Sonya Lopez

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College of Engeering, Computer Science, and Technology
Department of Civil Engineering
Office Location: ET A221
Email: sonya.lopez@calstatela.edu

 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Developing methods to ascertain the impacts climate variability has on long-term surface and subsurface water, water storage, ecosystems and water quality using novel modeling techniques and the integration of advanced observation data. Performing modeling studies with the inclusion of local sustainable technologies using both physically-based and conceptually-based hydrologic models.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Students are encouraged to inquire regarding available research positions in the lab. Students with the following skills are highly encouraged to apply: computing (i.e. Python, R, MATLAB, C++), Geographic Information Systems (GIS; ArcGIS, GRASS-GIS, QGIS), hydrologic modeling, and watershed hydrologic analysis. Cal State LA offers Master Degrees in Science. Please see our MS program requirements for admission (http://www.calstatela.edu/ecst/ce/graduate). For questions regarding BS or MS opportunities, email sonya.lopez@calstatela.edu, or visit during scheduled office hours.

Apply to the NASA DIRECT-STEM program to work with Dr. Lopez here: http://www.calstatela.edu/centers/NASA_DIRECT_STEM


Current Graduate Students

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Gabriela Martinez

Research Topic: Evaluating Best Management Practices and Urban Sustainability due to a changing climate using the EPA's HSPF Model

Funding: NASA Data Intensive Research and Education Center in Science Technology Education and Mathematics (DIRECT-STEM); Inaugural Sikand Award for Faculty Research in Urban Sustainability; NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Minnesota; NASA JPL Internship

 

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Mahdi Mortazavi

Research Topic: Decentralized Water Distribution Systems and On-Site Water Treatment Centers

Funding: MWD World Water Forum College Grant; Inaugural Sikand Award for Faculty Research in Urban Sustainability 

 

 


Current Undergraduate Students

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Isabel Escobar-Sanchez

Funding: NASA Data Intensive Research and Education Center in Science Technology Education and Mathematics (DIRECT-STEM); Inaugural Sikand Award for Faculty Research in Urban Sustainability

 

 

 

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Joseph Lucey

Funding: NASA Data Intensive Research and Education Center in Science Technology Education and Mathematics (DIRECT-STEM); Inaugural Sikand Award for Faculty Research in Urban Sustainability

 

 

 
 
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Simon Packman

Funding: NASA Data Intensive Research and Education Center in Science Technology Education and Mathematics (DIRECT-STEM)

 

 

 

Former Students

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Antony Karongo 

Research Topic: Particle-tracking in 3D Biochar + Sand Column experiment using ParFlow

Funding: NASA Data Intensive Research and Education Center in Science Technology Education and Mathematics (DIRECT-STEM)

Graduated with M.S from UCLA Civil & Environmental Engineering. Currently employed at LA DWP, Watershed Management Group

2016 - 2017 Dr. Lopez Group Photo

From left: Isabel Escobar-Sanchez (BS), Joseph Lucey (BS), Dr. Sonya Lopez, Gabriela Martinez (MS), Mahdi Mortazavi (MS) 

2016-2017 Group Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 - 2016 Dr. Lopez Group Photo

Antony Karongo (left), Gabriela Martinez (middle), Dr. Sonya Lopez (right)

2015-2016 Group Photo

 

Gw festival 2016