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Boufadel, Michel

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Email: michel.boufadel@njit.edu
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About Me

 

Dr. Boufadel’s research has focused on assessing environmental systems at various scales, and on the development of technological advances at the appropriate engineering scale. His researchhas also been interdisciplinary, and has collaborated with researchers from various fields. Examples of his projects include the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the BP spill, and natural gas extraction from shale formations.

Education

 

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1998M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1992B.S. Civil Engineering, Hydraulics, Jesuit University at Beirut, Lebanon. 1988

Classes

 

Modeling Sustainable Systems (G)
CE 322 – Hydraulic Engineering (UG)
CE 321- Water Resources Engineering (UG)

Research Interests

 

1- Oil spills: Offshore and onshore.
2- Fate and transport of in multimedia at multiscales.
3- Water flow and solute transport in coastal systems (open water and subsurface).

Project

 

“Multifractal Characterization of Geologic Noise for Improved UXO Detection and
Discrimination”, SERDP/Department of Defense 09/2005-09/2007, Co-Principal Investigator.
 
“Evaluation of energy dissipation in a wave tank under continuous flow”
US Environmental Protection Agency. 09/2006-09/2007, Sole Principal Investigator.
 
“Factors affecting the lingering of the Exxon Valdez oil in the beaches of the Prince
William Sound, Alaska”, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 05/2007-05/2011,
Sole Principal Investigator.
 
 “Technical support for the Department of Transportation, Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania”. State of Pennsylvania 09/2008-09/2013.
 
“Technical support for Sustainability Trail Initiative within the Wissahickon
Watershed”. Friends of the Wissahickon 06/2009-12/2009, Sole Principal Investigator.
 
“Evaluation of the ecology at the banks of the Delaware River”, Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania 10/2010-09/2012, Principal Investigator.
 
“Evaluation of the persistence of the Deep Well Horizon oil in the beaches of the
Gulf of Mexico”, United States Coast Guard 12/2010-12/2011, Principal Investigator.
 
" Pilot studies of bioremediation of the Exxon Valdez oil in Prince William Sound, Alaska”, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 05/2011-05/2013, Principal Investigator.
 
“Evaluation of potential groundwater contamination due to extraction of natural gas
from Marcellus Shale”, William Penn Foundation 05/2011-09/2012, Principal Investigator.
 
“Groundwater contamination by methane due to extraction of natural gas from
Marcellus Shale”, Claneil Foundation 10/2011-10/2013, Principal Investigator.
 
“Advanced methods for bioremediating the Exxon Valdez oil spill", National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 03/2012-03/2014, Principal Investigator.

Journal Publications

 

Kaku, V. J. (Graduate student), M. C. Boufadel, and A. D. Venosa, Evaluation of mixing energy in laboratory flasks used for dispersant effectiveness testing, J. of Environmental Engineering, ASCE, 132(1), 93-101, 2006.
 
Ge. Y. (Graduate Student) and M. C. Boufadel, Solute transport in multiple-reach experiments: Evaluation of parameters and reliability of predictions, J. of Hydrology, 323, 106-119, 2006.
 
Boufadel, M.C., M.T. Suidan, and A.D. Venosa. “Tracer studies in a laboratory beach simulating tidal influences”. J. Environmental Engineering, ASCE, 132(6):616-623, 2006.
 
Ryan, R. J (Postdoctoral fellow), and M. C. Boufadel, Incomplete mixing in a small urban stream, Journal of Environmental Management, (81), 50-57, 2006.
 
Boufadel M. C., K. Du (Graduate Student), V. J. Kaku (Graduate Student), and J. Weaver, Lagrangian Simulation of Oil Droplets Transport due to Regular Waves, Environmental Modelling and Software, Volume 22 (7), 978-986, 2007.
 
Kaku, V. J. (Graduate student), M. C. Boufadel, A. D. Venosa, and J. W. Weaver, Flow
dynamics in eccentrically rotated flasks used for dispersion effectiveness testing, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 6(4), 385-406, 2006.
 
Boufadel, M.C., R. Bechtel, and J. Weaver, The movement of oil under non-breaking waves, Marine Pollution Bulletin, (52) 1056-1065, 2006.
 
Ryan, R. J. (Postdoctoral fellow), and M. C. Boufadel, Influence of streambed hydraulic conductivity on solute exchange with the hyporheic zone, Environmental Geology, 51(2), 203-210, 2006.
 
Ryan, R. J. (Postdoctoral fellow), and M. C. Boufadel, Evaluation of streambed hydraulic conductivity heterogeneity in an urban watershed, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, SERRA, 21 (4), 309-316, 2006.
 
Boufadel, M.C., H. Li, H., M.T. Suidan, and A.D. Venosa. “Tracer studies in a laboratory beach subjected to waves”. J. Environmental Engineering, ASCE, 133 (7), 722-732, 2007.
 
