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Sholtes, Joel Stephen



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research overview

  • My research focuses on physical river processes (river hydraulics, hydrology, and fluvial geomorphology) with applications to stream rehabilitation, riverine infrastructure management and flood hazards. My research spans all scales of streams from understanding how restoring beaver wetlands influences headwater stream hydrology and sedimentation to how flow regulation from a reservoir impacts downstream river form and habitat.


  • natural hazards, stream restoration


selected publications


courses taught

  • CVEN 3227 - Probability, Statistics and Decision
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Introduces uncertainty based analysis concepts and applications in the planning and design of civil engineering systems emphasizing probabilistic, statistics, and design concepts and methods.
  • CVEN 3323 - Hydraulic Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    Studies hydraulic engineering theory and applications. Topics include incompressible flow in conduits, pipe system analysis and design, open channel flow, flow measurement, analysis and design of hydraulic machinery.
  • CVEN 4333 - Engineering Hydrology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Studies engineering applications of principles of hydrology, including hydrologic cycle, rainfall and runoff, groundwater, storm frequency and duration studies, stream hydrography, flood frequency, and flood routing.
  • CVEN 4837 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Supervised study of special topics of interest to students under instructor guidance.
  • CVEN 4897 - Professional Issues in Civil Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Educates students about the knowledge and skills required for professional civil engineers. Students learn about the path to a professional license, prepare for the FE exam, analyze a situation involving multiple conflicting ethical interests, identify aspects of sustainability in civil engineering projects, and understand the role of project management, public policy, business and public administration, and leadership in civil engineering.
  • CVEN 4899 - Civil Engineering Senior Project Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Provides a simulated real world design and construction planning experience where teams integrate across multiple civil engineering sub-disciplines to create a solution that satisfies multiple constraints, including design, client requirements, budget, schedule, technical, regulatory, and societal. Final deliverables include: detailed design drawings, specifications, cost estimate, project schedule, construction plan, oral and written presentation.
  • ECEN 3810 - Introduction to Probability Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Covers the fundamentals of probability theory, and treats the random variables and random processes of greatest importance in electrical engineering. Provides a foundation for study of communication theory, control theory, reliability theory, and optics. Credit not granted for this course and MATH 4510 or APPM 3570.


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