- Weaver Administration Bldg 100
Dr. Castro-Bolinaga received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, where he was part of the Baker Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory led by Dr. Panos Diplas (currently at Lehigh University). He completed his undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB) in Caracas, Venezuela. Before coming to the United States, Dr. Castro-Bolinaga worked for nearly two years as a hydraulic project engineer in a private consulting firm. During this period, he was involved in a variety of projects, such as evaluating the hydraulic capacity and operation of agricultural irrigation canals and developing flood inundations maps. Dr. Castro-Bolinaga joined the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in November of 2016 as an assistant professor.
Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB) Caracas, Venezuela
Dr. Castro-Bolinaga’s research focuses on the application of computational fluid dynamics to study phenomena related to the hydrodynamics and morphodynamics of streams and rivers. It encompasses processes governed by the dynamics of water, sediment, and contaminant transport through waterways and floodplains. Dr. Castro-Bolinaga is particularly interested on examining the geomorphic and environmental impacts that sediment pulses, such as those generated by landslides, dam removals projects, or mining-related activities, have on river corridors. These impacts include channel bed aggradation and degradation, bank erosion, floodplain deposition, increase in flood frequency, impairment of water quality, and damage of aquatic and riparian ecosystems. The occurrence of sediment pulses is expected to become more common as changing climatic conditions will influence both the magnitude and frequency of hydrologic events. Therefore, there is a need to advance our current understanding of the fundamental mechanisms that govern the short- and long-term propagation of these sediment-flow hazards under extreme flooding conditions. Dr. Castro-Bolinaga aims to improve existing numerical models and develop innovative techniques to better assess and predict the fate of sediment pulses, ultimately leading towards enhancing the capacity of riverine systems to recover from the aforementioned impacts. Dr. Castro-Bolinaga’s areas of interest include: • Environmental fluid mechanics. • Transport of coarse- and fine-grained sediment. • Computational fluid dynamics. • Predictive capability of hydrodynamic and morphodynamic numerical models.