Guo, Q., H. Li (Postdoctoral fellow), Y. Xia, M. C. Boufadel, and G. Li, Tide-induced groundwater head fluctuation in coastal multi-layered aquifer systems with a submarine outlet-capping, Advances in Water Resources, 30, 1746-1755, 2007
 
Li, H. (postdoctoral fellow), L. Li, D. Lockington, M. C. Boufadel, and G. Li, Modelling tidal signals enhanced by a submarine spring in a coastal confined aquifer extending under the sea, Advances in Water Resources, 30, 1046-1052, 2007.
 
Xia, Y (Graduate Student), H. Li, M. C. Boufadel, Q. Guo, and G. Li, Tidal wave propagation in a coastal aquifer: effects of leakages through its submarine outlet capping and offshore roof, J. of Hydrology, doi:10.1016/j, 2007.
 
Li, H.(Postdoctoral fellow), G. Li, J. Cheng, and M. C. Boufadel, Tide-induced fluctuation in a confined aquifer with sediment covering its outlet at the sea floor, Water Resources Research, 43, doi:10.1029, 2007.
 
Ryan, R. J. (Postdoctoral fellow), and M. C. Boufadel, Lateral and longitudinal variation of hyporheic exchange along a mountain stream, Environmental Science and Technology, 41, 4221-4226, 2007.
 
Li, H. (Postdoctoral fellow), A. D. Venosa, and M. C. Boufadel, A universal nutrient application strategy for the bioremediation of oil polluted beaches, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 54, 1146-1161, 2007.
 
Zhengkai, L, Kepkay, P, Lee K., King, T, Boufadel M. C., and Venosa, A. D. Effects of Chemical Dispersants and Mineral Fines on Crude Oil Dispersion in a Wave Tank under Breaking Waves, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 54, 983-993, 2007.
 
Li, H.(Postdoctoral fellow), M. C. Boufadel, and J. W. Weaver, Tide-induced seawatergroundwater
circulation in shallow beach aquifers,J. of Hydrology, 211-224, 2008.
 
Zhengkai, L, Lee K., King, T, Boufadel M. C., and Venosa, A. D. Assessment of Chemical Dispersant Effectiveness in a Wave Tank under Regular Non-Breaking and Breaking Wave Conditions, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 56(5), 903-912, 2008.
 
Li, H. (Postdoctoral Fellow), M. C. Boufadel, and J. W. Weaver, Numerical simulations of the bank-storage effects of unconfined aquifers abutting open water bodies with rising water level, Ground Water, 46(6), 841-850, 2008.
 
Geng, X., Li, H. (Postdoctoral fellow), M. C. Boufadel, and Liu S., Tide-induced head fluctuations in a coastal aquifer: effects of the elastic storage and leakage of the submarine outlet-capping level, Hydrogeology Journal, 17 (5), 1289-1296, 2009
 
Sun, P. P., H. L. Li (Postdoctoral Fellow), M. C. Boufadel, X. L. Geng, and S. Chen
An analytical solution and case study of groundwater head response to dual-tide in an island leaky confined aquifer. Water Resources Research, 44(12),
W12501, 2008
 
Kaku, V. J. (Graduate student), M. C. Boufadel, and J. W. Weaver, Scaling exponents of structure functions in an eccentrically rotating flask, Advances in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Vol. 3, 2010, no. 5, 233 - 252,
 
Li, Z., K. Lee, T. King, M. C. Boufadel, and A. D. Venosa., Evaluating chemical dispersant efficacy in an experimental wave tank: 1- Dispersant effectiveness as function of the energy dissipation rate, Environmental Engineering Science, 26 (6), 1139-1148
2009.
 
Li, Z., K. Lee, T. King, M. C. Boufadel, and A. D. Venosa., Evaluating chemical dispersant efficacy in an experimental wave tank: 2- Significant factors determining in situ droplet size distribution, Environmental Engineering Science, 26 (9), 1407-1418, 2009.
 
Chen, Z, CS Chan, K. Lee, and M. C. Boufadel, Modeling oil droplet formation and evolution under breaking waves Energy Sources: Recovery, Utilization and Environmental Effects, 31(5), 438-448, 2009.
 
Liu, S., HL, Li, and M. C. Boufadel, Numerical simulation of the effect of the sloping submarine outlet capping on tidal groundwater head fluctuation in confined coastal aquifers, Journal of Hydrology, 361(3-4), 339-348, 2009.
 
Li, H. (Postdoctoral Fellow), M. C. Boufadel, Long-term persistence of oil from the Exxon Valdez spill in two-layer beaches, NATURE geosciences, 3, 96-99, 2010.
 
Abdollahi-Nasab (Graduate Student), A., M. C. Boufadel, Li, H., and J. W. Weaver, Saltwater flushing by freshwater in a laboratory beach, Journal of Hydrology, 386,1-12,
2010.
 
Xia, Y. (Graduate Student), H. Li., and M. C. Boufadel, Factors affecting the persistence of the Exxon Valdez oil on a shallow bedrock beach, Water Resources Research, Vol. 46, W10528, 17 p, 2010.
 
