Smits Research Group

The ever increasing food, water and energy demands driven by higher consumption and a growing global population have transformed the world economically, politically, and ecologically. Smits’ research team believes that solutions to food, water and energy issues must be informed by scientific understanding and community values. Therefore, we (1) develop and implement novel science and engineering solutions to best understand water, food and energy issues and (2) engage with diverse stakeholders to include local communities, policy makers and industry in productive discussions about sustainable solutions. The motivation to Smits’ research group is to answer questions applied to many current and emerging problems such as greenhouse gas emissions, evapotranspiration, agricultural yields, the remediation of contaminated soil, and the storage of renewable energy. Smits’ research combines theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches to address food, water and energy concerns occurring near the earth’s surface. Her group’s main focus is performing detailed and highly controlled experiments at the lab and field scales that are then used to develop and test theories and numerical models to develop solutions. Please visit our research interests and about the team pages to learn more about our current projects. Our publications page highlights our growing contribution to our field. Visit our facilities pages to get an idea of our capabilities. Please contact Dr. Smits directly if you are interested in discussing potential opportunities.

Please visit our research interests and about the team pages to learn more about our current projects. Our publications page highlights our growing contribution to our field. Visit our facilities pages to get an idea of our capabilities. Please contact Dr. Smits directly if you are interested in discussing potential opportunities.

Student Opportunities

If you’re interested in becoming a member of our team as an undergraduate, graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, or even as a high school intern please feel free to inquire with me directly. Information about admission to the MS or PhD in either Civil Engineering Program.

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