Brian Phillips, MS, EI

Environmental Engineering PhD Candidate

Job Seeker In The Baton Rouge, Louisiana Area

I work in the field of environmental and hydrological monitoring, analysis, and modeling at both the field and watershed scale. I’ve spent the better part of two decades at NC State University as a student and a researcher; now it’s time to lend my talent to a brilliant team of hard workers in the Baton Rouge area.

Looking to expand my areas of focus to include groundwater remediation, riverine modeling, environmental assesment, and urban hydrology. Let’s connect to see where I can help.


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Education

  • PhD - Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Minor - GIS2006-2018

    North Carolina State University – Raleigh, NC

    In progress

  • M.S. - Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Minor – Water Resources2003-2006

    North Carolina State University – Raleigh, NC

    GPA - 3.78

    Thesis - Methods to predict the lateral effect of a drainage ditch on adjacent wetland hydrology

  • B.S. - Biological and Agricultural Engineering - Environmental Concentration2000-2003

    North Carolina State University – Raleigh, NC

    Summa Cum Laude, GPA - 3.82

Experience

  • Research AssociateJune 2006 - July 2017

    Biological and Agricultural Engineering Dept., NC State University

    • Engaged as consultant for several wetland restoration, onsite wastewater, and dewatering projects

    • Authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings

    • Presented research at conferences, symposiums, and departmental seminars

    • Collected and analyzed field data from wetland and agroforest project sites in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama

    • Travelled to Uruguay and assisted with installation of monitoring equipment

    • Completed development and continued enhancement of Windows desktop software for calculating drainage impact on wetland hydrology

    • Assisted in development of methods to determine impact of minor drainage on adjacent forested wetland hydrology in areas of the southeast USA

    • Wrote and maintained several supporting software packages for hydrological models

    • Revised and updated the hydrologic model DRAINMOD per USDA Common Computing Environment certification requirements

    • Liaised regularly with DRAINMOD users in the Americas, Europe, and Asia

    • Worked with NRCS staff to provide access to teaching materials and development of model inputs

    • Assisted NC Department of Transportation with editing intra-agency operating procedures for lateral impact determination

    • Assisted fellow graduate students with data acquisition and model input development

    • Developed input data for hydrological models for application in the Midwest USA

    • Calibrated and validated the USDA hydrologic models SWAT and APEX for watershed studies in northern Uruguay and in western Alabama

    • Modified source code of APEX to include new landuse forest landuse operations and to output additional variables

    • Conducted simulation analyses using ClimGen generated weather to determine impact of afforestation on local water supply as a function of time and climate change

    • Developed Excel templates for calculating soil water characteristic data and conductivity values

    • Developed archival and backup routines, leveraging local and multiple off-site storage mechanisms, to preserve and secure data

    • Served as co-instructor for BAE 574- DRAINMOD during the spring 2009-2016 semesters and maintained one of the highest departmental course ratings

    • Served as co-instructor for BAE 771 – Theory of Drainage during the fall 2010 and 2012 semesters

  • Research EngineerJanuary 2004 - May 2006

    Biological and Agricultural Engineering Dept., NC State University

    • Worked on North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) projects • 2005-21 Development of methods to determine lateral effects of a drainage ditch on wetland hydrology • 2005-24 Determination of Lateral Effects of Borrow Pits on Hydrology of Adjacent Wetlands

    • Performed soil study at project sites - series description, hydraulic conductivity, depth to impermeable layer, soil water characteristic, other physical properties

    • Installed shallow water table monitoring wells and rainfall recorders

    • Collected field data and maintained equipment

    • Conducted hydrological simulations to determine system response to dewatering

    • Obtained long-term weather data for numerous counties across the United States; converted data to format specified by hydrological model DRAINMOD

    • Modeled study sites in hydrological models DRAINMOD and WATRCOM using several years of measured data

    • Developed user friendly Windows desktop software to apply research results

    • Assisted in development of presentation materials and quarterly research reports

    • Liaised with private consultants and provided help with hydrological model input development and research application

    • Assisted NCDOT with editing publications related to intra-agency procedures for application of research

    • Published and presented conference article on determining lateral effect of a drainage ditch on adjacent wetland hydrology

    • Co-authored peer-reviewed journal article

    • Presented research at NCDOT meeting

    • Completed and published thesis on method of determining lateral effect of a drainage ditch on adjacent wetland hydrology

  • Research AssistantJune 2003 - December 2004

    Biological and Agricultural Engineering Dept., NC State University

    • Worked on North Carolina Department of Transportation Projects HWY-871 and 2005-21: Development of methods to determine lateral effects of a drainage ditch on wetland hydrology

    • Collected water table and weather measurements at multiple project sites

    • Maintained and repaired Onset data logging equipment and manual recorders

    • Collected study site soil cores

    • Performed vertical hydraulic conductivity and soil-water characteristic tests on project soil cores

    • Conducted in situ lateral hydraulic conductivity tests using Auger Hole Method

    • Obtained long-term weather data for numerous North Carolina counties and converted data to format specified by hydrological model DRAINMOD

    • Assisted with writing of quarterly progress reports and draft final reports

    • Assisted during workshops on application of the study

Software Skills

  • Microsoft Office

  • Visual Studio

  • Rstudio

  • ArcGIS

  • ArcHydro

  • HEC-GeoHMS

  • TauDEM

  • DRAINMOD

  • SWAT

  • APEX

  • C#

  • Fortran

  • R

  • Experience with AutoCAD, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, Python

Courses

  • Engineering Hydrology

  • Open Channel Hydraulics

  • Fluvial Geomorphology

  • Stormwater BMP

  • Watershed Monitoring

  • Water Quality and Modeling

  • Groundwater Hydraulics

  • Hydrogeology

  • Theory of Drainage

  • Theory of Saturated Flow

  • Elementary Surveying

  • Wetland Soils

  • Environmental Applications of Soil Science

  • Tree Physiology

  • Advanced Geospatial Analytics

  • GIS for Hydrology Applications

  • GIS Programming

  • Advanced Math for Engineers

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