Civil Engineering ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-30-2020


Civil and environmental engineering works at the interface of humans and the natural environment, making the environment hospitable for people and limiting adverse anthropogenic impacts on the ecosystem. Such socioecological systems are often complex and highly interconnected, and traditional engineering interventions focused on optimizing system elements result in unanticipated consequences. Resilience engineering utilizes a holistic methodology grounded in systems analysis and adaptation. This work broadly explores the concept of resilience engineering and contextualizes the approach using the case study of the Rio Chama. The resilience of the watershed is characterized in terms of its response to both traditional and resilience engineering interventions. As compared to traditional civil and environmental engineering approaches, resilience engineering can better support social and ecological well-being in complex systems over the long term.


resilience, socioecological systems, watershed characterization, systems thinking, resilience engineering

Document Type




Degree Name

Civil Engineering

Level of Degree


Department Name

Civil Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Mark Stone

Second Committee Member

Kerry Howe

Third Committee Member

Benjamin Warner