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Bridget Wadzuk, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Bridget Wadzuk, PhD

Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Director of Strategic Initiatives| College of Engineering | Villanova University


Bridget Wadzuk, PhD, is an expert in water resources engineering, environmental fluid dynamics, and stormwater wetlands





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Areas of Expertise (4)


Stormwater Management

Water Resources Research

Environmental Fluid Dynamics


Dr. Wadzuk is a good interview source for stories about water resources, environmental problems caused by stormwater runoff, and the research that is being done to better design and construct systems that will prevent, alleviate and resolve the conditions that engender water pollution, flooding, erosion and other challenges.

Education (3)

The University of Texas at Austin: PhD

The University of Texas at Austin: MS

Villanova University: BS

Select Media Appearances (3)

Villanova University Rain Garden Shows 20-year Success at Soaking Up Stormwater Runoff

WHYY  online


Rain gardens could be part of the solution, according to recent Villanova University findings. After more than 20 years of monitoring, researchers say the university’s rain garden has effectively soaked up stormwater and prevented pollution from entering waterways. “Overall, what we ended up seeing is that the system can manage a lot of the water that’s coming in off the watershed. And we’ve seen that it’s been able to consistently do that over time,” said researcher Bridget Wadzuk, associate director of the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems.

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A Green Infrastructure Research Lab Grows at Villanova

U.S. News & World Report  online


The U.S. continues to set new marks for the rainiest months on record. Green stormwater infrastructure—such as rain gardens and bioswales that allow rain to sink into the ground—is a strategy to help decrease the frequent flooding urban areas face after heavy rain. I am part of a research team at Villanova University's College of Engineering that has been studying green stormwater infrastructure on our campus for more than 20 years. By Bridget Wadzuk, PhD, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University

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Phila. roofs are sprouting greenery

Philadelphia Inquirer  online


Villanova researchers are looking at drainage scenarios, and learning that "green roofs often have more storage capacity than we are taking advantage of," said Bridget Wadzuk, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. The finding could lead to new drainage structures that will bring down the cost "and make green roofs an even more attractive option for storm-water management," she said.

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Research Grants (1)

PFI:BIC Self-Learning Algorithms for Advancement of Smart Stormwater Green Infrastructure Systems

National Science Foundation $801,606


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Select Academic Articles (3)

Understanding the Role of Evapotranspiration in Bioretention: Mesocosm Study

Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment

Wadzuk, Bridget M., John M. Hickman Jr, and Robert G. Traver


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Evapotranspiration from a Green-Roof Storm-Water Control Measure

Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

Wadzuk, B. M., Schneider, D., Feller, M., & Traver, R. G.


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Fines Accumulation and Distribution in a Storm-Water Rain Garden Nine Years Postconstruction

Journal of irrigation and Drainage Engineering

Jenkins, Jennifer K. Gilbert, Bridget M. Wadzuk, and Andrea L. Welker


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