Alex McCorquodale, Ph.D.

Freeport McMoRan (FMI) Professor of Environmental Modeling

BackgroundAlex McCorquodale

Alex McCorquodale, Ph.D., is the Freeport McMoRan (FMI) Professor of Environmental Modeling in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Orleans. He holds a Ph.D. in Hydraulic Engineering from the University of Windsor, Canada. His Bachelors’ degree in Civil Engineering is from the University of Western Ontario where he was awarded the Board of Governors Medal. He is an Athlone Fellow and obtained a M.Sc. in Fluid Mechanics from the University of Glasgow. He also has a Diploma in Fluvial Geomorphology from Colorado State University.  Professor McCorquodale taught hydraulic engineering for 30 years at the University of Windsor before joining the University of New Orleans in 1996. Prior to that he worked as a hydraulic engineer for H.G. Acres, Consulting Engineers, Niagara Falls, Canada. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and the State of Louisiana. His research interests include physical and numerical modeling of environment processes involving flood control, hydraulics of water and waste water treatment systems, transient analyses of force mains and water distributions systems and shore protection. He has developed 2 and 3-D hydrodynamic and mass transport models for complex flows. His wastewater treatment models have been applied in Canada, United States, Australia and Europe. He has published more than 100 refereed articles and three books. He is a co-author of the IAWQ reference book on secondary clarifiers and the new Water Environment Federation Manual of Practice on Settling Tanks. Professor McCorquodale’ s recent work involves the hydrodynamic modeling of the Lower Mississippi River as well as the Pontchartrain and Barataria Estuaries. He was a participant in the eco-hydrology component of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan for Louisiana. He supervised field studies and numerical modeling of pathogens and nutrients in storm water discharges and tributaries that impact the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. He has also been involved in riverine and lake modeling as a part of the Ontario Source Water Protection program. He has conducted 1-D and 3-D modeling of several waste water outfalls and water intakes in the Great Lakes and the Connecting Channels.