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Teresa B. Culver

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Program in Civil Engineering
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Systems and Information Engineering
Office location and address
Olsson 102B
151 Engineer's Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. Environmental Technology, Cornell University, 1984
​M.S. Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1989
​Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1991
Biography

My lifelong love for the outdoors translated directly into the study of environmental and water resource engineering. At UVa, I have the honor of working with a new generation of engineers who will work to create a sustainable future. In addition to developing technical abilities, I encourage students to consider current environmental challenges and to develop effective collaborative skills.

Whenever I have the chance, I enjoy exploring wild places with my husband, daughter, and son. I’m also a runner, birder, and family genealogist.

SCC-IRG Track 1: Overcoming Social and Technical Barriers for the Broad Adoption of Smart Stormwater Systems
Source: Board of Regents of the University of Michigan
September 01, 2017 – August 31, 2022
EN-DO Research in Support of SAIC's Strategic Alliance with UVA
Source: Science Applications Intrnl Corp
July 01, 2009 – December 31, 2017
EN-CE Implementation of Pervious Concrete for Stormwater Management at VDOT Facilities
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
August 01, 2015 – May 31, 2017
EN-CE Independent Review of LSPC Model: Jordan Lake Watershed
Source: Triangle J Council of Governments
December 15, 2013 – June 30, 2014
EN-CE Independent Review of LSPC Model: Jordan Lake Watershed
Source: Triangle J Council of Governments
December 15, 2013 – December 15, 2013
International: Planning for Resevoir Operation and Land-Use with Stakeholders of the Mekong Basin
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Soc., Behav. & Eco. Science
August 01, 2011 – March 31, 2013
CE 2100: Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Credits: 3
Focuses on society's interaction with water, air, and soil systems. Management of these major environmental components is examined, considering health and ecological needs and technical limitations. This course may stand alone as introduction to the current environmental challenges that we face, or as the foundation for further study in the field of environmental engineering. Prerequisites: CHEM 1410 or CHEM 1610
CE 2110: Environmental Engineering Laboratory
Credits: 1
Lab study/basic principles in environmental engineering inc. reactor theory, fate & transport in the environment, wastewater treatment unit operations, climate change dynamics, & life cycle assessment. Lab, field, & online simulations will be used to produce data for analysis. Opportunity to develop design/experiments methodologies and to work in teams on written reports. Corequisite CE 2100
CE 2500: Special Topics in Civil Engineering
Credits: 3
Applies basic engineering principles, analytical procedures and design methodology to special problems of current interest in civil engineering. Topcis for each semester are announced at the time of course enrollment. Check with the course instructor regarding any prerequisites.
CE 3210: Fluid Mechanics
Credits: 3
Studies the statics and dynamics of incompressible fluids, primarily water. The basic principles of fluid flow, energy equation, and momentum equation, are presented and applied to closed conduit flow, open channel flow, and problems of flow measurement pertinent to civil engineering practices. Prerequisite: CE 2300 or equivalent.
CE 3212: Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
Credits: 1
Laboratory study of the flow of fluids. Uses laboratory data to quantify hydrostatic forces, flow rates in pipes and open channels, forces due to impact, and flow regimes in open channels. Students conduct experiments and prepare written reports. Prerequisite: CE 2300. Corequisite: CE 3210.
CE 3800: Civil Engineering Undergraduate Seminar
Credits: 1
Students will be introduced to current civil engineering challenges and emerging solutions. Research and practical case studies will be included. Participants will summarize and explore implications of introduced topics.
CE 4110: Environmental Systems Modeling & Management
Credits: 3
The course emphasizes the formulation of environmental management issues as optimization problems. Simulation models will be presented and then combined with optimization algorithms. Environmental systems to be addressed include stream quality, air quality, water supply, waste management, groundwater remediation, and reservoir operations. Optimization techniques presented include linear programming, dynamic programming, and genetic algorithms.
CE 4210: Stormwater Management
Credits: 3
Emphasizes the management of stormwater quantity and quality, especially in urban areas. Course includes impacts of stormwater on infrastructure and ecosystems, hydrologic and contaminant transport principles, stormwater regulation, structural and non-structural stormwater management approaches, and modeling tools for stormwater analysis and management. Prerequisite: CE 3220
CE 4500: Special Topics in Civil Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Applies basic engineering principles, analytical procedures and design methodology to special problems of current interest in civil engineering. Topic for each semester are announced at the time of course enrollment. Prerequisite: Fourth-year standing and instructor permission.
CE 4990: Civil Engineering Research and Design
Credits: 3
Team-based project course focusing on design or research effort with focus in a CEsub-discipline. Involves the study of an open-ended project, including problem formulation, development of methodology, data collection from physical experiments and/or models, analysis and interpretation, and formulation of conclusions/solutions. Requisites: 4th Year Standing Civil Majors and Assignment by CEE dept.
CE 4995: Civil Engineering Research
Credits: 1–4
Study of a civil engineering problem in depth by each student using library, computer, or laboratory facilities. The project is conducted in close consultation with departmental faculty and involves survey, analysis, or project development. Progress reports and a comprehensive written report are required. May be repeated if necessary. Prerequisite: Contact individual professor for Instructor Permission.
CE 6250: Environmental Systems Modeling & Management
Credits: 3
The course emphasizes the formulation of environmental management issues as optimization problems. Simulation models will be presented and then combined with optimization algorithms. Environmental systems to be addressed may include stream quality, air quality, water supply, groundwater remediation, and reservoir operations. Optimization techniques presented include linear programming, dynamic programming, and genetic algorithms.
CE 6500: Special Topics in Civil Engineering
Credits: 3
Detailed study of special topics in civil engineering. Master's-level graduate students. Prerequisites: to be listed for each section as needed
CE 6993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member. Master's-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 6995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Master's-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 7993: Independent Research in CE
Credits: 1–12
Detailed independent study of graduate course material under the guidance of a faculty member. Doctoral-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 7995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Doctoral-level graduate student. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
CE 8001: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For graduate students who will be GTA for a course taught by CE faculty who have granted Instructor Permission for that section. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 8999: Thesis
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission

Walter L. Huber Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers 2002

National Science Foundation CAREER Award 1995-1999

Civil Engineering Teaching Award, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia 2005

Lilly Teaching Fellow 1994-1995