Jorge Darwin Abad

Assistant Professor
Civil & Environmental Engr


(2012) The Lorenz Straub Award, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory.

(2012) Co-recipient of the Wesley W. Horner Award, American Society of Civil Engineers 2011.

(2012) Co-recipient of the BSG (British Society for Geomorphology)'s Willey Blackwell Award 2012.

2012 Outstanding Reviewer Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE.

PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002

B.S., Civil Engineering, National University of Engineering, 1997

Abad, J.D., Frias, C.E., Buscaglia, G.C., & Garcia, M.H. (2013). Modulation of the flow structure by progressive bedforms in the Kinoshita meandering channel. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 38(13), n/a.Wiley. doi: 10.1002/esp.3460.

Cataño-Lopera, Y.A., Landry, B.J., Abad, J.D., & García, M.H. (2013). Experimental and Numerical Study of the Flow Structure around Two Partially Buried Objects on a Deformed Bed. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 139(3), 269-283.American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). doi: 10.1061/(asce)hy.1943-7900.0000619.

Gutierrez, R.R., Abad, J.D., Parsons, D.R., & Best, J.L. (2013). Discrimination of bed form scales using robust spline filters and wavelet transforms: Methods and application to synthetic signals and bed forms of the Río Paraná, Argentina. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 118(3), 1400-1418.American Geophysical Union (AGU). doi: 10.1002/jgrf.20102.

Vidic, R.D., Brantley, S.L., Vandenbossche, J.M., Yoxtheimer, D., & Abad, J.D. (2013). Impact of Shale Gas Development on Regional Water Quality. SCIENCE, 340(6134), 1235009.American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). doi: 10.1126/science.1235009.

Brantley, S.L., Wilderman, C., & Abad, J. (2012). Workshop discusses database for Marcellus water issues. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 93(34), 328.American Geophysical Union (AGU). doi: 10.1029/2012eo340006.

Güneralp, İ., Abad, J.D., Zolezzi, G., & Hooke, J. (2012). Advances and challenges in meandering channels research. Geomorphology, 163-164, 1-9.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.04.011.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., Langendoen, E.J., & Garcia, M.H. (2012). The effects of floodplain soil heterogeneity on meander planform shape. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 48(9).American Geophysical Union (AGU). doi: 10.1029/2011WR011601.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., Langendoen, E.J., & Garcia, M.H. (2012). A simplified 2D model for meander migration with physically-based bank evolution. Geomorphology, 163-164, 10-25.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.06.036.

Abad, J.D., Sequeiros, O.E., Spinewine, B., Pirmez, C., Garcia, M.H., & Parker, G. (2011). Secondary current of saline underflow in a highly meandering channel: experiments and theory. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 81(11).

Parker, G., Shimizu, Y., Wilkerson, G.V., Eke, E.C., Abad, J.D., Lauer, J.W., Paola, C., Dietrich, W.E., & Voller, V.R. (2011). A new framework for modeling the migration of meandering rivers. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36(1), 70-86.Wiley. doi: 10.1002/esp.2113.

Rhoads, B.L., Engel, F.L., & Abad, J.D. (2011). Pool-Riffle Design Based on Geomorphological Principles for Naturalizing Straight Channels. In Stream Restoration in Dynamic Fluvial Systems. 194, (pp. 367-384).American Geophysical Union. doi: 10.1029/2010gm000979.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., & García, M.H. (2010). Modeling Framework for Organic Sediment Resuspension and Oxygen Demand: Case of Bubbly Creek in Chicago. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 136(9), 952-964.American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). doi: 10.1061/(asce)ee.1943-7870.0000228.

Abad, J.D., & Garcia, M.H. (2009). Experiments in a high-amplitude Kinoshita meandering channel: 1. Implications of bend orientation on mean and turbulent flow structure. Water Resources Research, 45(2).American Geophysical Union (AGU). doi: 10.1029/2008wr007016.

Catano, Y., Abad, J.D., & Garcia, M.H. (2009). Characterization of bedform morphology using wavelet analysis. Ocean Engineering, 36, 617-632.

Abad, J.D., Buscaglia, G.C., & Garcia, M.H. (2008). 2D stream hydrodynamic, sediment transport and bed morphology model for engineering applications. Hydrological Processes, 22(10), 1443-1459.Wiley. doi: 10.1002/hyp.6697.

