Anne Dudek Ronan, PhD, PE

Anne Dudek Ronan, PhD, PE

Industry Professor

Civil and Urban Engineering

Biography

Professor Ronan's main area of interest is Water Resources Engineering.  She  teaches across the curriculum – from the freshman Introduction to Civil Engineering course to graduate classes in groundwater hydrology and surface water pollution.  She also advises PhD and MS students on their research and is faculty adviser for two student clubs.  Previously, Prof. Ronan was an Adjunct Professor at The Cooper Union and Assistant Professor at San Jose State University.  She has won several teaching awards for her passion for undergraduate and graduate education.

Classes taught at NYU Tandon

  • CE1002 Introduction to Civil Engineering
  • CE 2213 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
  • CE 3243 Water Resources Engineering
  • CE 7233 Groundwater Hydrology and Pollution
  • CE 7473 Modeling Fate and Transport of Surface Water Pollution

Journal Articles

Ronan, A. D., D. E. Prudic, C. E. Thodal and J. Constantz, “Field Study and Simulation of Diurnal Temperature Effects on Infiltration and Variably Saturated Flow Beneath an Ephemeral Mountain Stream” Water Resources Research, 34(9), pp. 2137-2153, 1998.

Cataldo, J. C., A. D. Ronan, M. L. Thatcher and J. Ahmad, "Modeling Stratified Flow in Combined Sewer Overflow," ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 113(2), pp. 207-224, 1987.

Other Publications

Ronan, A. D. and J. Bringardner, “Assessing Gender Differences between Student Motivations for Studying Engineering,” ASEE Annual Conference, June 2016

Kenku, O. and A. D. Ronan, “GIS Database of Pollutants in the Lagos Lagoon, Lagos State, Nigeria,” Presented at the New York Water Environment Association 85th Annual Meeting, New York,  Feb. 2013.

Zheng, L., S. Yoon and A. D. Ronan, “Remediation of Gasoline Contaminated Soil Using Surfactant Enhanced Aquifer Remediation (SEAR)”, World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2012, American Society of Civil Engineers, pp. 136-145, 2012.

Ronan, A. D., “Student Designs of Storm Surge Barriers for the New York Metropolitan Area,”  Presented at the conference Against the Deluge: Storm Surge Barriers to Protect New York City, Mar. 30-31, 2009, Conference proceedings published by ASCE.

Ronan, A. D., D. E. Prudic and J. Constantz, “Effects of Diurnal Stream Temperature Variation on Infiltration beneath an Ephemeral Stream,” Presented at American Geophysical Union Fall 1997 Meeting.

Stewart, A., A. Ronan, J. Constantz and D. Freyberg, “The Influence of Temperature and Layering Heterogeneity on Transmission Loss from an Ephemeral Stream,” Presented (by A. Stewart) at American Geophysical Union Fall 1997 Meeting.

Wanta, M. J. and A. D. Ronan, “Automated Parameter Estimation Using MODFLOWP - A Case Study,” Presented (by M. Wanta) at American Geophysical Union Fall 1996 Meeting.

Ronan, A. D, A. E. Stewart and J. Constantz, “Modeling Heat and Water Movement beneath Streams in Arid Environments.” U. S. Geological Survey Middle Rio Grande Basin Study --Proceedings of the First Annual Workshop, Denver, Colorado, Nov. 12 - 14, 1996. U. S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-116, pp. 46-47.

Healy, R. W. and A. D. Ronan, Documentation of Computer Program VS2DH for Simulating Energy Transport in Variably Saturated Porous Media -- Modification of the U. S. Geological Survey’s Computer Program VS2DT, U. S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 96-4230, 45 pp., 1996.

Ronan, Anne Dudek, “Flow Parameter Uncertainty in the Pajaro Valley Aquifer System:  A Case Study using MODFLOWP,” Groundwater Management, Proceedings of the International Symposium sponsored by the Water Resources Engineering Division, American Society of Civil Engineers, San Antonio, TX, Aug. 14-16, 1995, pp. 211-216.

Ronan, A. D., “Modeling Heat and Water Fluxes Beneath Streams,” San Jose State University Seventh Annual Research Review.  Presented Mar. 13, 1996.

Wanta, M. J. and A. D. Ronan, “Variation in Parameter Estimation Using MODFLOWP,” San Jose State University Seventh Annual Research Review.  Poster presented (by M. Wanta) Mar. 13, 1996.

Ronan, A. D., R. W. Healy, and C. E. Thodal, “Numerical Simulation of Diurnal Variation in Recharge Beneath an Ephemeral Mountain Stream near Carson City, Nevada,” Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, Vol. 76, No. 46, Nov. 7, 1995, p. F242. Presented at American Geophysical Union Fall 1995 Meeting in Dec. 1995.

