Ben Choat (

B.S. Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2016
M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2017-present

For his research Ben is utilizing numerical modeling to investigate how spatial arrangements of infiltration based urban stormwater control technologies affect baseflow of receiving streams.  He is interested in sustainable urban development and managing water resources from a systems based approach that integrates urban and rural systems.  When he isn’t thinking about the flow of water he enjoys seeing live music, gardening, and spending time in nature with his dog.

Katie Knight (

B.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 2018
M.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2018 to Present

Katie is researching and modeling the impacts of green stormwater infrastructure on urban watersheds and localized flooding. The goal of this research is to model a larger range of green stormwater infrastructure scenarios than has previously been studied and the impacts on roadway flooding and traffic disruption. Katie is interested in studying hydrology and the interactions between man-made and natural water systems. Outside of engineering, Katie enjoys rock climbing, trail running, mountain biking, backpacking, yoga, and reading a good book.

Noelle Fillo (

B.S. Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2013 – 2016
M.S. Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 2018 – Present

Noelle’s research utilizes field sampling, water-stable isotope assessment, and statistical analysis to quantify municipal contributions to base flow in urban streams. She is an aspiring water resources professional, and her lifelong goal is to cultivate sustainable development and management of water resources in Australia. Her favorite pastime is playing RPGs such as Pathfinder, Starfinder, and Mutants & Masterminds with her friends.

Ryan Baird (

B.S. Biological Engineering / Natural Resource Engineering, Penn State University, 2013 – 2016
M.S. Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 2018 – Present

Ryan is researching the potential to integrate crowdsourced data such as Twitter posts, municipal service requests, and mobile applications to locate and analyze urban pluvial flooding in the Denver area. He is also investigating the storm characteristics, such as intensity and duration, which lead to each flooding event.  The goal of his research is to help prioritize urban flood mitigation efforts and target investments in stormwater management infrastructure, as well as predicting location-specific flooding based on forecasted rain events. Outside of engineering, Ryan enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, whitewater kayaking, and backpacking.


Connor Williams

B.S. Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 2017-present

Connor is interested in sustainable roadway design and transportation systems. Outside of engineering, he enjoys anything outdoors, as well as reading and traveling.

Wyatt Young

B.S. Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2015-present

Wyatt is interested in water resources, water conservation, environmental impacts of natural resource development, stormwater engineering, sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, and most water related fields. In addition to academics , Wyatt enjoys biking, hiking, climbing, skiing, photography, travelling, food, sports, and hanging out with friends.



Nicole Opalinski

B.S. Biological Engineering, Penn State University, 2016
M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2016-2018
Now Water Efficiency Specialist, Parker Water and Sanitation

Nicole’s research involves using statistical methods to determine the impact of weather on municipal water use for 200+ cities nationwide. She is interested in the interaction between anthropogenic activities and the natural environment, specifically in relation to water resources. Outside the office, she enjoys climbing mountains, creating artwork, and practicing yoga.

Damiano Zampieri

B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Trento, 2015
M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Trento, 2015-present

Damiano’s research is focused on the study of runoff production from urban soils. The work starts with soil-rainfall interaction modelling using Richard’s equation, with a following section that investigates the main factors involved in runoff processes with statistical methods. During his free time, he is a passionate ski mountaineer and skyrunner.


Amber Pulido

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2014-2019
Now a MS student at UC Davis

Amber’s research involves using GIS to compare between multiple cities’ urban water systems in order to promote documentation of storm water control measures and to highlight effective storm water management from cities in various climates and urban forms. On Amber’s free time, she enjoys hikes, listening to music, relaxing with her cat, and exploring new cities.

Constance Dayan

B.S. Watershed Science, Colorado State University, 2015-2019
Now at Denver Parks and Rec

Constance’s research focuses on the relationship between water conductivity (among other water quality parameters) and watershed imperviousness, particularly in three Maryland watersheds. She is interested in urban water management and water treatment. Outside of work, Constance enjoys Sudoku puzzles, video games, and spending time with loved ones.