Abad, J.D., Rhoads, B.L., Guneralp, I., & Garcia, M.H. (2008). Flow structure at different stages in a meander-bend with bendway weirs. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 138(8), 1052-1053.

Rhoads, B.L., Garcia, M.H., Rodriguez, J., Bombardelli, F., Abad, J., & Daniels, M. (2008). Methods for Evaluating the Geomorphological Performance of Naturalized Rivers: Examples from the Chicago Metropolitan Area. In River Restoration. (pp. 209-228).John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. doi: 10.1002/9780470867082.ch11.

Mueller, D.S., Abad, J.D., García, C.M., Gartner, J.W., García, M.H., & Oberg, K.A. (2007). Errors in Acoustic Doppler Profiler Velocity Measurements Caused by Flow Disturbance. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 133(12), 1411-1420.American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). doi: 10.1061/(asce)0733-9429(2007)133:12(1411).

Abad, J.D., & Garcia, M.H. (2006). RVR Meander: A toolbox for re-meandering of channelized streams. Computers & Geosciences, 32(1), 92-101.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2005.05.006.

Abad, J.D., & Garcia, M.H. (2006). Efficient algorithm for Computing Einstein Integrals by Junke Guo and Pierre Y. Julien. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 130(12), 1198-1201.

Rodriguez, J.F., Bombardelli, F.A., García, M.H., Frothingham, K.M., Rhoads, B.L., & Abad, J.D. (2004). High-resolution Numerical Simulation of Flow Through a Highly Sinuous River Reach. Water Resources Management, 18(3), 177-199.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1023/b:warm.0000043137.52125.a0.

Abad, J., Montoro, H., & Latrubesse, E. TROPICAL RIVERS 2012: IGCP Annual Symposium, August 8 to August 12 of 2012. EOS, 94(3), 32.

Bai, H. Nuclear technology safety and prevention of radioactive terrorism. University of Pittsburgh.

Abad, J.D., Montoro, H., Frias, C., Paredes, J., & Peralta, B. (2012). The meandering Ucayali River, a cyclic adaptation of cutoff and planform migration. In River Flow 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, 1, (pp. 523-527).

Gutierrez, R.R., Abad, J.D., Parsons, D., Best, J., & Orfeo, O. (2011). Wavelets Application to Study the Bedforms of Parana River. In World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011, (pp. 2389-2397).American Society of Civil Engineers. doi: 10.1061/41173(414)248.

Motta, D., Garcia, M.H., & Abad, J.D. (2010). Parameters used in modeling sediment-laden flow in open channels. In Environmental Hydraulics - Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics, 1, (pp. 285-290).CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b10553-46.

Abad, J.D., Waratuke, A., Barnas, C., & Garcia, M.H. (2009). Hydraulic Model Study of Canoe Chute and Fish Passage for the Chicago River North Branch Dam. In World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009, 342, (pp. 3107-3117).American Society of Civil Engineers. doi: 10.1061/41036(342)314.

Motta, D., Abad, J.D., Liu, X., & García, M.H. (2009). Two-Dimensional BOD and DO Water Quality Model for Engineering Applications: The Case of Bubbly Creek in Chicago, Illinois. In World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009, 342, (pp. 3707-3721).American Society of Civil Engineers. doi: 10.1061/41036(342)373.

Abad, J.D., & García, M.H. (2004). Conceptual and mathematical model for evolution of meandering rivers in naturalization processes. In Proceedings of the 2004 World Water and Environmetal Resources Congress: Critical Transitions in Water and Environmetal Resources Management, (pp. 2048-2057).

Abad, J.D., Musalem, R.A., García, C.M., Cantero, M.I., & García, M.H. (2004). Exploratory study of the influence of the wake produced by acoustic doppler velocimeter probes on the water velocities within measurement volume. In Proceedings of the 2004 World Water and Environmetal Resources Congress: Critical Transitions in Water and Environmetal Resources Management, (pp. 2138-2146).

Research interests

Amazonian Rainforest
Archeology and Hydraulics
computational fluid dynamics
environmental hydrodynamics
hydraulics laboratory
in-stream processes
mechanics of sediment transport
near-shore processes
open channel flow
river mechanics and morphodynamics
river restoration
submarine meandering channels
Tidal meandering channels
transport and mixing processes in...
tropical rivers