Faculty Profile

Albert J Valocchi

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Albert J Valocchi
Albert J Valocchi
Professor
2527C Hydrosystems Lab
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-3176

Administrative Titles

  • Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering

Primary Research Area

  • Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1981
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 1976
  • B.S., Environmental Systems Engineering, Cornell University, 1975

Biography

Albert J. Valocchi received his B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University in 1975 and did his graduate studies at Stanford University in the Department of Civil Engineering, receiving his M.S. in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1981.  He has been on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois since 1981, and currently holds the rank of Professor.  From 2004 to 2012 he was Associate Head and Director of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Valocchi teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in water resources engineering, groundwater hydrology and contaminant transport, groundwater modeling, and numerical methods.

Dr. Valocchi’s research focuses upon mathematical modeling of pollutant fate and transport in porous media, with applications to groundwater contamination and remediation.  He specializes in the development and application of models that couple physical, geochemical, and microbiological processes over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales.   Other recent research interests include geological sequestration of carbon dioxide, parameter estimation, and uncertainty quantification. He has over 110 refereed journal papers, 10 book chapters, and is co-author of the book In Situ Bioremediation.

Dr. Valocchi is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Geophysical Union, the National Ground Water Association, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Society for Engineering Education, and Sigma Xi.  From 2003 to 2011 he was Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology and is currently Associate Editor for Advances in Water Resources.  He has also served as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Environmental Remediation at Naval Facilities.

 

Dr. Valocchi has received several awards in recognition of his research and teaching accomplishments.  He was a Shell Faculty Career Fellow from 1984 to 1987, and he has been awarded fellowships to lecture and conduct research from NATO and the Danish Research Academy.  In 2002 he received the Collins Award for Innovative Teaching from the University of Illinois College of Engineering.  In 2003 he was recognized as an Associate in the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois.  In 2009 he became a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, an honor bestowed on no more than 0.1% of society members.   In 2011, he was named an Abel Bliss Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois.  In 2013 he was received the Stanley H. Pierce Award from the College of Engineering in recognition of his work toward enhancing the graduate student experience. In 2015 he received the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching.

Academic Positions

  • Associate Head and Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004-2011
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, 1992-present
  • Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, 1986-1992
  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 1981-1986

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Other Professional Activities

  • Scientific Organizing Committee, XXI International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2012), University of Toronto, June, 2016.
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Modflow and More Conference, Colorado School of Mines, May, 2015.
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, XX International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2012), University of Stuttgart, June, 2014.
  • Invited Participant, Department of Energy, Office of Biologicanl and Environmental Research, Molecular Science Challenge Workshop, May 27-29, 2014.
  • Invited Participant, NSF Workshop ￿Expanding the role of Reactive Transport Modeling (RTM) within the Biogeochemical Sciences,￿ Alexandria, VA, April 13-15, 2014.
  • Board of Directors, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc., (CUAHSI) 2014-2016.
  • Invited Participant, Workshop on Pore-Scale Modeling of Multiphase Flow and Reactive Transport, Shell Global Solutions, Int., Netherlands, Jan 28-29, 2013.
  • Chair, XIX International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2012), University of Illinois, June 17-21, 2012.
  • Member, Peer Review Team, Advance Simulation Capacity for Environmental Management (ASCEM), U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management, August, 2011.

Research Statement

Dr. Valocchi￿s research focuses upon mathematical modeling of pollutant fate and transport in porous media, with applications to groundwater contamination and remediation. He specializes in the development and application of models that couple physical, geochemical, and microbiological processes over a wide range of spatial scales ranging from the pore scale (micrometers) to the field scale (kilometers).

Research Interests

  • Modeling the fate and transport of reactive contaminants in the subsurface environment; numerical methods; aquifer remediation; groundwater hydrology; mathematical modeling applications in environmental and hydrological sciences.

