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Andrea Welker, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Andrea Welker, PhD Andrea Welker, PhD

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs | College of Engineering | Villanova University


Andrea Welker, PhD, PE, is an expert in geotechnical engineering, stormwater management, and sustainability


Areas of Expertise (4)

Stormwater Management Geotechnical Engineering Sustainability Rain Gardens


Dr. Welker is an authoritative source for stories that seek to present environmental engineering solutions to development and overbuilding, especially stormwater runoff. Her combined interest in geotechnical engineering and stormwater management has led Dr.Welker to investigate many aspects of the water budget, such as infiltration, evapotranspiration, and deep infiltration, for stormwater controls. As a leading member of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership, Dr. Welker can speak about various methods of improving stormwater management, including how to achieve easy, economical, natural bioretention through the design and do-it-yourself construction of rain gardens.

Education (3)

The University of Texas at Austin: PhD

Drexel University: MS

Drexel University: BS

Select Accomplishments (1)

Completed 2017 HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College and HERS Luce Program for Women in STEM Leadership (professional)

Dr. Andrea Welker completed the 2017 HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College. During the Institute, Dr. Welker also participated in the HERS Luce Program for Women in STEM Leadership.

Supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation's Clare Booth Luce program, HERS—Higher Education Resource Services—draws upon over 40 years of providing leadership development experiences for women in higher education through its intensive residential program, the HERS Institute.

Select Media Appearances (1)

LM Conservancy, Villanova University among partners in 'unprecedented' watershed study

Main Line Times  online


The Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership of Villanova University has been awarded a $565,000 grant. Under the direction of Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Andrea Welker, it will monitor the effectiveness of stormwater control measures in three other micro-watersheds.

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Research Grants (5)

Delaware Watershed Research Fund: The Effectiveness of Stormwater Control Measures at the Promenade at Granite Run

Delaware Watershed Research Fund 


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Next Generation Volume Reduction Green Infrastructure Stormwater Control Measures in Support of Philadelphia’s Green City Clean Waters Initiative

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 


Watershed Protection Application: Target Sub-Watershed Cluster Implementation,

William Penn Foundation 


Philadelphia Upstream Cluster: Phase II Planning

Delaware Watershed Research Fund 


Growing Greener: Optimal Balance of Infiltration-Evapotranspiration for Vegetated SCMs

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection 


Select Academic Articles (5)

Water Quality Impacts of Green Roofs Compared with Other Vegetated Sites Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment

Catherine M. Barr; Patricia M. Gallagher, Bridget M. Wadzuk, Pand Andrea L. Welker


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Evapotranspiration in Rain Gardens Using Weighing Lysimeters Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

Amanda Hess; Bridget Wadzuk; and Andrea Welker


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Evaluation of Soil Class Proxies for Hydrologic Performance of In Situ Bioinfiltration Systems Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment

Ryan S. Lee; Robert G. Traver; and Andrea L. Welker


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Evaluation of Field Hydraulic Conductivity Data: Comparing Spot Infiltrometer Test Data to Continuous Recession Data Geo-Chicago

Zachary Zukowski, Clay H. Emerson, Andrea L. Welker, and Brendon Achey


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Predicting Ecological Effects of Watershed Wide Rain Garden Implementation using a Low Cost Methodology Journal of Environmental Engineering

Dovel, E., Kemp, S., and Welker, A.


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