Ronan, Anne, “Flow Parameter Uncertainty in the Pajaro Valley Aquifer System,” Proceedings of the International Symposium on Groundwater Management, San Antonio, TX, Aug. 14-16, 1995, Charbeneau, R. J., ed., 1995, pp. 211-216.  Presented Aug. 1995.

Ronan, A. D. and D. L. Freyberg, “Comparison of Methods for Estimation of Ensemble Moments of Groundwater Velocity in Bounded Aquifers,” Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, Vol. 75, No. 44, Nov. 1, 1994, p. 256.  Presented at American Geophysical Union Fall 1994 Meeting in Dec. 1994.

Ronan, Anne Dudek, "Using MODFLOWP to Estimate Parameters of a Groundwater Flow Model," San Jose State University Sixth Annual Research Review.  Presented Nov. 16, 1994.

Ronan, Anne Dudek, "Groundwater Velocity Uncertainty for Contaminant Transport Prediction," San Jose State University Fifth Annual Research Review.  Presented Oct. 27, 1993.

Stanford University, Department of Civil Engineering, Applications Handbook for Fastchem* Final Report RP2485-15, Prepared for Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA, 1992.

Apps, J. A., M. Zhu, P. K. Kitanidis, A. D. Ronan and S. Itagaki, "Modeling the Reactive Chemical Transport of Leachates for a Utility Fly-Ash Disposal Pond,"  Proceedings of the International Symposium on Ground Water, Nashville, Tennessee, July 29-Aug. 2, 1991, pp. 52-57.

Ronan, A. D. and J. C. Cataldo, "Dynamic Behavior of Stratified Flow," Proceedings of the Conference on Stormwater and Water Quality Modeling, Toronto, Canada, Dec. 5-6, 1985, pp. 315-326.

Education

Stanford University, 1993

Ph.D, Civil Engineering

The Cooper Union, 1984

Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering

The Cooper Union, 1983

Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering

Experience

The Cooper Union

Adjunct Professor

From: January 1999 to December 2009

San Jose State University

Assistant Professor

From: August 1993 to May 1998

Hazen and Sawyer, P.C.

From: June 1984 to August 1986

In Recent School News

Awards + Distinctions

  • NYU School of Engineering Distinguished Teacher Award, 2015
  • Chi Epsilon Excellence in Teaching Award, Metropolitan District, 2008 and 2013
  • The Cooper Union Students’ List, recognizing professors for their passion and dedication, 2008
  • American Geophysical Union Editors Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, 2002
  • SJSU College of Engineering Applied Materials Excellence in Teaching Award, 1997

Affiliations

ASCE, AGU, NGWA, ASEE

Research Interests

I do not have a funded research program because the primary focus of my appointment is teaching.   However, I regularly advise both PhD and MS students. 

My primary area of interest is Water Resources Engineering, with a focus on numerical modeling.  Specific topics include groundwater flow and transport modeling; surface water hydrodynamic and water quality modeling; numerical model prediction uncertainty, and climate adaptation.

Titles of M.S. Student Research and Independent Study Projects advised by Prof Ronan at NYU:

  • Groundwater and Contaminant Transport Model of the Seymour Recycling Corporation Superfund Site (2016)
  • Water Quality in Little Neck Bay and Alley Creek, New York (2014)
  • Study of Groundwater Flow Modeling Using Three-Dimensional Finite Element Geotechnical Software (2014)
  • Design and Study of Water Distribution System (2014)
  • 3D Visualization in Security Surveillance of a Parade (2014)
  • Application of VS2DI in Prediction of the Environmental Impact of a Ground Sourced Heat Pump System (incomplete)
  • GIS Database of Water Quality Parameters in the Lagos Lagoon, Lagos State, Nigeria (2013)
  • Transfer of a MODFLOW88 Model Using BCF Package to a MODFLOW2000 Model Using LPF Package (2012)
  • Remediation of Gasoline Contaminated Soil Using Surfactant Enhanced Aquifer Remediation (SEAR) (2011)
  • ArcGIS Watershed Delineation and Runoff Analysis (2011)
  • Groundwater Flow Study on a Western Long Island Aquifer Model (2011)

PhD Research Projects

ANFIS Model for Forecasting Storm Surge in New York City Using Hydro- Climatological Data (Primary advisor)

Numerical Modeling to Assess Environmental Conditions - in progress, title tbd (Primary advisor)

Ideal Color Space for Reconstruction of Contaminant Transport in Transparent Soils (committee member)