Paola Passalacqua, Ph.D.
Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Cockrell School of Engineering
Perhaps the most significant way in which teaching has impacted my life is in affecting my career choice. While there are various career paths involving research, the combination of teaching and research made me choose an academic career.
Paola Passalacqua is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering in the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Genoa, Italy, with a BS (2002) in Environmental Engineering, and received a MS (2005) and a PhD (2009) in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include network and deltaic systems, lidar and satellite imagery analysis, multi-scale analysis of hydrological processes, and quantitative analysis and modeling of landscape forming processes. At the University of Texas at Austin, she teaches undergraduate courses in Hydraulics and Hydrology, and a graduate course in Stochastic Hydrology. Dr. Passalacqua has been honored with the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2014) and several teaching awards including the Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching by an Assistant Professor (2015) and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science (2016).
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