Elizabeth Fassman-Beck

Principal Engineer
CrossDepartmentalTechnicalSupport

Dr. Elizabeth Fassman-Beck
Elizabeth is a Principal Engineer in Cross-Departmental Technical Support. She received her Ph.D. and M.S.in civil engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and her B.S. in civil and Environmental from Duke University, North Carolina.

Education:

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2002

MSc., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1998

BSE, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1996

Professional Experience:

University of Auckland (New Zealand), Senior Lecturer (USA equivalent of Assoc. Professor), 2007-2013
University of Auckland (New Zealand), Lecturer (USA equivalent of Assist. Professor), 2004-2007
University of Colorado at Denver, Honorary Instructor, 2003
2002-2004, Consultant: Wright Water Engineers, Denver, Colorado, USA, 2002-2004

Honors And Awards:

ASCE New Jersey Chapter Educator of the Year, 2018

Turner Designs Student Travel Stipend Award, USC, 2017

2ND Place USEPA Campus RainWorks Challenge (national design competition), Faculty advisor. 2017 Top 8 finisher, 2015

ASCE Wesley W. Horner Award from ASCE/EWRI for the publication Fassman and Simcock (2012), 2014

Outstanding Reviewer Award, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 2012.

Academic Lion I Scholarship, VUSC, 2006-2009

Professional Appointments

Director of a Regional Center of Living Architecture Excellence, designated by the industry association, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, 2018-ongoing
US EPA Board of Scientific Counsellors, Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Subcommitte, 2017-ongoing
Associate Editor: ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering; ASCE Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment; Editorial Board Member: Urban Water Journal

Conference Panellist: EWRI Low Impact Development Conference (Seattle 2008, St. Paul 2013, Nashville 2018), Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Symposium (2012), 6th International Conference on the Sustainable Water Environment (University of Delaware 2009).

Middletown, NJ Environmental Commission (Dec. 2017-ongoing).

Stevens Institute of Technology Board of Trustees Infrastructure Committee (2017-ongoing); Academic Appeals Committee (2016-2018); Univ. of Auckland Faculty Infrastructure and Environment Research Theme Leader (2013)

Professional Societies And Certifications:

Elected Member of the EWRI/ASCE Urban Water Resources Research Council Core Group (2012-2018);

Chair BMP Database Teaching Tools Task Committee (2018-ongoing); Member Permeable Pavement Task Committee (2012-2015).

• Elected Member of the Joint Committee on Urban Drainage (JCUD), a limited-membership coordinating committee (1 person per country) between the IWA and International Association of Hydraulics Research 2011-2017.

Member: International Water Association (IWA); Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI)

Publications:

Smith, J., Ohlmann, C., Dojiri, M., Cash, C., Abderrahim, M., Caron, D.A., (in prep). Nearshore wastewater discharge generates three distinct phytoplankton blooms: A ‘natural’ experiment in Santa Monica Bay, California.

Smith, J., Connell, P., Evans, R.H, Gellene, A.G., Howard, M.D.A., Jones, B.H., Kaveggia, S., Palmer, L., Schnetzer, A., Seegers, B.N., Seubert, E. L., Tatters, A. O., and Caron, D.A. 2018. A decade and a half of Pseudo-nitzschia spp. and domoic acid along the coast of southern California. Harmful Algae.

Smith J., Gellene, A.G., Hubbard, K.A., Bowers, H.A., Kudela, R.M., Negrey, K., and Caron, D.A., 2018. Pseudo-nitzschia species composition affects domoic acid in the plankton during two consecutive years in the Southern California Bight. Journal of Plankton Research.

Trinh, R. C., Fichot, C.G., Gierach, M.M., Holt, B., Malakar, N. K., Hulley, G., Smith, J., 2017. Application of Landsat 8 for monitoring impacts of wastewater discharge on coastal water quality. Frontiers in Marine Science.

