Announcing the 2022 Fellows of the National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute

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Posted: August 9, 2022

Announcing the 2022 Fellows of the National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute

CUAHSI is pleased to announce that they have awarded 22 fellows for the National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute (SI). SI was canceled in 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic, so it is with great excitement that they were able to award so many qualified applicants and to be able to re-launch this program, safely, and in-person. The 2022 program fellows will once again make their way to the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa Alabama for a 7-week experiential learning program.


The awardees, M.S. and PhD students from a wide range of U.S. universities, will work together to advance the mission of the National Water Center and will conduct research in themes relating to:

  • Coupling Inland and Coastal Hydraulics, supporting the goal of summit to sea water prediction
  • The NWC’s Next Generation Hydrologic Model Framework development and evaluation
  • Hydroinformatics, including machine learning, for water prediction and analysis


2022 Summer Institute Course Coordinators:

  • Arash Modaresi Rad, Boise State University
  • Emily Deardorff, San Diego State University

2022 Summer Institute Fellows:

  • Abigail (Abbie) Sandquist, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Alexander (Hart) Henrichsen, Brigham Young University
  • Ankit Ghanghas, Purdue University
  • Fitsume Teshome Wolkeba, University of Alabama
  • Francisco Haces Garcia, University of Houston
  • Hongyuan Zhang, Coastal Carolina University
  • Kenneth Ekpetere, University of Kansas
  • Krutikkumar (Krutik) Patel, Texas A&M University - Kingsville
  • Laura Manuel, Tulane University
  • Lauren Bolotin, San Diego State University
  • Mark Wang, University of Texas at Austin
  • Md Abdullah Al Mehedi, Villanova University
  • Mochi Liao, Duke University
  • Mohamed Abdelkader, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Motasem Abualqumboz, Utah State University
  • Qiyue (Sophie) Liu, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Ebrahim Hamidi, University of Alabama
  • Seyed Mohammad Hassan Erfani, University of South Carolina
  • Shah Saki, University of Connecticut
  • Shuyu Chang, Pennsylvania State University
  • Zachariah (Zach) Butler, Oregon State University
  • Zahra Ghahremani, Boise State University