Job title: Graduate Scientist, Water.
Professional background: MSc in Hydrology and Water Quality, BSc in Landscape Architecture, Graduate Member of CIWEM.
When did you join HR Wallingford? In January 2013, having previously worked for an independent consultancy as a flood risk and drainage engineer.
How do you apply your knowledge? I use theories and principles from catchment hydrology and fluid mechanics, and apply them in water resource modelling, flood forecasting, river modelling and drainage modelling. I work on a wide array of projects for which I use specialist software and develop bespoke tools.
I worked on projects in the UK and internationally. I’m currently involved in TRUST, an EU-funded research project which is looking at ways communities can achieve a sustainable, low-carbon water future without compromising service quality. I have applied genetic optimisation to help drainage engineers assess potential improvements to stormwater systems in the Hoffselva catchment in Oslo, Norway.
As well as my drainage-related work, I also get involved in water resources modelling. We are currently developing a water security indicator for Africa, and I will also be developing a flood forecasting system in the Muar river in India. I’m excited to be contributing to work on sustainability, droughts and floods. These projects will make a real difference to people and the environment.
What do you enjoy about your work? I enjoy the variety of technical challenges every new project brings, and the unique combination of research and consultancy that HR Wallingford provides. This ensures that I keep my feet firmly in reality, whilst getting the opportunity to develop and explore exciting innovations and technologies in the hydrology sector.
I keep my feet firmly in reality, whilst getting the opportunity to develop and explore exciting innovations and technologies in the hydrology sector