Dr. Steve Burian is a Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources in Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama. He also serves as the Director of Science at the Alabama Water Institute.
Dr. Burian helps to catalyze multi-disciplinary water initiatives in research, education, global engagement, and community impact. His research group develops solutions to reduce risk from floods and other water-related hazards, improve performance of water systems from building to urban scales, and protect clean water. Using computer modeling, hydroinformatics, systems analysis, and field studies, his research group: contributes to the engineering of sustainable and resilient urban water infrastructure systems, including stormwater, wastewater, and water supply; works in partnership with local stakeholders, such as the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities; and is supported by local, federal, and international funding sources.
In teaching, he advances the use of project-based learning to build soft skills of students and to address critical local and global water problems in courses such as Water Resources Planning and Management, Hydroinformatics, and Sustainable Urban Water Engineering. Inspired by his long-term participation in the ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop, Dr. Burian passionately embraces opportunities to advance educational systems, and mentor students and early career faculty.
Dr. Burian has led the mentoring and professional development of thousands of faculty members in the U.S. and numerous other countries in formal and informal training programs, such as the Wasatch Experience Sustainability Teaching Workshop at the University of Utah and the National Faculty Development Program for the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. In 2019, recognizing his effort advancing faculty capacities and higher education systems in Pakistan, Dr. Burian was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan.