Hydraulics and Sedimentation Laboratory

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Researcher of the Month

Ben Abban is HSL Researcher of the Month!

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My current research at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) spans a range of topics including upland erosion processes, watershed dynamics and scaling laws, knickpoint development and migration, and local scour around bridge piers and abutments. My PhD dissertation entitled, "Capturing the role of the co-play of land use and rainfall on water and sediment flux dynamics across different spatiotemporal scales in intensively managed landscapes" examines how anthropogenic activities in the U.S. Midwest (and other similar landscapes) is affecting terrestrial and instream ecosystems and explores means of predicting and monitoring these effects.

Prior to joining UTK, I received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and the University of Cape Town, respectively. My research at HSL, under the supervision of my PhD advisor, Dr. Thanos Papanicolaou, involves computational modeling of river networks, terrestrial and instream experiments to examine water and sediment fluxes under different land uses, and the use of various sensor technologies such as Radio Frequency IDs for monitoring land surfaces changes and sediment fluxes. I am a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow, and have received several scholarships and awards including the NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium Scholarship, and the Unilever Best Engineering Student award at KNUST.

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