James Smith

William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office Phone
E413 Engineering Quad

PhD         Environmental Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1981.

MSE        Mathematical Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1979.

BS           Mathematics, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1974.

Concurrent University Appointments
  • Associated Faculty, High Meadows Environmental Institute (PEI)
  • Associated Faculty, Department of Geosciences
  • Associated Faculty, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Honors, Awards, DISTINCTIONS
  • Fellow, American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Robert Horton Lecturer, AMS
  • Hydrologic Sciences Medal, AMS
  • Engineering Council Teaching Award

Smith's research interests concern the hydrology and hydrometeorology of extreme floods. Hydrometeorological studies have centered on development of technologies for measuring rainfall from weather radar, stochastic modeling of the space-time structure of rainfall and microphysical studies of extreme rainfall.  Flood hazards from landfalling tropical cyclones, thunderstorms in urban environments and convection in mountainous terrain have received special attention.


CEE 306  Hydrology
CEE 586  Physical Hydrology
CEE 581 Hydrometeorology