Miguel A Medina

Miguel A. Medina

Profesor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Medina earned a Ph.D. degree in water resources and environmental engineering sciences from the University of Florida in 1976 and joined the Duke faculty thereafter. Dr. Medina is Director of the International Honors Program of the Pratt School of Engineering. He has been a registered Professional Hydrologist, American Institute of Hydrology (Minnesota), since 1983, and its current President-Elect. Dr. Medina is Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.

Professor Medina has conducted funded research in hydrologic and water quality mathematical modeling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Water Research and Technology, the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute, the State of North Carolina, the U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station, the Naval Oceanographic Office, the U.S. Air Force, DuPont Engineering, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy in joint ventures with Luna Innovations. His current research focuses on contaminant transport hydrology, specifically modeling flow and mass transport across surface/subsurface interfaces and interactions. The results of his research are reported in such journals as Water Resources Research, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Journal of Hydrology, Hydrosoft, Advances in Water Resources, Ground Water, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Computation, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Computing in Civil Engineering, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Desalination, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Hydrological Science and Technology, and Environmental Health Perspectives.

He was selected a Fulbright Scholar for 1984 at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He conducted post-graduate intensive courses on urban hydrology for UNESCO in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and Panama in 1985 and 1986. In 1987, he was awarded an NSF travel grant to establish links between U.S. and Argentine hydrologists and water professionals. He was named External Evaluator of the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme from 2002 to 2003. He was selected the Lead Evaluator in 2007 of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Program.

Professor Medina is a former President of the Universities Council on Water Resources, Inc., and the North Carolina Section of the American Water Resources Association. He is a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Health Organization, the Research Triangle Institute of North Carolina, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, the Ministries of Water Resources in Venezuela and Spain, the Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys, and other private enterprises. He is a former Chairman of the International Technical Advisory Committee of the International Ground Water Modeling Center (Colorado School of Mines, and Delft, The Netherlands). In 1989, the Governor of North Carolina appointed Dr. Medina to the Environmental Management Commission.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Profesor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 121 Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5200
  • Email Address: miguel.medina@duke.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Florida, 1976
  • M.S. University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, 1972
  • B.S. University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, 1968

Research Interests

Contaminant transport hydrology, specifically modeling flow and mass transport across surface/subsurface interfaces and interactions; and international water issues which include transboundary contaminant transport.

Specialties

Hydrology
Education, Engineering
Water, Resources and Treatment
Sensing and Sensor Systems
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Impacts

Representative Publications

  • Medina, MA; Achanta, A; Heyman, J; Haerer, D, Coupling high-resolution acoustic sensor measurements with analytical and numerical porous media solute transport modeling, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, vol 16 no. 4 (2011), pp. 324-331 [10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000321] [abs].
  • Medina, MA, Global water crisis and climate change, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, vol 15 no. 3 (2010), pp. 167-170 [10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000203] [abs].
  • Kazezyelmaz-Alhan, CM; Jr, MAM, The effect of surface/ground water interactions on wetland sites with different characteristics, Desalination, vol 226 no. 1-3 (2008), pp. 298-305 [10.1016/j.desal.2007.01.246] [abs].
  • Kazezyilmaz-Alhan, CM; Jr, MAM, Kinematic and diffusion waves: Analytical and numerical solutions to overland and channel flow, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, vol 133 no. 2 (2007), pp. 217-228 [10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2007)133:2(217)] [abs].
  • Kazezyilmaz-Alhan, CM; Jr, MAM; Richardson, CJ, A wetland hydrology and water quality model incorporating surface water/groundwater interactions, Water Resources Research, vol 43 no. 4 (2007) [10.1029/2006WR005003] [abs].

Additional Information

Distinctions:
  • Selected a Fulbright Scholar for 1984 at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Conducted post-graduate intensive courses on urban hydrology for UNESCO in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and Panama in 1985 and 1986.
  • In 1987, awarded an NSF travel grant to establish links between U.S. and Argentine hydrologists and water professionals.
  • Named External Evaluator of the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme from 2002 to 2003.
  • Former President of the Universities Council on Water Resources, Inc., and the North Carolina Section of the American Water Resources Association.
  • Consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Health Organization, the Research Triangle Institute of North Carolina, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, the Ministries of Water Resources in Venezuela and Spain, the Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys, and other private enterprises.
  • Chairman of the International Technical Advisory Committee of the International Ground Water Modeling Center (Colorado School of Mines, and Delft, The Netherlands).
  • In 1989, the Governor of North Carolina appointed Dr. Medina to the Environmental Management Commission.
Honors and Awards
  • President-Elect, American Institute of Hydrology, 2007-present
  • Vice-President for Institute Development, American Institute of Hydrology (1998-2000)
  • Award Plaque, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours Company, July 27, 2000 for "outstanding contributions and dedication toward furthering the science of environmental modeling."
  • Scientific Board, International Conference on Environmental Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain (1999)
  • Technical Advisory Committee, Water Resources Research Institute of UNC (1997-1999)
  • School of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, awarded by the graduating undergraduate student body (1995)
  • Board of Academic Advisors, Environmental Project, Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1995-present)
  • U.S. Air Force Summer Research Fellow, Brooks AFB, Texas (1990)
  • Environmental Management Commission, appointed to six-year term by Governor of North Carolina, James Martin, July 1989
  • Earl I. Brown II Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Award, Duke University Chapter of Chi Epsilon (1989)
  • President, Universities Council on Water Resources (1987-1988)
  • Congressional testimony, U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior, Feb. 25, 1988.
  • Distinguished Engineering Fellow, College of Engineering, University of Alabama, 150th Anniversary of College of Engineering, April 1988.
  • Chairman, International Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) of the International Ground Water Modeling Center (IGWMC), Golden, Colorado and Delft, The Netherlands, 1988-1993, member (1987-1993)
  • Board of Directors, Universities Council on Water Resources (1985-1988), President-Elect, 1986-1987.
  • UNESCO Lecturer in Central America and the Caribbean (Dominican Republic and Panama), Hydrologic and Water Quality Models (1986)
  • President, N. C. Water Resources Association (1986)
  • UNESCO Lecturer in Central America (Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador), Hydrologic and Water Quality Models (1985)
  • President-Elect, N.C. Water Resources Association (1985)
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, Monash University, Australia (1984)
  • Recipient of University of Florida College of Engineering Fellowship (1972-1973)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Traineeship (1971-1972)
  • William Simpson Keller Prize. Awarded to top senior in Civil Engineering in the State of Alabama (1967-1968)
Professional and Service Activities
  • Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society of North America
  • Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society
  • Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honor Society
  • International Water Resources Association
  • American Institute of Hydrology
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Water Resources Association
  • Certified Professional Hydrologist, American Institute of Hydrology, St. Paul, Minnesota