Applied Research

BooksSeth’s focus of academic studies has ranged from fluvial geomorphology to geographical information systems to environmental economics.  Current areas of research are on the use of agent-based modeling (ABM) to investigate emergent behavior of environmental markets in the water sector.  Specific areas of interest include investments in stormwater management / green infrastructure in urban areas and how incentive-based approaches can lead to cost-efficiencies, especially in retrofit efforts.

See a description of current research here.


PhD – Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Ongoing (Expected Graduation Spring, 2016)

M.S. – Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1999.

B.S. – Civil Engineering, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN, 1995.

PhD Status

Currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering focusing on water policy, economics and systems engineering. More specifically, the area of research is on water quality trading markets and public-private partnerships (P3s) in the U.S. with a goal towards determination of key parameters and structure elements that lead to successful environmental (water-focused) market-based frameworks.

PhD Research

Focus of current research efforts includes the use of agent-based modeling (ABM) to simulate stormwater/green infrastructure investment in urban landscapes.  Investment options include incentive-based approaches, such as trading schemes, ESCO-based operations, and fee/credit programs.  Alternatively, P3s may be included in research efforts.  Results from innovative investment approaches will be contrasted with the rate and efficiency of status-quo public investment in stormwater management infrastructure.

See the following concept model that investigates project aggregation dynamics of local investment efforts.  (requires Java)

Masters Thesis

Thesis titled, “Prediction of Stream Channel Geometry in the Maryland Piedmont based upon Land Use and Urbanization,” focused on the development of a series of models that predict stream cross-sectional geometry based upon watershed characteristics (i.e., drainage area, land use composition) in the Maryland Piedmont physiographic region.  Research required an understanding of model development based upon field-gathered data related to cross-sectional as well as longitudinal stream geometry including effects of land use on stream geometry, geomorphology, geographic information systems, and statistics.

Special Research  

Researched the ENSO (El Nino/Southern Oscillation) phenomenon with regards to extreme streamflow events during seminar class while pursuing Masters degree.  He used statistical analysis to investigate correlations between warm and cold ENSO events and extreme streamflow events in the Western US.


Agent-Based Modeling of Green Infrastructure Investment, ALAM CIPTA, International Journal of Sustainable Tropical Design Research and Practice, Vol. 6, No. 2, December, 2013, Selangor, Malaysia


Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association Annual Conference, Is Stormwater Runoff a Tradable Resource?, Richmond, VA, March, 2013

StormCON, Is Stormwater Really a Resource?, Denver, CO, August, 2012

American Society of Civil Engineers – Environmental and Water Resources Institute Annual Conference, Predicting Channel Enlargement in the Maryland Piedmont (Based upon Masters Thesis), Minneapolis, MN, August, 2000