Chapters in Books

  • Yoon, H., Q. Kang, A.J. Valocchi, Lattice Boltzmann--Based Approaches for Pore--Scale Reactive Transport, pp. 393--431 in Pore--Scale Geochemical Processes, Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry, v. 80, C. Steefel, S. Emmanuel, and L. Anovitz (eds.), 2015
  • Valocchi, A.J., Hydrogeochemical Models, Chapter 4 in Delivery And Mixing In The Subsurface:Processes and Design Principles for In-Situ RemediationI, P.K. Kitanidis and P.L. McCarty, eds., DoD SERDP/ESTCP Monograph Series, Springer, 2012.
  • Demissie, Y., Valocchi, A., Minsker, B. & Bailey, B., Bias-Corrected Groundwater Model Prediction Uncertainty Analysis, In: ModelCARE2007 Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modeling: Credibility in Modeling, K. Kovar (Editor), IAHS Publ. 320-3, 2008.
  • Valocchi, A.J., P. Herrera and H. Viswanathan, Incorporating transverse mixing into streamline-based simulatin of transport in heterogeneous aquifers, pp. 294-304 in Groundwater Quality Modeling and Management Under Uncertainty, S. Misra, ed., American Society of Civil Engineers, 2003.
  • Simunek, J. and A.J. Valocchi, ￿Geochemical Transport,￿ Chap. 6.9 in Methods of Soil Analysis, Part 1, Physical Methods (3rd ed), J. Dane and G. Topp (eds.), Soil Sci. Amer., Madison, WI, 2002.
  • Das, B., R. Govindaraju, G. Kluitenberg, A.J. Valocchi, and J.M. Wraith, Theory and applications of time moment analysis to study the fate of reactive solutes in soil, to appear in Stochastic Methods in Subsurface Contaminant Hydrology, R. Govindaraju (ed.), ASCE Press, 2002.
  • Valocchi, A.J. and H.A.M. Quinodoz, ￿Impact of Small-Scale Variability Upon the Transport of Reactive Contaminants,￿ pp. 355-380, in Fate and Transport of Pollutants in Soils and Subsoils, D. Petruzzelli and F.G. Helfferich, eds., Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1993.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Demissie, Y., Albert Valocchi, Ximing Cai, Nicholas Brozovic, Inverse Modeling for Estimating Parameters of Groundwater Models with Uncertain Forcing Data, CMWR2012: XIX International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources, University of Illinois, June 17--21, 2012. http://cmwr2012.cee.illinois.edu
  • Haihu Liu, Albert J. Valocchi, Pore-￿‐scale simulations of gas displacing liquid in a pore network micromodel by the lattice Boltzmann method,XIX International Conference on Water Resources CMWR 2012 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign June 17-22,2012
  • Tianfang Xu, Jaesik Choi, Albert Valocchi, Eyal Amir, Improving Groundwater Flow Model Prediction Using Complementary Data-￿‐Driven Models,XIX International Conference on Water Resources CMWR 2012 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign June 17-22,2012
  • Oscar Garcia-Cabrejo , Albert Valocchi, SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS IN NUMERICAL SIMULATION OF MULTIPHASE FLOW FOR CO2 STORAGE IN SALINE AQUIFERS USING THE PROBABILISTIC COLLOCATION APPROACH,XIX International Conference on Water Resources CMWR 2012 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign June 17-22,2012
  • Oscar Garcia-Cabrejo , Albert Valocchi,APPLICATION OF FLUX CORRECTED TRANSPORT FOR MULTICOMPONENT REACTIVE TRANSPORT MODELING, IX International Conference on Water Resources CMWR 2012 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign June 17-22,2012
  • A.J. Valocchi, Y. Demissie, and T. Xu, Improving prediction of regional-scale groundwater flow models through exploratory data analysis and complementary modeling, Proceedings, MODFLOW and More 2011, Integrated Hydrologic Modeling, International Groundwater Modeling Center, June 5-8, 2011.
  • K. Nakshatrala and A.J. Valocchi, A Multiscale Finite Element Framework For Reactive Contaminant Transport In Heterogeneous Porous Media, IMECE2008-67395, Proceedings of ASME IMECE 2008 ASME Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition October 31 - November 6, 2008, Boston, USA.
  • Lin Y-F., J. Wang, and A. J. Valocchi, How to Estimate Groundwater Recharge and Discharge Maps in One Day: An ArcGIS 9.2 Application Development for Water Resources Research, Arc-User,Vol. 11, No. 1, p.32 - 35, January - March, 2008. http://www.esri.com/news/arcuser/0408/groundwater.html
  • Singh, A., D.D. Walker, B.S. Minsker, and A.J. Valocchi,Interactive Multi-Objective Inverse Groundwater Modelling--Incorporating Subjective Knowledge and Conceptual Uncertainty, In World Water & Environmental Resources Congress 2007 & Related Symposia, Honolulu, HI. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), 2008
  • Singh, A., D.D. Walker, B.S. Minsker, and A.J. Valocchi,Interactive Multi-Objective Inverse Groundwater Modelling --Incorporating Subjective Knowledge and Conceptual Uncertainty, International Conference ModelCARE 2007, Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modeling, Credibility of Modeling, Copenhagen, Denmark, Sept. 9-13, 2007.

Invited Lectures

  • Numerical simulation of multiphase flow for CO2 sequestration: work at the Illinois GSCO2
  • "Numerical simulation of multiphase flow: from pore to core scale (and beyond)"
  • Pore-scale simulation of two-phase flow with applications to geological sequestration of CO2
  • "Combining Physically-Based and Data-Driven Models to Improve Prediction of Regional Groundwater Flow"
  • Multicomponent Reactive Transport: First-order Decay to Multicomponent Biogeochemistry, Continuum to Pore, Algorithms to Applications
  • Groundwater models for assessment of irrigation pumping: Uncertainty of human impacts and hydrogeological parameters
  • Using Exploratory Data Analysis and Machine Learning Methods to Improve Pre-diction of Regional-Scale Groundwater Flow Models
  • Impact of Mixing-Controlled Reactions on the Transport of Groundwater Contam-inants: Modeling and Pore-Scale Experiments
  • Impact of Mixing-Controlled Reactions on the Transport of Groundwater Contam-inants: Modeling and Pore-Scale Experiments
  • Impact of Mixing-Controlled Reactions on the Transport of Groundwater Contam-inants: Modeling and Pore-Scale Experiments
  • Multiphase flow lattice Boltzmann modeling including geochemistry
  • Modeling and Experimental Investigations of Mixing-Controlled Geochemical and Biological Reactions at the Pore Scale
  • Impact of Mixing-Controlled Reactions on Subsurface Fate and Transport: Pore-Scale Simulaiton and Experiments

