Daniel Fletcher, 2012, Civil and Environmental Engineering
This summer, I interned with the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. The goal of this internship was two-fold. First, to create a model of the Harry’s Brook Watershed that accurately modeled observed stream behavior and, once that was accomplished, to identify possible solutions to alleviate flooding in the Princeton area that occurs during heavy rainfalls. While I was only able to accomplish the first component of the internship during the three-month time frame, it was richly rewarding. I gained a working knowledge of the Watershed Modeling System (WMS) and the Gridded Surface Subsurface Hydrologic Analysis (GSSHA) softwares and I learned more than I ever thought possible about urban hydrology. This opportunity has also influenced my academic path, as my thesis is now on coastal flooding issues and has changed my job search, which was previously only focused on structural engineering, to include more of an environmental emphasis.