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Stephen J. Burges

Steve Burges spent his academic career as a faculty member of the University of Washington in Seattle which he joined in 1970 as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering. He was a professor from 1979 to 2010 and is now a Professor emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington and a Professional Hydrologist in the American Institute of Hydrology.  He is a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. His principal professional interests are in the practice of civil engineering in an ecosystem context.  His main focus is on hydrology, and hydrologic and water resources engineering. He was born in Newcastle, Australia, in 1944 and completed his undergraduate degrees at The University of Newcastle, graduating in 1967 with a B.Sc. in Physics & Mathematics, and a B.E. (Hons. I), in Civil Engineering. He earned his MS in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1970, in Civil Engineering, from Stanford University.

Steve’s research work has covered the spectrum of surface water hydrology.  He has worked on many topics of societal concern in water resources planning and management, particularly concerning uncertainties associated with flood and drought magnitudes, and water supply. His recent work with colleagues includes: gravel bed river scour as it relates to salmonid spawning; measurement of rainfall -- at a point, and spatially with radar; mitigating the hydrologic effects of land-use change, particularly urbanization; determining data needed to support spatial hydrologic models; and exploring alternative reservoir release patterns conditioned on long-term forecasts.

Steve served as editor of the journal “Water Resources Research” (1981-1984), President of the Hydrology Section of AGU (1994-1996) and Chairman of AGU’s Board of Journal Editors (1996-1998).

He is a Fellow of ASCE, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ph.D., P.E., P.H., D.WRE., F.ASCE, F.EWRI
EWRI Fellow Since 2013