Welcome Dr. Enrica Viparelli
Dr. Enrica Viparelli obtained all her degrees from the Department of Hydraulic and
Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy. During her doctoral
studies, she spent one year and a half to work on her dissertation thesis at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she continued her studies and
research supervised by professor Gary Parker as post-doctoral research associate,
since January 2008.
In these four years she has been involved in experimental and numerical projects
to study sediment transport and deposition in fluvial, deltaic and submarine environment.
Most of her numerical work has been focused in the development of river/delta restoration
tools in the context of the NCED (National Centre for Earth Surface Dynamics, an
NSF Science and Technology Centre) multidisciplinary effort to develop detailed
long-term sediment budgets in the Minnesota River basin, Minnesota, and to restore
the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana.
In the very near future she will continue her collaboration on the restoration of
the Mississippi Delta, and her studies on transport and deposition of sediment with
uniform grain size and different densities. In a relatively near future she hopes
to start working, among other things, on a probabilistic framework to model transport
of non-uniform sediment, on how the interaction between a river and its floodplain
changes for increasing concentrations of very fine sediment in suspension, and on
new projects in collaboration with other faculty members of the department.