.
  • Nancy Jackson, PhD. Environmental Science
    • Geomorphology and sediment transport
  • ZeyuanQiu, PhD. Environmental Science
    • Economic analysis and policy of environmental issues
  • Gareth Russel, PhD., Biology
    • Spatial ecology. Tracking and monitoring species.
  • Dan Bunker, PhD., Biology
    • Community biology. Ecosystem assessment.

Engineering: Civil, Chemical, Environmental, Mechanical, Electrical

Environmental Policy

Urban Planning

Environmental Health Public health

NRDP Center


Landscape Design

Social Science

Environmental Law

Business and Management

Basic Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Physics

Fundamental Research

Community related research

massive computation
Massive computation
  • Watershed Hydrology: HEC-HMS, SWMM, WMS, ArcGIS
  • River Hydraulics: HEC-RAS, HEC-GEORAS, MIKE 21
  • River water quality: HEC-RAS, MIKE 21
  • Distribution System Hydraulics and water quality: H2OMAP
  • Groundwater Flow: MARUN, MODFLOW, SUTRA
  • Computational Fluids: FLUENT, URBAWIND

Floodplain Delineation for FEMA

Floodplain Delineation for FEMA


The DWH Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

(US Coast Guard)

Pore water sampling

DO measurement

Transects at study site


Evidence of oil pollution in the beach


The oil was brought to the supratidal zone of beaches by waves action during storm events.



Impact of Hurricane Sandy on the NJ Shorelines

  • (National Science Foundation)
  • Monitoring beach profile and sediment transport.
  • Monitoring concentration of chemicals (metals, nutrients).
  • Modeling the movement of chemicals in the subsurface. Accounting for surface water/groundwater interaction.
  • Evaluating the impact on fish.




Impact of Hurricane Sandy on the NJ Shorelines

  • (National Science Foundation)




Environmental Constraint Analysis for

  • Storm Surge Designs
  • (NJ Department of Environmental Protection)
  • Ecosystem Based Management.
  • Green Engineering.



strategic partnership with langan engineering
Strategic Partnership with Langan Engineering
  • Technical exchange for efficient tackling of environmental problems.
  • Collaborations on projects funded by the State of New Jersey and/or the Federal Government
  • Workforce Development in New Jersey.
  • A multidisciplinary team with a track record.
  • Proven record of large-scale field studies and numerical modeling.
  • Capabilities in providing turn-key solutions.

1:00-1:10 pm

Michel Boufadel, NRDP CenterDirector, NJIT

Introductory Remarks

1:10 pm-1:15 pm,

Joel Bloom,President, The New Jersey InstituteofTechnology

Welcoming Remarks

1:15 pm-1:25 pm,

Donald H. Sebastian, SeniorVicePresidentfor Research and Development The New Jersey InstituteofTechnology


1:30-1:45 pm, HonorableRob de Vos

The Netherlands Consul General, New York

Introduced by UrsGauchat, Dean ofArchitecture


Gary Buchanan, PhD, Director, Office of Science

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection


Steve Doughty, Office of the Deputy Commissioner

The New Jersey DepartmentofEnvironmental Protection


Mitchell Erickson

Department of Homeland Security

Science and Technologyin Disasters

  • 2:20-2:55pm
  • Open Discussion, Q&A
  • 2:55-3:00 pm, Closing Remarks, MichelBoufadel