Team Lead

Dr. Abul Baki  Ph.D., P.Eng.

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Clarkson University
Phone: +1 (315) 268 4156

Graduate Students

Amir Golpira (PhD Student)

I’m pursuing a Ph.D. in Water Resources at Clarkson University. I received an M.Sc. in Coastal, Ports, and Marine Structures Engineering from Tarbiat Modares University, and a B.Sc. from the Amirkabir University of Technology in Civil and Environmental Engineering, both in Iran.

My current research primarily focuses on the impacts of large roughness elements (LREs) such as natural boulders on ecohydraulics in rivers and streams. I study the effects of multiple arrangements of LREs on local mean and turbulent flow fields and sediment transport. I’m interested to understand how these changes in flow fields and stream processes may influence in-stream habitat quality for aquatic species such as fish. I do both laboratory measurements and CFD-based numerical simulations in my research.  

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cooking, and listening to any good podcast. 

Eric Dewitt

I am a graduate student working towards a master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering here at Clarkson University. I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2021 with a double major in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

I am interested in focusing my research on flow fields and sediment transport of natural waterways and the associated effects on ecosystems.  

My free time varies with the seasons. I love to ski in the Winter and Spring, and during the Fall and Summer you can find me canoeing, golfing, and playing frisbee!

Naima Reggad (PhD Student)

I am a PhD student in the Water Resources Engineering Program at Clarkson University. I received my MSc in Water Resources Engineering in California State University in Sacramento. Prior to moving to California, I received a BS in Environmental Engineering from University of Sciences Hassan-II in Casablanca in Morocco.  Following my master’s degree I worked as a Water Resources Engineer at Civil Engineering Solutions, Inc.  I joined California State University-Sacramento, where I am working as a Lecturer teaching Fluid Mechanic, Hydraulic Lab. class till date.  My research interests are in Ecohydraulics for sustainable water resources infrastructures.  I enjoy reading, hiking, traveling, and baking.

Usama Butt

“I have completed my bachelor’s in civil engineering from University of Engineering and Technology (UET) in 2015. Then, I got my master’s degree in Civil Engineering from National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NUCES) in 2020. I have also served as a lecturer in University of Lahore (UOL) for three years. During my job career, I have served as a patron of two societies i.e. Serving Humanity (UOL) and Sports Society (UOL), in University of Lahore.

In 2021, I have started my Doctoral Degree in Water Resources Engineering at Clarkson University under the supervision of Professor Baki. My main research interest lies in the area of sustainable hydropower development.

Besides my academic career, I am a professional soccer player and performed on the district as well as state level.”

Undergraduate Students

Abigail Searles

I am a senior at Clarkson University studying Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Water Resouces. This is my first semester pursuing research under Professor Baki. Professor Baki’s research focuses really intrigued me and I am excited to learn more about his studies. I have always been passionate about keeping the environment healthy and love working with water.

In my free time, I love to hike, play club volleyball, and enjoy reading. I am also a Residential Advisor on the university’s campus.

Andrew Tota

“I am a current sophomore at Clarkson University double majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Water Resources.

This will be my first semester researching under Professor Baki and I’m looking forward to learning more about his work with ecohydraulics, specifically in the area of fish habitat structures. Aspiring to one day work in the field of civil and environmental engineering, Professor Baki’s research aiming to safeguard aquatic habits piqued my interest.

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy hiking, swimming and spending time with my friends and family.”

Ryan Pierce

I am a junior at Clarkson University studying Civil Engineering with a concentration in Water Resources. I recently finished my first semester doing research under Professor Baki and will continue doing research into my next semester. The research area of Ecohydraulics specifically with sustainable fish habitat structures drew my interest. Ecological river connectivity and wildlife preservation is an area in civil engineering that I have always had an avidness for, making research under Professor Baki a great opportunity for me.

Out of the classroom, I enjoy playing beach volleyball with my friends along with other outdoor activities like hiking and camping.


  1. Lauren D. Fuentes (ASET-REU, 2021)
  2. Ian Montgomery (ASET-REU, 2021)
  3. Nick Cunningham (Clarkson Undergraduate, 2019)