Magazine Articles

Professional Societies

  • Member, ASCE Task Committee on Long-Term Groundwater Monitoring Design, 2001-2002.
  • Illinois Groundwater Association
  • Sigma Xi
  • National Ground Water Association
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Member, AGU Hydrology Section Committee to evaluate nominations for AGU Fellows, 2010-

Service on Department Committees

  • Area Coordinator, Environmental Hydrology & Hydraulic Engineering
  • Chair, Faculty Search Committee, 2015
  • Equal Opportunity Officer, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004-2010
  • Chair, Curriculum Committee, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2006-2009
  • Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory, Director, 2004-2005.
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004-2011
  • Member, Committee on Faculty Progress, Promotion, and Tenure, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2005-2007.
  • Chair, Graduate Affairs Committee, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004-2011
  • Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Hydrosystems, 2003
  • Chair, Advisory Committee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2000-2001

Service on College Committees

  • Chair, Ad-Hoc Committee on Naming Conventions for Masters Degrees, 2011
  • Member, Steering Committee, Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Program, 2000-2003
  • SURGE Advisory Committee, UIUC College of Engineering, 2004-2011

Service on Campus Committees

  • Panel Member, "How Faculty Search Committees Operate," sponsored by the Graduate College, Jan. 2014
  • Review Committee for Blue Waters Professors, 2013
  • Member, Committee to Evaluate Block Grant Applications for Graduate College Fellowships
  • Member, Senate Committee on Student Discipline, 2013-2015
  • Faculty Senate Representative, 2013-2015
  • Steering Committee Member, 2013 Ethics Awareness Week, National Center for Professional and Research Ethics
  • Goldwater Scholarship Evaluation Committee, 2011
  • Member, Committee on Assessment of Doctoral Program, Graduate College, 2010-2011
  • Member, Graduate College Executive Committee, 2010-2012
  • Member, Project Team "Graduate College," Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois, 2010

Service to Federal and State Government

  • Member, Peer Review Team, Advance Simulation Capacity for Environmental Management (ASCEM), U.S. DOE Office of Environmental Management, August, 2011.
  • Chair, Committee to Review ASCEM (Advanced Scientific Computing for Environmental Management), U.S. DOE, Office of Environmental Management, Sept. 2010
  • Member, U.S. DOE Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee, Committee of visitors to review the Environmental Remediation Science Division, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Oct. 2004.
  • National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory Subsurface Geosciences Laboratory, Feb. 2004.
  • Member, Subcommittee of U.S. DOE Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee to review Idaho
  • Member, Technical Advisory Council, Illinois State Water Survey, Ground-Water Section, 1999-2001
  • Member, Committee on Environmental Remediation at Naval Facilities, National Research Council, Water Science and Technology Board, 1997-2002

Other Outside Service

  • Proposal Review, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), U.S. Dept. of Defense, 2006-2007.
  • External Ph.D. Examiner, Technical University of Denmark, May 2005.
  • Member, Extramural Committee to Review the University of California-Irvine Undergraduate Program in Engineering, 1997

Honors

  • Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching Campus Award (2015)
  • Chi Epsilon Honor Member, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois (2013)
  • Stanley H. Pierce Faculty Award, College of Engineering (2013)
  • Abel Bliss Professor (2011)

Teaching Honors

  • Appeared in Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers: Spring 1984, Spring 1986, Spring 1996, Spring 2002, Fall 2011
  • Collins Award for Innovative Teaching, UIUC College of Engineering (2002)

Research Honors

  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union (Elected 2009)
  • Associate, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois (Spring 2004)
  • Invited Lecturer, Transport and Biodegradation in Heterogeneous Groundwater Aquifers, Advanced School/Ph.D. Course, Danish Center for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (August, 2000)
  • Invited Participant, Modeling and Management of Emerging Environmental Issues: Expert Workshop 2000, sponsored by DuPont (July 2000)
  • Workshop in Mathematics and the Geosciences, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of Nebraska, Department of Mathematics and Statistics (March, 1999)
  • Danish Research Academy Fellowship to support Visiting Professorship, Technical University of Denmark, Institute of Hydrodynamics and Hydraulic Engineering (April-September, 1993)
  • Invited Lecturer and Scientific Committee Member, NATO Advanced Study Institute on ￿Migration and Fate of Pollutants in Soils and Subsoils,￿ Maratea, Italy (May 31-June 10, 1992)
  • NATO Fellow and Invited Professor, Summer School on Environmental Dynamics, Venice, Italy (1990)
  • Shell Faculty Career Fellow (1984-1987)