The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Andrew Ernest

Dr. Andrew Ernest

Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, D. WRE
Professor
Department Chair
andrew.ernest@utrgv.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1991
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1985
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1984

Biography

Dr. Andrew Ernest has accumulated over 20 years of professional experience in Environmental and Water Resource Engineering, and awarded over $20 million in grants and contracts throughout his career. Ernest has more than 100 publications in his name, including more than 40 masters’ theses he has supervised. His research focuses at the nexus of environmental informatics and water resource capacity development. Ernest bases his research efforts around his interest in investigating the role of innovation, entrepreneurship and engineering service in stimulating effort-based economies as a mechanism for promoting capacity development and sustainability.

Dr. Jungseok Ho

Jungseok Ho

Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor
Department Co-Chair
jungseok.ho@utrgv.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, The University of New Mexico
  • M.S.,
  • B.S.,

Biography

Dr. Jungseok Ho received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering in 2006 from The University of New Mexico at Albuquerque in area of surface channel hydraulics and environmental engineering. During his doctoral study, he developed numerical/physical modeling tehcniques to predict hydraulic impacts on the Rio Grande due to proposed diersion structure. Dr. Ho spent years in post-doctoral research in are of channel routing modeling and hydraulic engineering consulting before he joined UTRGV's Civil Engineering Department in 2010, where he taught water resources and environmental engineering.

Dr. Chu-Lin Cheng

Dr. Chu-Lin Cheng

Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
chulin.cheng@utrgv.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Environmental Science/Engineering, Iowa State University
  • M.S., Water Resources/Geology, Iowa State University
  • B.S., M.S., Hydrogeology/Earth Sciences, National Cheng Kung University

Biography

Cheng's training and research interests are Hydrogeology, Contaminant Fate and Transport, Groundwater Modeling, Geo-Hydro-informatics, Grounwater/Surface Water Interactions, Ecohydrology, and Applications of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) in natural and engineered porous media. Prior to UTRGV (joined UTPA in Fall 2014), he was a joint postdoctoral researcher in the Environmental Sciences Division, the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge Laboratory, and the Univeristy of Tennessee.

Dr. Jongmin Kim

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
jongmin.kim@utrgv.edu 

Education

  • Ph.D.,
  • M.S.,
  • B.S.,

Biography

Dr. Thuy Vu

Dr. Thuy Vu

Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
thuy.vu@utrgv.edu 

Education

  • Ph.D.,
  • M.S.,
  • B.S.,

Biography

Dr. Aaron Greenwood

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
aaron.greenwood@utrgv.edu 

Education

  • Ph.D.,
  • M.S.,
  • B.S.,

Biography

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raheem

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raheem

Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
mohamed.abdelraheem@utrgv.edu 

Education

  • Ph.D.,
  • M.S.,
  • B.S.,

Biography

Mr. Juan Bosquez

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juan.bosquez@utrgv.edu 

Education

  • Ph.D.,
  • M.S.,
  • B.S.,

Biography

Mr. Lucas Castillo

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M.S.
Lecturer I
lucas.castillo@utrgv.edu 

Education

  • Ph.D.,
  • M.S.,
  • B.S.,

Biography

Mr. Javier Guerrero

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javier.guerrero@utrgv.edu 

Education

  • Ph.D.,
  • M.S.,
  • B.S.,

Biography