Paul Koch, PhD, PE


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Dr. Paul Koch has over 12 years of experience in water resources research, engineering, and consulting. At the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, he conducted research on the calculation of hydrologic model parameters from remotely sensed land cover and topographic data. Subsequently, as an engineer in private industry, Dr. Koch developed a variety of surface water models. His algorithm for calculating the aggregated hydrologic effect of low-impact development (LID) features has been approved for use in the service area of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and is referenced in the MMSD’s storm water guidelines.

As a technical manager, Dr. Koch coordinated riverine modeling activities for a floodplain mapping project that encompassed over 1600 river miles in a 3300-square mile watershed. He supported the delivery of environmental information to military personnel through a clearinghouse operated by the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE), and he further assisted AFCEE with the development of an e-learning web site.

Dr. Koch has served as a technical speaker in a variety of venues. Under the auspices of the Federal Highway Administration, Dr. Koch taught a continuing education course in hydrology offered at state departments of transportation throughout the U.S. He has provided technical briefings to stakeholders connected with a variety of water resources issues in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Dr. Koch is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Maryland. He is a graduate of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University and received his MS through the Technology and Policy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Nebraska, where his dissertation examined the capacity of artificial neural networks to optimize the allocation of water in irrigated agriculture. As editor, Dr. Koch produced the fourth edition of Water Sources, which is part of the 5-book series Principles and Practices of Water Supply Operations, published by the American Water Works Association.