Boufadel, M. C., Y. Sharifi, B.Van Aken, B. A. Wrenn, and K. Lee, Nutrient and oxygen concentrations within the sediments of an Alaskan beach polluted with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Environmental Science and Technology, 44 (19), p 7418–7424, 2010.
 
Sharifi, Y. (Graduate Student), B. V. Aken, and M. C., Boufadel, The effect of pore water chemistry on the biodegradation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill , Journal of Water Quality, Exposure and Health, 2 (3), 157-168, 2011.
 
Guo, Q. (Graduate Student), H. Li., M. C. Boufadel, and Y. Sharifi, Hydrodynamics in a gravel beach and its impact on the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Journal of Geophysical Research, Oceans, 115, C12077, 2010.
 
Wei, Z.(Graduate Student) and M. C. Boufadel, Pool effects on longitudinal dispersion in streams and rivers, Journal of Water Resources and Protection, DOI, 10.4236/jwarp.2010.211114, p. 960-971, 2010.
 
Boufadel, M. C. and A. D. Bobo, High pressure delivery of tracer simulating nutrients for the bioremediation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation, 31 (1), 59-67, 2011.
 
Xia, Y. (Graduate Student) and M. C., Boufadel, Beach geomorphic factors for the persistence of subsurface oil from the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 176, 1-19, 2011.
 
Boufadel M. C., A. Bobo, and Y. Xia, Feasibility of deep nutrients delivery into a Prince William Sound beach for the bioremediation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation, 31(2),80-91, 2011.
 
Boufadel, M. C., Y. Xia, and H. Li, Modeling solute transport and transient seepage in a 6/17
laboratory beach under tidal influence, Environmental Modeling Software, 26 (7), p.899,
2011.
 
Graf, T. and M. C. Boufadel, Effect of viscosity, capillarity and grid spacing on thermal variable-density flow, J. of Hydrology, 400 (1-2), p.41, 2011.
 
Li, H. (Postdoctoral fellow) and M. C. Boufadel, A tracer study and its implication on the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 62, 1261-1269, 2011.

Conference Proceedings

 

Wickley-Olsen E. (Graduate Student), M. C. Boufadel, T. King, Z. Li, K. Lee and A. D., Venosa Regular and Breaking Waves in Wave Tank for Dispersion Effectiveness Testing, Proceedings of the Arctic and Marine Oil Spill, Edmonton Alberta, Canada, June 04-07, 2007.
 
Li. H. (Postdoctoral Fellow), Q.H. Zhao, M. C. Boufadel, and A. D. Venosa, Optimal Nutrient Application Strategy for the Bioremediation of Oil Polluted Beaches Proceedings of the
Arctic and Marine Oil Spill, Edmonton Alberta, Canada, June 04-07, 2007.
 
Bechtel R. D. (Graduate Student), E. Wickley-Olsen, M. C., Boufadel, J. Weaver, C. Barker, The movement of oil at sea due to irregular waves. Proceedings of the International Oil Spill
Conference, Savannah, Georgia, USA, May 04-08, 2008.
 
Wickley-Olsen E. (Graduate Student), M. C. Boufadel, T. King, Z. Li, K. Lee and A. D. Venosa, Regular and Breaking Waves in Wave Tank for Dispersion Effectiveness Testing, Proceedings of the International Oil Spill Conference, Savannah Georgia, USA, May 04-08, 2008.
 
Boufadel, M. C., E. Wickley-Olsen (Graduate Student), T. King, Z. Li, K. Lee and A. D. Venosa, Theoretical foundation for predicting dispersion effectiveness due to waves, Proceedings of the International Oil Spill Conference, Savannah Georgia, USA, May 04-08, 2008.
 
Lee, K., Z. Li, T. King, P. Kepkay, M. C. Boufadel, A. D. Venosa, and J. V. Mollin, Effects of Chemical Dispersants and Mineral Fines on Partitioning of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Natural Seawater , Proceedings of the International Oil Spill Conference, Savannah Georgia, USA, May 04-08, 2008.
 
Atkins, D., D. French-Mckay, J. Michel, M. C. Boufadel, and H. Li, Integrating State-of-the-Art Shoreline Interaction Knowledge into Spill Modeling, Proceedings of the International Oil Spill Conference, Savannah Georgia, USA, May 04-08, 2008.
 
 Z. Li, K. Lee, T. King, M. C. Boufadel, and A. D. Venosa, Oil droplet size distribution as a function of energy dissipation rate in an experimental wave tank, Proceedings of the International Oil Spill Conference, Savannah Georgia, USA, May 04-08, 2008.
 
Venosa, A.D., K. Lee, M. C. Boufadel, Z. Li, and T. King, Dispersant effectiveness as a function of energy dissipation rate in an experimental wave tank, Proceedings of the International Oil Spill Conference, Savannah Georgia, USA, May 04-08, 2008.
 
Boufadel, M. C., B. A. Wrenn, B. E. Moore, K. J. Boda, and J. Michel, Biodegradation Assessment Tool for Decision on Beach Response, Proceedings of the International Oil Spill Conference, Portland, Oregon, May 2011.