Brian Bledsoe

Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, University of Georgia

Brian Bledsoe is Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Resilient Infrastructure, and founding director of the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. Brian holds degrees from Georgia Tech, North Carolina State University, and Colorado State University (Ph.D. Civil Engineering – Hydraulics) and has over 30 years of experience as a civil and environmental engineer, hydrologist, and environmental scientist in the private and public sectors.  Before entering the professorate, he worked as a consulting engineer and surveyor, and for the State of North Carolina as a watershed restoration engineer and coordinator of the state’s nonpoint source program.  Brian was promoted to full professor with tenure in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University prior to moving back home to Georgia in 2016.  Brian’s research is focused on infrastructure systems, stormwater and flood management, water quality, fluvial geomorphology, river engineering, and ecosystem restoration. He received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2006, served as a Fulbright Scholar in Chile in 2008, was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2017, and is past president of the American Ecological Engineering Society.

Research Areas

• hydrology, hydraulics, and fluvial geomorphology

• natural infrastructure, ecological engineering, and ecosystem restoration

• water-centered planning for sustainability and resilience

• infrastructure design and extreme events

• urban streams, stormwater and floodplain management

• highways in river environments

• water quality / quantity interactions and environmental flows