Seubert, E.L., Gellene, A.G., Campbell, V., Smith, J., Robertson, G. and Caron, D.A., 2017. Incubation experiments to determine the response of a natural plankton community to treated sewage effluent. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.

Caron, D.A., Gellene, A.G., Smith, J., Seubert, E.L., Campbell, V., Sukhatme, G.S., Seegers, B., Jones, B.H., Lie, A.A., Terrado, R. and Howard, M.D., 2017. Response of phytoplankton and bacterial biomass during a wastewater effluent diversion into nearshore coastal waters. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.

Selected Presentations And Conference Proceedings:

Smith, J., Connell, P., Evans, R.H, Gellene, A.G., Howard, M.D.A., Jones, B.H., Kaveggia, S., Palmer, L., Schnetzer, A., Seegers, B.N., Seubert, E. L., Tatters, A. O., and Caron, D.A. 2017. A decade and a half of Pseudo-nitzschia spp. and domoic acid along the coast of southern California. 9th Symposium on Harmful Algae, California, USA. Nov 2017. (contributed talk + poster)

Smith, J. 2017. Examining Potential Triggers of Toxic Pseudo-nitzschia Blooms in the Southern California Bight Region. USC Women in Science and Engineering Bytes Seminar, California, USA. Oct 2017. (invited talk)

Smith, J., A.G. Gellene, C. Cash, M. Dojiri, and D.A. Caron. 2017. A ‘Natural’ Experiment in Santa Monica Bay, California: Potential Changes in the Microbial Loop in Response to Anthropogenic Nutrient Input. Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Hawaii, USA. Feb 2017. (poster)

Smith, J. 2016. Coastal Anthropogenic Nutrient Input and Algal Blooms: A ‘Natural’ Experiment in Santa Monica Bay, California. USC Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Department Seminar, California, USA. Jan 2016. (invited talk)

Smith, J., A.G. Gellene, A. Booth, M. Dojiri, J.C. Ohlmann, A.J. Lucas, C. Cash, and D.A. Caron. 2015. Coastal Anthropogenic Nutrient Input and Harmful Algal Blooms: A ‘Natural’ Experiment in Santa Monica Bay, California. 8th Symposium on Harmful Algae, California, USA. Nov 2015. (contributed talk)

Caron, D.A., A.O. Tatters, A.G. Gellene, J. Smith, M.D.A Howard, C. Nagoda, and L. Busse. 2015. “Go West, Young Haptophyte”: Fish Kills Attributable to Prymnesium Parvum Spread to Southern California. 8th Symposium on Harmful Algae, California, USA. Nov 2015. (contributed talk)

Ryan, J., J. Birch, H.A. Bowers, D.A. Caron, G. Doucette, A.G. Gellene, K. Hubbard, R. Kudela, R. Martin III, C. Mikulski, K. Negrey, C. Scholin, G.J. Smith, J. Smith, A. Woods. 2015.Ecological Dynamics in California HAB Hotspots: Eddy Incubation, Retention, and Subsurface Refugia. 8th Symposium on Harmful Algae, California, USA. Nov 2015. (contributed talk)

Smith, J. 2014. Dynamics of Pseudo-nitzschia in the Southern California Bight – a two year comparison. USC Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Department Seminar, California, USA. Nov 2014. (invited talk)

Yuen, A.D., J. Smith, S.K. Hu and D.A. Caron. 2014. Competitive Interactions Of The Toxic Microalga Pseudo-nitzschia With Co-Occuring Microalgal Species. WCBSURC, California, USA, April 2014. (contributed talk)

Smith, J, A.G. Gellene, P. Connell, V. Campbell, E.L. Seubert, D.A. Caron. 2013. The influence of nutrient and light perturbations on natural phytoplankton assemblages containing the toxin-producing diatom Pseudo-nitzschia. 7th Symposium on Harmful Algae, Florida, USA. Oct 2013. (poster)