BAE Highlight: Lucie Guertault

Hometown: Courchamp, France (which means ‘’small field”)

Educational Background: BS and MS in Fluid Mechanics Engineering, ENSEEIHT, France and Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics, University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France

What do you do? I conduct research on Water Resources Engineering, with a focus on sediment transport and water quality.

What is is project you’re currently working on? In collaboration with researchers at University of Florida, Oklahoma State University and University of Nebraska, I investigate the impact of preferential flow on contaminant transport in riparian areas, with the objective of incorporating this process into a hydrological model used for the design of surface water pollution control practices.

What made you interested in this field? During my undergraduate studies, I did a three month research internship in the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on flow conditions in the Saint Lawrence River, and I found it much more interesting than plane aerodynamics!

What is the most rewarding part of your job? I enjoy the variety in my job: I work on several research projects, do both experiments and modeling, and regularly teach and mentor students.

What is a little known fact about you? When I was 5, I fell during a hike and had a gravel stuck in the palm of my hand. It’s still in my hand today and I believe that I was meant to study sediment!