Hi, my name is Kevin. I'm an environmental engineer with experience in water quality modeling, lake and reservoir management, limnology, and drinking water treatment.

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Education
May 2015
Ph.D. Civil Engineering
Virginia Tech

Dissertation: Predicting induced sediment oxygen demand in oxygenated lakes and reservoirs

May 2012
M.S. Environmental Engineering
Virginia Tech

Thesis: Modeling Manganese Sorption and Oxidation During Filtration
Published in Journal AWWA, February 2015

December 2009
B.S. Environmental Engineering
Michigan Technological University

International Minor in German
Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Experience
2015 - Present
Environmental Engineer
Hydros Consulting

- Developed water-quality models using CE-QUAL-W2 to estimate water quality in two proposed reservoirs
- Assisted with development and application of a custom 1-D river water-quality model
-Analyzed data and prepared the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Annual Operational and Water-Quality Reports for the Three Lakes System in Colorado
- Prepared proposals, budgets, and scopes of work for bidding on projects in response to RFPs and RFQs

2010 - 2015
PhD Candidate & Lake Management Researcher
Virginia Tech

- Investigated the relationship between turbulence and sediment oxygen demand in two lakes, comparing in situ field data with existing models of interfacial flux
- Fit kinetic models for oxygen consumption to in situ oxygen microprofiles in lake sediment
- Applied a coupled bubble-plume and 3-D hydrodynamic model to two lakes and modified the source code to account for spatial variability in sediment oxygen demand as a function of turbulence
- Planned, coordinated, and conduced three major, continuous field-sampling campaigns ranging from one to four weeks in duration on a water-supply reservoir in Virginia and a lake in Switzerland
- Analyzed temperature, oxygen, velocity, and turbulence data collected during field campaigns
- Created a computer model for simulating manganese removal from drinking water via adsorption to oxide-coated filter media and subsequent oxidation by free chlorine
- Published scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and a report for the Water Research Foundation
- Assisted writing and preparing research grant proposals
- Collaborated with leading scientists and engineers from the United States, Switzerland, Australia, and Spain

2010 - 2012
Water Operations Engineering Intern
Western Virginia Water Authority

- Managed hypolimnetic oxygenation systems in two water-supply reservoirs
- Organized and implemented programs for monitoring reservoir water quality and hypolimnetic oxygenation systems
- Evaluated the performance of a mechanical surface mixer for controlling algae and cyanobacteria
- Trained coworkers to use sampling equipment and interpret data

2008 - 2009
Undergraduate Lake Research Assistant
Michigan Technological University

- Conduced assays of labile carbon in lake sediments under aerobic and anaerobic conditions
- Characterized lake sediments from Onondaga Lake in New York
- Participated in a seven-day research cruise aboard the EPA R/V Lake Guardian on Lake Superior, collecting physical, chemical, and biological samples

2009
Engineering Senior Design (Capstone) Project
Michigan Technological University

- Designed and proposed improvements to the spring-box and gravity-fed water distribution in Punta Sirain, Panama, a small native fishing village
- Visited Punta Sirain to interview village leaders, assess current water supply infrastructure, and collect land survey data

2007 - 2008
Landfill Engineering Co-op/Intern
Golder Associates

- Performed QA/QC duties at four municipal solid waste landfill construction sites in three states
- Collected and analyzed hundreds of soil, concrete, and groundwater samples
- Assisted in writing and compiling two landfill construction certification reports

2006
Surveying Intern
Wilcox Associates

- Assisted professional land surveyors in performing construction staking and property boundary delineation surveys.

Skills
Water Quality Modeling
Lake & Reservoir Management
Matlab
ArcGIS
Environmental Sampling
FORTRAN
Data Analysis & Visualization
German
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  • Name: Kevin Bierlein
  • E-mail: kevin@kabierlein.com
  • Phone: +1 989.280.0945

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