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Graduate Research Assistantship (Master’s) in Stormwater Management Program

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The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH, USA

Date added to AEES Website:

November 8, 2023

Date to remove from AEES Website:

July 31, 2024

About the Role

Research topics: urban stormwater, water quality, real time control, smart infrastructure, IoT


The Ohio State University Stormwater Management Program focuses on the impact of urbanization and development on water resources at the site and watershed scale. Our research spans a variety of water resources problems, including urban stormwater, agricultural runoff, acid mine drainage, and construction site runoff. We take a holistic approach to quantify the effects of human development on receiving waters and ways to mitigate these impacts using natural treatment mechanisms such as green stormwater infrastructure. The advent of internet-of-things (IoT) technologies has the potential to transform these passive systems into actively managed stormwater controls to manage pollutants, promote plant health, and improve the quality of urban environments in the face of a changing climate. We seek a dedicated Master’s student who will conduct and manage laboratory-scale research of real time control technologies used to improve the performance of bioretention practices in Ohio and across the country. Additional research opportunities related to field-scale

testing and modeling of real time control technologies are available at the discretion of the successful candidate.

Start Date

August 2024

Pay and Benefits 

Tuition waiver with competitive stipend and health insurance.

Education and Skills 

B.S. with an excellent academic record in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Science, or related field. Though not required, prior experience or familiarity with programming in C/C++ is desired. Strong communication skills, including technical writing skills, are highly preferred.

About OSU

 The Ohio State University is the premier research institution in Ohio and one of the leading public land grant universities in the United States. Columbus is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the Midwest featuring 19 metro parks with over 230 miles of greenway trails, a flourishing food and art scene, and more.

How to Apply

Email CV or resume (with contact information for three professional references) and cover leter describing interest in graduate school, this research topic, and relevant experience to Dr. Andrew Tirpak at

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