Marta Zaniolo

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Marta Zaniolo joined Duke CEE as an assistant professor in January 2024. Her research addresses timely water sustainability challenges including how to ensure reliable and affordable access to water resources in the face of scarcity, competing demands, and a changing climate. She combines the fields of hydrology and water resources modeling with machine learning and data mining techniques to enable more informed decision-making about water use at scales large and small. Zaniolo holds a BS and MS degree in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Information Technology earned in the Environmental Intelligence lab at Politecnico di Milano. Prior to joining Duke, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the CEE department at Stanford University.Learn more here: 

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Information


  • B.S. Politecnico di Milano (Italy), 2014
  • M.S. Politecnico di Milano (Italy), 2017
  • Ph.D. Politecnico di Milano (Italy), 2020

Research Interests

Water resources planning and management, drought modeling and control, flexible climate change adaptation, conceptual and data-driven systems modeling, reinforcement learning for water systems, multi-objective control, feature extraction.