Dr. Fang's Research


"There are a lot of gray areas, and that's where we need to focus.  People need to realize there isn't always a right and wrong answer, but we need to think about it, because there are some answers that are more right than others."  --- Patrick Brezonik (U of MN).


Funded Research Projects

  • “Evaluation of high-rate settling technology for sediment control in roadway construction sites". Alabama Department of Transportation, 5/2/2014 to 6/1/2016 (Co-PI, Dr. Vasconcelos is PI)
  • "Studying on-site infiltration-detention principles and methods to reduce inundation on urban roadway system" National Natural Science Foundation of China through the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 1/1/2015-12/31/2018 (Co-PI)
  • "Evaluation of inlet protection practices using large-scale testing techniques". Alabama Department of Transportation, 5/1/2013 to 4/31/2015 (Co-PI, Dr. Zech is PI)
  • “Testing and improving design configurations of sediment basins". Auburn Highway Research Center (HRC), 1/1/2013 to 8/31/2014 (PI)
  • "Evaluation of ALDOT ditch check practices using large-scale testing techniques". Alabama Department of Transportation, 5/1/2012 to 8/31/2014 (Co-PI, Dr. Zech is PI)
  • "Assessing performance characteristics of sediment basins constructed in Franklin County". Alabama Department of Transportation, 8/10/2010 to 8/31/2012 (PI)
  • "Evaluation of a 20-inch wattle ditch check practice using large-scale testing techniques". Auburn Highway Research Center (HRC), 10/1/2011 to 4/31/2012 (Co-PI)
  • "Three dimensional flow and thermal discharge modeling: Phase II – Model Improvement". Alabama Power Company, 7/1/2011 to 12/31/2013 (PI)
  • "Physical model investigation on the mixing of oil-dispersed substances in Mobile Bay ship channel." Alabama’s Rapid Response Program for BP-Gulf Research Initiative, 1/1/2011 to 12/31/2011, with Dr. Vasconcelos (PI)
  • "Three dimensional flow and thermal discharge modeling for the Greene County Steam Plant". Alabama Power Company, 3/1/2011 to 12/31/2011 (PI)
  • “Development of a proto-type model for sediment pond based on field investigation”. Highway Research Center (HRC), 1/15/2010 - 09/01/2010 (Co-PI)
  • "Three dimensional flow and thermal discharge modeling". Alabama Power Company, 8/16/2010 to 12/31/2010 (PI)
  • "Evaluation of scour potential of cohesive soils – Phase 2". Alabama Department of Transportation, 2/2010 - 9/30/2013 (Co-PI, Dr. Anderson is PI)
  • "Identification of potential coldwater refuge lakes important for sustaining cisco habitat under climate warming scenarios in Minnesota”, funded by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources through University of Minnesota (4/12/2008-2/31/2010).
  • “Development of guidance for runoff coefficient selection and examination of temporal and rainfall depth sensitivity”, funded by TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) in cooperation with Texas Tech University (PI), University of Houston, and USGS  (9/1/2007-8/31/2010).
  • "Establish effective lower bounds of watershed slope for traditional hydrologic methods", funded by TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) in cooperation with Texas Tech University (PI), and USGS  (9/1/2008-8/31/2011).
  • “Impacts of human activities and climate change on water resources and ecosystem health in the Wolf Bay Basin: A Coastal Diagnostic and Forecast System (CDFS) for integrated assessment” funded by the Auburn University Water Resources Center (6/1/2008 - 5/31/2011).
  • "Alterations of Water Availability, Water Quality and Fish Habitats in Cold Regions by Climate Change" funded by the US EPA in cooperation with Heinz G. Stefan (PI) at the University of Minnesota (10/01/96 to 03/31/99) - 45 publications.
  • "Regional Characteristics of Storm Hyetographs" funded by the Texas Department of Transportation in cooperation with Texas Tech University (PI), University of Houston, and USGS (09/01/2000-8/31/2005).
  • "Regional Characteristics of Unit Hydrographs and Rainfall Loss Analysis" funded by the Texas Department of Transportation in cooperation with Texas Tech University (PI), University of Houston, and USGS (09/01/2000-8/31/2007).
  • “Internet and component-based modeling system for lake water quality and fish habitat projections” funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ATP (Advanced Technology Program) (01/01/2000-8/31/2002).
  • “Estimating Time Parameters of Direct Runoff and Unit Hydrographs for Texas Watersheds" funded by the Texas Department of Transportation in cooperation with Texas Tech University, University of Houston, and USGS (9/1/2003-8/31/2005).
  • “Synthesis of storm drain design; current methodologies and need for alternatives to the rational method” funded by the Texas Department of Transportation in cooperation with Texas Tech University (PI) (9/1/2002 – 8/31/2003).
  • Guidance for Design in Areas of Extreme Bed-Load Mobility" funded by the Texas Department of Transportation in cooperation with Texas Tech University (PI), University of Houston, and USGS (9/1/2003-8/31/2008).
  • "Reservoir Water Quality Simulations from Two- or Three-Dimensional Water Quality Models" funded by the US Department of Agriculture through the Texas State University System in cooperation with Texas State University – San Marcos (7/1/2004-6/30/2007).
  • “The Sabine-Neches Waterways Feasibility Study - Pipeline/Facilities Relocation and Removals” funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with Dr. Victor Zaloom (PI), and Dr. Mien Jao at Lamar University (09/01/2001-8/31/2002).
  • “Design of Confined Placement Areas for the 50-Year Dredged Material Management Plan” funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with Dr. Victor Zaloom (PI), Dr. Hsing-wei Chu, and Dr. Mien Jao at Lamar University (09/01/2002-6/30/2003).
  • Texas Water Development Board grant for one-year study in nutrient transport and water quality monitoring in Sabine Lake Bayous (09/01/1999 to 10/31/2000).
  • "Assistance in Field Data Collection Effort for the Sabine Neches Waterway Project" funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal & Hydraulic Laboratory (6/2001 to 9/2001).
  • “Development of a 2-dimensional numerical model for flood risk simulation with application to the City of Beaumont” funded by Lamar University Research and Graduate Studies as a part of 2002 University Scholar Award.
  • Lamar Research Enhancement grant (09/01/98 to 08/31/99) to conduct a research in variation of reservoir water temperatures under inflows.
  • Lamar Research Enhancement grant  (09/01/96 to 08/31/97) to conduct a research in water temperature dynamics in Toledo Bend Reservoir, Texas.

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