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Robert Traver, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Robert Traver, PhD Robert Traver, PhD

Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director of the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems | College of Engineering | Villanova University

Villanova, PA, UNITED STATES

Robert Traver, PhD, PE, WRE, is an expert on green stormwater infrastructure.

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Dr. Robert Traver on Hurricane Katrina Dr. Robert Traver speaks on the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership Dr. Robert Traver speaks on Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering Smart Roof for Stormwater Management (August 2015)

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Areas of Expertise (4)

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Water Resources Flooding Urban Watersheds

Biography

Dr. Robert G. Traver has been a member of the Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Program at Villanova since 1988. He currently serves as Director of the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems (VCRWS), which joins with government and industry to advance the field of comprehensive stormwater management. In taking the lead with VCRWS, Dr. Traver has transformed the Villanova campus into a living laboratory with on-site experimental projects such as a green roof, rain garden, stormwater wetland, pervious concrete and porous asphalt.

Dr. Traver played a significant role in the Corps of Engineers' investigation of the failure of the New Orleans Hurricane Protection System during Hurricane Katrina as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers External Panel (ERP). Dr. Traver has previously testified before Congress and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Education (3)

Pennsylvania State University: PhD

Villanova University: MCE

Virginia Military Institute: BSCE

Select Accomplishments (4)

Retired LTC of the U.S. Army Reserve (personal)

Desert Storm Veteran

2016 Villanova University Outstanding Faculty Research Award (professional)

The Outstanding Faculty Research Award award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to their field. Dr. Traver received this award for his scholarship in stormwater management and sustainable engineering.

2007 Outstanding Civilian Service Medal (professional)

Awarded by the Commanding General of the United States Corps of Engineers for Dr. Traver's role on the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) External Review Panel, charged with determining the cause of New Orleans’ levee system failure during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 .

2014 ASCE William H. Wisley American Civil Engineer Award (professional)

Awarded to recognize Dr. Traver's leadership of the American Society of Civil Engineer's (ASCE) Task Committee on Flood Safety Policies and Practices.

Affiliations (5)

  • Associate Editor and Co-Founder of the ASCE Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment
  • Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)
  • Diplomat and Former President of the American Academy of Water Resource Engineers
  • Committee Member of the National Research Council Committee that authored “Urban Stormwater Management in the United States” (2009)
  • Steering committee of the Water Environmental Federation Stormwater Institute

Select Media Appearances (5)

Those surprising gardens along I-95 in Fishtown? They'll manage Olympic amounts of stormwater

Philadelphia Inquirer  online

2017-09-03

One recent day after a heavy rain, Robert Traver, a professor of civil engineering at Villanova and chair of the university’s Urban Stormwater Partnership, was out inspecting one of the rain gardens. This one, running along Richmond Street, between Shackamaxon and Marlborough Streets, covered about 1.7 acres.

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Cities enlist nature to tame rising flood risks

Christian Science Monitor  online

2016-12-20

But in recent years, the method has gained credence as a buffer against climate change, said Robert Traver, a professor and director of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership at Villanova University in Philadelphia, a city replete with porous pavement and other projects that’s turned it into the US poster child for green infrastructure.

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I-95 overhaul includes green infrastructure to reduce river pollution

WHYY's Newsworks  online

2017-05-08

“They’re building a lot of green infrastructure, rain gardens and bioinfiltration sites that weren’t there before,” said Villanova engineering professor Robert Traver, who is working on the project. “So that means all those acres of impervious surface that used to go directly into the combined sewers now get cut off and reduce the volume tremendously.”

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10 years after Hurricane Katrina, US still lacks comprehensive strategy to tackle floods, experts warn

Fox News  online

2015-08-28

“There has been a lot of work done in the areas that were flooded out,” Robert Traver, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Villanova University, told FoxNews.com. “Where we still need a lot of good work is in treating everything like a system – it’s not just the barrier systems such as levees and sand-dunes, it’s ‘how good is our evacuation system?’ ‘What do we do to make the houses more resilient?’ ‘What do we do about land use decisions?’ and ‘How good is our public notification system?’”

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Engineers call for national approach to flooding

Associated Press  online

2014-09-22

An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy...

Robert Traver, the Villanova University professor who was chairman of the group that made the report, said the issues are critical. “The failure to act today has future consequence,” he said.

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Research Grants (5)

Stormwater Best Management Practice National Monitoring Site

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection $323,366

2016

PennDot Green Infrastructure Research Center

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation $702,000

2015

Green Cities Clean Water Research Center

City of Philadelphia’s Water Department $150,000

2015

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

Environmental Protection Agency $1 million

2014

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Rain Garden Configuration to Maximize Hydrologic Performance

Pennsylvania Growing Greener $126,745

2013

Select Academic Articles (5)

Dynamic design of green stormwater infrastructure Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering

Traver, R., Ebrahimian, A.

2017

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Green Infrastructure Recovery: Analysis of the Influence of Back-to-Back Rainfall Events ASCE Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment

Wadzuk, B., Lewellyn, C. Lee, R., Traver, R.

2017

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

Lee, R., Traver, R., Welker, A.

2016

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The Impact of Drainage on Green Roof Evapotranspiration Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

Zaremba, G., Traver R., Wadzuk, B.

2016

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Modeling Soil Matrix Hydraulic Properties for Variably-Saturated Hydrologic Analysis Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment

Lee, R., Welker, A., Traver, R

2015

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