Dr. Sue L. Niezgoda, Ph.D.

Civil Engineering

Professional Interests: Civil Engineering, Water Resources Engineering
Position:  Associate Professor
Phone:  509-313-3642
Office:  Herak 207
Email:  Niezgoda@gonzaga.edu

Elizabethtown College  Engineering, B.A. 1996

The Pennsylvania State University  Civil Engineering, B.S. 1997
The Pennsylvania State University  Civil Engineering, M.S. 1998
The Pennsylvania State University  Civil Engineering, Ph.D. 2004

Biographical Description:  Dr. Niezgoda is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Gonzaga University. She has eight years of faculty experience at the University of Wyoming, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Gonzaga University.  She teaches a variety of civil engineering courses, including Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulic Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Stream Restoration, Applied Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling, Sustainable Systems and Design, and Senior Design. Outside the classroom, Dr. Niezgoda conducts research in the areas of engineering education, hydraulic engineering, soil erosion and sediment transport, river engineering/stream restoration, and uncertainty and risk assessment for stream restoration. Dr. Niezgoda recently developed a risk-benefit assessment method for use in improving the design of stream restoration projects and is actively working to develop it into a tool for practitioner use.  Dr. Niezgoda is also actively involved in the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute, holding officer positions in committees under the Urban Water Resources Research Council (Urban Streams Committee), and the Hydraulics and Waterways Council (Urban Stream Restoration Task Committee, River Restoration Educational Materials Task Committee).  As part of the committee tasks, Dr. Niezgoda is working with others to form a consensus on the state of the art in stream restoration education and the potential for national certification.  Dr. Niezgoda is also a member of the Board of Directors of River Restoration Northwest, and an active member of the American Society of Engineering Education.