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Felipe de Barros
Associate Professor
Director of Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Program
Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California 
  • Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (2009)
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2004) 
  • Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2003)
  • CE516: Geohydrology
  • ENE512: Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • CE309: Fluid Mechanics
  • ENE300:  Contaminant Transport in the Environment
  • CE108: Introduction to Computer Methods in Engineering
Member of Editorial Boards
  • Water Resources Research (AGU-Wiley): 2017-Present
  • Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences: 2021-2023
  • Journal of Hydrology (Elsevier): 2015 - 2020
  • Hydrological Sciences Journal (IAHS): 2017 - 2018
Selected Awards
  • Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award 2023
  • NSF CAREER Award 2017
  • 2016 Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing (Water Resources Research, AGU)
  • InterPore Rosette Award 2015

​PhD Students

  • Betsabe Escobedo Rodriguez
Post-Doctorate Researcher
  • David Banuelas (co-advised with Prof. Cameron Thrash - Biological Sciences, USC) 

Visiting Scholars 

  • Andrea Manzoni (Spring 2023)
  • Matthew Harrison (Spring 2023)
  • Maria Grazia Zanoni (Fall 2022)
  • Mariaines Di Dato (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)
  • Christopher V. Henri (Fall 2013)


  • Alessandra Bonazzi, PhD Thesis (USC) "On the transport dynamics of miscible fluids in porous media under different sources of disorder" (2023)
  • Jinwoo Im, PhD Thesis (USC) "Hybrid Physics-Based and Data-Driven Computational Approaches for Multi-Scale Hydrologic Systems under Heterogeneity" (2022).
  • Maria Morvillo, PhD Thesis (USC) "Reproducible and Rapid Computational Approaches for Assessing Contamination in Natural Aquifers" (2022).
  • Calogero-Benedetto Rizzo, PhD Thesis (USC) "Efficient Connectivity Assessment of Heterogeneous Porous Media using Graph Theory" (2020).
  • Arianna Libera, PhD Thesis (USC) "Groundwater Contaminant Transport Predictions in a Sustainable Water Management Scenario" (2019). 
  • Mahsa Moslehi​, PhD Thesis (USC) "Efficient Stochastic Simulations of Hydrogeological Systems: From Model Complexity to Data Assimilation" (2018).
  • Mariaines Di Dato, PhD Thesis (University of Trento, Italy) "Innovative Approaches in Modeling Flow and Transport in Heterogeneous Aquifers" (2017) [Co-Advising with Prof. Alberto Bellin and Prof. Aldo Fiori]
  • Nima Jabbari, PhD Thesis (USC) "Hydraulic Fracturing and the Environment: Risk Assessment for Groundwater Contamination from Well Casing Failure" (2016) [Co-Advising with Prof. Aminzadeh].
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