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Margaret Garcia

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Biography

Margaret Garcia is an assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. Garcia received her doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from Tufts University in 2017. Her research investigates the factors influencing the sustainability and resilience of urban water supply systems by advancing the theory of coupled systems, translating theory into actionable models, and applying these models to support infrastructure planning and policy analysis. She is currently Co-PI of a team assessing the drivers of urban water management change funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Garcia has worked with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis through their Young Scientists Summer Program and the Stockholm Environment Institute as a research intern. Garcia has also worked in industry as a civil engineer for Arup in their infrastructure group and volunteered for Engineers Without Borders designing rural water supply systems in Honduras and Peru.

Education
  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA  2017. Advisor: Dr. Shafiqul Islam
  • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California-Los Angeles
  • B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
  • B.A. International Studies, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

 

 

Publications

Hjelmstad, A., Garcia, M., & Larson, K. (2019). Effect of Drought Policies on Los Angeles Water DemandWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress.

Zipper, S. C., Whitney, K. S., Deines, J. M., Befus, K. M., Bhatia, U., Albers, S. J., Beecher, J., et al. (2019). Balancing Open Science and Data Privacy in the Water SciencesWater Resources Research

Gilrein, E. J., Carvalhaes, T. M., Markolf, S. A., Chester, M. V., Allenby, B. R., & Garcia, M.(2019). Concepts and practices for transforming infrastructure from rigid to adaptableSustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

Wallen, K. E., Filbee-Dexter, K., Pittman, J. B., Posner, S. M., Alexander, S. M., Romulo, C. L., Bennett, D. E., et al. (2019). Integrating team science into interdisciplinary graduate education: an exploration of the SESYNC Graduate PursuitJournal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Garcia, M., & Islam, S. (2019). The Role of External and Emergent Drivers of Water Use Change in Las VegasUrban Water Journal , 15 (9), 888-898. 

Konar, M., Garcia, M., Sanderson, M. R., Yu, D. J., & Sivapalan, M. (2019). Expanding the scope and foundation of sociohydrology as the science of coupled human‐water systemsWater Resources Research , 55 (2), 874-887. 

Di Baldassarre, G., Wanders, N., AghaKouchak, A., Kuil, L., Rangecroft, S., Veldkamp, T. I. E., Garcia, M., et al. (2018). Water shortages worsened by reservoir effectsNature Sustainability , 1 (November), 617-622. 

Parker, P. J., Penn, M. R., Apul, D. S., Garcia, M., & Torlapati, J. (2018). Collaboratively Developing an Introductory Infrastructure Systems Curriculum: The One Water ModuleASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , (2018).

Treuer, G., Koebele, E., Deslatte, A., Ernst, K., Garcia, M., and Manago, K. (2017).  A narrative method for analyzing transitions in urban water management: The case of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department. Water Resources Research. doi:10.1002/2016WR019658

Turlington, M, de Neufville, R., & Garcia, M. (2017). Flexible Design of Water Infrastructure Systems. In Islam & Madani (Eds.) Water Diplomacy in Action: Contingent Approaches to Managing Complex Water Problems. Anthem Press. ISBN-10: 1783084901

Al Misnad, A., de Neufville, R., & Garcia, M. (2017). Risk Distribution and the Adoption of Flexibility: Desalination Expansion in Qatar. In Islam & Madani (Eds.) Water Diplomacy in Action: Contingent Approaches to Managing Complex Water Problems. Anthem Press. ISBN-10: 1783084901

Srinivasan, V., Sanderson, M., Garcia, M., Konar, M., Blöschl G. and Sivapalan. M. (2017). Prediction in a socio-hydrological world. Hydrological Sciences Journal, doi:10.1080/02626667.2016.1253844

Garcia, M., Portney, K., and Islam, S. (2016).  A question driven socio-hydrological modeling process. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 73-92, doi:10.5194/hess-20-73-2016.

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 591Seminar
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 440Hydrology
GLG 471Hydrology
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 545Hydrology
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 792Research
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 440Hydrology
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 598Special Topics
Industry Positions

Arup, New York, NY

Civil Engineer, 2009 – 2011

Graduate Civil Engineer, 2007 – 2009

Designed site works and prepared project documentation for stormwater management, utilities, grading and erosion controls. Developed master plan strategies for stormwater management, wastewater treatment and water efficiency.

Pro Bono

Engineers Without Borders, 2003 – 2013

Design Engineer: Drinking water system, Laguintas, Honduras

Project Manager: Drinking water system, La Fortuna, Honduras

Technical Lead: Belen Health Clinic, Belen, Peru