John J. Ramirez-Avila, Ph.D., Ing., P.H., M. ASCE

John Ramirez-Avila

Co-Graduate Coordinator and Associate Professor

Office: 2071 Richard A. Rula Engineering & Science Complex
P 662.325.9885 or 662.325.2681
Watersheds and Water Quality Research Lab


  • Ph.D., Engineering (Water Resources Engineering), Mississippi State University, 2011.
  • M.S., Soils, University of Puerto Rico, 2005.
  • B.S., Agricultural Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 1999.

Research Interests

  • Surface and Subsurface Hydrology
  • Agricultural and Urban Non-Point Source Pollution
  • Stream and Wetland Restoration
  • Soil and Fluvial Erosion and Sediment Transport Processes
  • Channel and Watershed Modeling
  • Sensitivity and Uncertainty of Environmental Models

Teaching Interests

  • Watershed Management and Modeling
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • GIS Applications in Water Resources
  • Stream and Wetland Restoration
  • Agricultural and Urban Stormwater Management
  • Water Quality Monitoring

Service Interests

  • Chair. 2020 ASCE-EWRI Watershed Management Conference
  • Chair. BCoE Stream Restoration Working Group
  • Chair. BCoE Healthy Watersheds Working Group
  • Leader. Hydrology/Modeling Work Group. Steering Team Catalpa Creek Water Management Plan
  • Vice Chair. ASCE-EWRI Watershed Management Technical Committee
  • Vice Chair. S1063 - Quantification of BMP Effectiveness for Water Quality Protection at the Watershed Scale
  • Member. International Working Group: Comparative Analysis of Watershed Management Planning & Processes (MSU – U. of Catania)

Other Interests

  • Faculty Advisor. Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS)
  • Faculty Advisor. Society of Hispanic and Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Member. Organizing Committee Particles in the Americas Conference
  • Member. ASCE-EWRI Curve Number Hydrology Task Committee
  • Member. ASCE-EWRI River Restoration Technical Committee
  • Member. SERA 17 - Innovative Solutions to Minimize Phosphorus Losses from Agriculture