Isabel Lopez

Isabel Lopez
M.S, Environmental Engineering, Graduate

Cohort Level: Cohort - V

Career Goal: Once I complete my Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, I want to employ all the skills and from the hands-on research and practical training, to then continue to harness these skills in a job. Objectively applying my research throughout a job that encompasses applied research and advancements in water resources projects that benefit the environment and society. I also do consider obtaining my doctoral degree to further specialize in water resources and environmental engineering but as of now, my plan remains to continue my journey into the workforce once I complete my master's degree.

Expected Graduation Date: December 31, 1969

Degree: M.S Environmental Engineering

Research Title: Alternatives to Reduce Nuisance Flooding

Research Synopsis: Localized flooding occurs when rainwater accumulates at low-lying areas (e.g. dips, sloped street surfaces, street intersections). It is common practice for residents to be advised if their home is in a flood zone, but in most cases, a home may be susceptible to damage caused by localized flooding and have prevention method or financial disposition to solve it. Practices such as xeriscaping and rainwater harvesting (e.g. passive, active) can reduce the volume of water that may quickly accumulate in short heavy rains—through onsite collection and for landscaping needs. This study's overarching goal is to determine how active rainwater harvesting practices minimize nuisance flooding and reduce stormwater infrastructure costs. An HEC-HMS generated hydrological model will represent study area homes and land cover properties obtained from aerial imaging. The further evaluation will consist of calculations of runoff and peak discharges for different storm scenarios and adoption levels. The model will be to create an ArcGIS map that will correlate with socio-economic factors, feasibility, and water percentage captured by RWH systems. An initial pilot study in a small urban neighborhood will serve as the baseline to create a plan to visualize other surrounding areas and other neighborhoods' feasibility of RWH techniques