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Celso Ferreira


Dr. Celso Ferreira is assistant professor with the Volgenau School of Engineering. He leads the Mason Flood Hazards Research Lab (, with a focus on investigating and developing solutions that increase society resilience to water related natural hazards. The Lab is currently investigating the potential of nature to reduce hurricane induced flooding and wave impacts to critical infrastructure and coastal regions. His group research strives to incorporate future climate variability, sea-level rise and human induced environmental changes to engineering practice and design. His group is also focusing on integrating riverine, urban and coastal flooding analysis at real time, near future forecasting and critical infrastructure design.

Dr. Ferreira has written over 20 technical publications and his research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Interior (DOI), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and several private organizations. He was recently appointed a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and also an Associate Researcher at the USGS National Research Program. He has more than 10 years of experience working in consulting projects related to water resources, environmental and coastal engineering in the US and Brazil.

He earned a MEng in General and Applied Hydrology from CEDEX Centro de Experimentácion y Obras Públicas ; a MS in Environmental Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (2006); and his PhD in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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Location: 1411 Nguyen Engineering Building
Telephone: (703) 993-1782