Mark French


Mark N. French, PhD, PE, is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Louisville and served as Department Chair from 2002-2004. Mark's current areas of research focus is sustainable water treatment for drinking water to meet needs of people and industry while limiting adverse environmental impacts. Mark's research includes real-time rainfall-runoff, forecasting and managing water quality in reservoirs, sustainable water supply and wastewater treatment systems, waterway transportation logistics, and methods of effective teaching and learning in engineering. Dr. French teaches courses in mechanics, hydraulics, surface hydrology, water treatment, groundwater flow (classroom and online), and international service learning for engineering students (with travel to the Philippines). He is a faculty mentor for the Brown Fellows Scholar program at the University of Louisville, and has served on the engineering faculty in the Kentucky Governor's Scholar Program. Mark is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Kentucky, and has a PhD from the University of Iowa, Iowa Institute for Hydraulic Research, MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MEng and BS from the University of Louisville.Academic chronology:BS, MEng - Univ Louisville, 1985, 1987MS - Mass. Inst. of Tech., 1990PhD - Univ Iowa, 1992PE Civil KY - 1994Internship, USA Corps of Engineers, 1984-1985Graduate Teaching Assistant, UofL, 1986Instructor, Univ Louisville - 1987-1992Parsons Fellow, Mass. Inst. Tech.,1988-1990Graduate Teaching Assistant, Univ Iowa, 1991-1992Visiting Scholar, LCPC Nantes France - 1994Visiting Scholar, Univ Adelaide, Australia - 1996Visiting Scholar, Hydrologic Research Center, San Diego CA, 1997, 1998Assistant Prof, Univ Louisville - 1992-1997Associate Prof, Univ Louisville - 1997-2000Dept. Chair, CEE Dept, Univ Louisville - 2002-2004Professor, Univ Louisville - 2000-present


  • Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1992
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990
  • M.Eng. in Civil Engineering, University of Louisville, 1987
  • B.S. in Applied Science, University of Louisville, 1985


Ground-Level Rainfall Variation in Jefferson County, Kentucky- 2016

Permalink: © 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers Read More: Abstract: In urban hydrology, accurate temporal and spatial rainfall observations are a key factor for managing urban hydrologic systems and stormwater runoff, particularly in the current era of higher variability in recent rainfall events. To study this issue, rain gauge data from a ground-based rainfall measurement network operated by the local stormwater management agency, Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), in Jefferson County, Kentucky is evaluated. Rainfall spatial characteristics are evaluated through correlation spectrum by distance indicating a spatial rainfall variation concave relationship. The correlations at a 5-km distance are [0.63, 0.74, 0.80, and 0.86] for temporal resolutions of (15 min, 30 min, 1 h, and 3 h), respectively. A decreasing correlation with increased rainfall intensity is observed at temporal resolutions less than 1 h, and correlation increases at higher rainfall intensities and temporal resolution coarser than 1 h. This case study provides a context for the use of recent historical information to guide urban stormwater management planning through rain gauge deployment and detection of regional rainfall characteristics. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001438. © 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers.

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