Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Brief Biography:

Dr. Fang is an associate professor in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University in 2008. He has been working on surface water and groundwater problems for over seventeen years including floodplain studies, hydrologic/hydraulic modeling, reservoir operations, and management, water infrastructure, water treatment, hydrodynamic simulation, stormwater management modeling, and water quality assessment for a number of watersheds and municipalities in Texas, Florida, Connecticut, California, and Louisiana. Not only has he accomplished many projects in drainage modeling and design, but he has also actively worked in the area of hydrologic/hydraulic analysis for flood prediction and warning in real-time. Dr. Fang has enhanced a radar-based flood warning system to achieve more accurate and timely flood forecasts. He recently developed advanced features for a real-time flood alert system for the Texas Medical Center (TMC) based on the use of NEXRAD radar data. This system is currently delivered real-time on a website (fas4.flood-alert.org) that has been tested on major flood events in Houston. This system has been operational during the last 50 storm events and successfully provided precise and timely information to the TMC emergency center. The state-of-the-art flood warning system has been able to successfully reduce millions of dollars of damage for local institutions and hospitals in the past 15 years. As a result of his work in the development of the advanced flood warning and control system for Houston and statewide model for Texas, Dr. Fang was funded by CASA, an NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) to develop the next generation flood warning system by incorporating higher-resolution radar network and hydrologic/hydraulic prediction tools. His work is being expanded as a prototype to other flood-prone areas in the U.S. He had accomplished many projects for the United State Geological Survey (USGS), TxDOT, the Clear Lake City Water Authority (CLCWA), and the Cities of Grand Prairie, Carrollton and Sugar Land in the past. Before Dr. Fang joined the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, he worked as project manager and assistant to the director in the Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice University.

Education:

• Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
• M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Lamar University
• B.S. in Environmental Engineering, Zhejiang University