People

Anna Linhoss, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor 
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 
Mississippi State University

Anna Linhoss – Agricultural and Biological Engineering professor – Our People feature (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Dr. Linhoss is also the Assistant Director of the Geosystems Research Institute (GRI) and the Northern Gulf Institute (NGI), both at Mississippi State University.

Anna is interested in hydrologic and ecological systems. She applies model assessment techniques (ex. sensitivity analysis, uncertainty analysis, optimization, management scenarios, etc) to understand model applicability and reliability.

Skills:

  • Model assessment
  • Hydrologic modeling
  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Water quality modeling
  • Ecological modeling
  • Multi-criteria decision analysis

Sathish Samiappan, Ph.D. – Assistant Research Professor

Skills:

  • GIS
  • Matlab
  • Ecognition
  • Multi-criteria decision analysis
  • Machine Learning
  • Remote sensing

Mehdi Armandei, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Armandei has a PhD in Ocean Engineering from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He joined HydroEcology Lab in April 2017, and is currently working on the development of a hydrodynamic and water quality model for the western Mississippi sound. He also is the Co-PI of the National Academies of Science project to design marsh terrace sites throughout coastal Louisiana.

Skills:

  • Environmental hydrodynamics
  • Water quality
  • Sediment transport
  • Coastal restoration
  • Hydrokinetic and wave energy conservation

Pawan Upadhyay, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Upadhyay’s research bridges the areas of hydrology, water quality, water management, watershed modeling, statistics, GIS and Remote sensing.

He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from the Iowa State University (2018), M.S. in Land and Water Resources Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India (2014), and B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India (2012). In addition to his engineering degrees, he also has a graduate minor in Statistics and a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Iowa State University (ISU).

Skills:

  • Hydrologic modeling
  • GIS
  • Statistics, spatial statistics
  • R
  • Empirical modeling
  • Machine learning
  • ERDAS

Raul Osorio – Ph.D. Student

Raul Osorio is a Graduate Research Assistant from Quito-Ecuador. He got his Bachelor’s in Environmental and Development Engineering at El Zamorano University in Honduras. He completed a Master’s in Natural Resources from Kansas State University where his research was focused in Windbreaks and GIS analyses. Nowadays, Raul is doing his Ph.D. at Mississippi State University in the department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. He is using wave modeling and remote sensing to find optimal designs for marsh terraces at reducing wave energy and therefore land erosion at coastal Louisiana.

Skills:

  • GIS
  • ERDAS
  • Python
  • SAS
  • HECRAS

Catie Dillon – Ph.D. Student

As a long time lover of the beach, my research has been quite varied, but the subject matter remains the same: to improve decisions based on a better understanding of the dynamic coastal environment. My research has focused on offshore and nearshore wave analysis using numerical and physical modeling, as well as, research investigating coastal design and planning optimization. 

Skills:

  • Wave Hydrodynamics 
  • Physical Modeling of Coastal Environments
  • Planning and Design in Coastal Environments
  • STWAVE
  • Beach-fx
  • G2CRM
  • Matlab
  • Python
  • GIS

Ramin Baghbani – Ph.D. Student

Skills:

  • Digital image processing
  • Machine learning
  • GIS
  • Matlab
  • Python
  • R
  • Delft
  • HECRAS
  • ERDAS