Sergio Serrano

Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering


Hydrology, geohydrology, analysis of nonlinear environmental fluid dynamics, contaminant transport, migration of pollutants through groundwater systems, water resources and environmental engineering, effects of climate change on water resources. Mathematical modeling, nonlinear systems, nonlinear evolution equations, differential equations, statistics, and stochastic analysis.


  • Ph.D., University of Waterloo, Canada

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Temple University

Recent Publications

  • Serrano, S. E., 2013. A Simple Approach to Groundwater Modeling with Decomposition. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 58(1):1-9. DOI:10.1080/02626667.2012.745938
  • Udoeyo, F. F., Serrano, S. E., Weathers, A., Khan, B., Gao, Y., and Selkregg, S., 2012. Strength Performance and Behavior of Concrete Containing Industrial Wastes as Supplementary Cementitious Material (SCM). Internationl Journal of Research and Reviews in the Applied Sciences, 12 (1), 12-17.
  • Serrano, S.E., 2012. New Approaches to the Propagation of Nonlinear Transients in Porous Media. Journal of Transport in Porous Media, 93(2):331-346. DOI : 10.1007/s11242-012-9989-9
  • Patel, A.*, and Serrano, S.E., 2011. Decomposition Solution of Multidimensional Groundwater Equations. Journal of Hydrology. 397:202-2109.
    * Ms. A. Patel was a student of Dr. Serrano
  • Serrano, S.E., and Workman, S.R., 2008. Experimental Verification of Models of Nonlinear Stream Aquifer Transients. ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 13(12):1119-1124
  • Serrano, S.E., Workman, S.R., Srivastava, K., and Miller-Van Cleave, B.*, 2007. Models of Nonlinear Stream Aquifer Transients. Journal of Hydrology, 336(1-2):199-205.
    * Ms. B. Miller-Van Cleave was a student of Dr. Serrano
  • Srivastava, K., and Serrano, S.E., 2007. Uncertainty Analysis of Linear and Nonlinear Groundwater Flow in a Heterogeneous Aquifer. ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 12(3):306-318. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)1084-0699(2007)12:3(306)
  • Srivastava, K., Serrano, S.E., and Workman, S.R., 2006. Stochastic Modeling of Stream-Aquifer Interaction with the Nonlinear Boussinesq Equation. Journal of Hydrology, 328:538-547. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2005.12.035
  • Serrano, S.E., 2006. Development and Verification of an Analytical Solution for Forecasting Nonlinear Kinematic Flood Waves. ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 11(4):347-353. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)1084-0699(2006)11:4(347)
  • Serrano, S.E., 2004. Modeling Infiltration with Approximate Solutions of Richard’s Equation. ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 9(5):421-432. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)1084-0699(2004)9:5(421)

Research Interest

  • Hydrology
  • Geohydrology
  • Analysis of nonlinear environmental fluid dynamics
  • Contaminant transport
  • Migration of pollutants through groundwater systems
  • Water resources and environmental engineering
  • Effects of climate change on water resources
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Nonlinear systems
  • Nonlinear evolution equations
  • Differential equations
  • Statistics
  • Stochastic analysis

Summary of Past Research Funding:

  • Continuous funding from the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 2002 (4 grants)
  • Two grants from the U.S. Geological Survey (1988, 1992)
  • Competitive funding secured for the construction of two, state-of-the-art, research labs
  • Several private research contracts, internal grants, and international fellowships