Faculty & Staff

Dr. Reed Maxwell, Director

Professor, Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering, Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program, Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Reed Maxwell is the Rowlinson Professor of Hydrology in the Geology and Geological Engineering Department and the Director of the Integrated GroundWater Modeling Center (IGWMC) at the Colorado School of Mines. His research interests are focused on hydrology, particularly scientific questions relating to understanding connections within the hydrologic cycle and how they relate to water quantity and quality under anthropogenic stresses. He has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and teaches classes on integrated hydrology, fluid mechanics and modeling terrestrial water flow. He currently leads a research group of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff housed in the IGWMC at CSM. He has graduated 12 PhD students and 18 MS thesis students since coming to Mines in 2009. Before joining the faculty at the School of Mines, Dr. Maxwell was a postdoc and then staff in the Hydrologic Sciences group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and he holds a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Water Resources from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Dr. Lisa Gallagher, Assistant Director, Education and Outreach Specialist

Research Associate, Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Lisa Gallagher has been with the center since 2015, primarily focusing on the education and outreach mission of the center. Since 2015, outreach initiatives developed and implemented by the IGWMC have impacted more than 7,500 K-12 students in the Colorado Front Range region. Lisa has since taken over as assistant director of the center, managing operations in support of the IGWMC’s mission. Lisa’s research interests focus on the advancement of STEM in the K-12 education system by fostering partnerships between scientists and K-12 educators to improve content and application of STEM in the classroom. Before joining the IGWMC staff, Lisa was a teaching fellow and research associate with the Trefny Institute for Educational Innovation at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). She holds a PhD degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at CSM.

Dr. Mary Hill, Strategy Advisor

Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Geology, University of Kansas

Mary Hill is a current recipient of the International Hydrology Prize Dooge Medal from the IAHS, the USGS Meritorious Service Award, the ASCE Walter Huber Research Prize, and the NGWA M. King Hubbert Award. Dr. Hill most recently served at the U.S. Geological Survey as the chief of Modeling and Uncertainty of Complex Groundwater Systems in the national research program in Boulder Colorado. She authored MODFLOWP, the popular PCG2 solver for MODFLOW, and articles on solvers, nonlinear regression, confidence intervals, and calibration methodology. She co-authored the UCODE, MODFLOW-2000, and UCODE_2005 inverse modeling codes, the OPR-PPR code for evaluation the importance of data to predictions, the MMA code for evaluating structural model uncertainty, and the Hill and Tiedeman (2007) text book published by Wiley. She is also a co-author on MOFLOW-LGR and MODPATH-LGR, for simulating groundwater flow and transport through locally refined grids.

Dr. Chunmiao Zheng, China Liaison

Chair Professor of Hydrologic Science and Vice Provost for Globalization at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China

Chumiao Zheng’s research interests include groundwater contaminant transport and remediation, basin-scale eco-hydrologic processes, and water resources management. Prior to his current appointment, he was Founding Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at SUSTech. Before he joined SUSTech in 2015, Zheng was Chair Professor and Director of the Institute of Water Sciences at Peking University, and the George Lindahl III Endowed Professor at the University of Alabama. He is the developer of the MT3D/MT3DMS series of contaminant transport models used in over 100 countries, and the author or co-author of over 280 papers and 5 books. Among the numerous honors, he was awarded the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lectureship and the O.E. Meinzer Award by the Geological Society of America, as well as the John Hem Award and the M. King Hubbert Award by the National Groundwater Association. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Faculty affiliates

Dr. Kamini Singha

Professor, Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program

Ben Fryrear Endowed Chair for Innovation and Excellence

Associate Department Head, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Alexis Navarre-Sitchler

Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

Associate Director, Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program

Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Jonathan (Josh) Sharp

Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Program Director, Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program

Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Dave Benson

Professor, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

Professor, Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program

Colorado School of Mines

Dr. John McCray

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor, Hydrologic Science and Engineering

Deputy Director, WE2ST

Colorado School of Mines