Dr. Villarini is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa and Director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering. He is a key researcher for the Iowa Flood Center, which is the only university-based center devoted solely to flood-related research and education.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2008, Dr. Villarini worked as a researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University with Prof. James Smith. He received an Executive MBA and Certificate in Leadership by the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa in May 2018.
Dr. Villarini’s research broadly focuses on flood hydrology, extreme events, hydroclimatology, climate predictions and projections, and economic impacts of natural hazards. He works with faculty in the University of Iowa College of Education to develop professional development opportunities for Iowa teachers to learn how to use real data in the classroom.
Dr. Villarini will present on his work with the Iowa Flood Center, its flood-related tools, and evidence of climate change. He will provide insight into how the Iowa Flood Center uses research to inform climate change mitigation efforts.