Curriculum Vitae

RUBEN KERTESZ
Ruben Kertesz, Ph.D., E.I.

EDUCATION:

Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Engineering) – 2011
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Master of Science (Environmental Engineering) – 2006
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Bachelor of Science (Biology) – 2003
Seattle University, Seattle, WA

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Research Assistant
Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Professor Dr. John Sansalone

Performed independent investigation of fundamental concepts related to stormwater runoff and heat transfer to develop green infrastructure including: physical experimental investigations; combined physical and advanced computational investigations;

Teaching Assistant – Environmental Resource Economics
Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Educated students in time-value of money, both inside and outside the
classroom. Taught and evaluated students’ performance in optimization
principles and risk analysis. Trained students in the following software:
@risk; Crystal Ball; Frontline Systems advanced Solver. Created video
lectures to augment in class pedagogy and held online forum discussions.

Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Contract with Florida DOT

Collaborated with three others on a Florida airports stormwater study.
Performed engineering analyses to provide onsite stormwater control by
simulating surface and groundwater interaction, improving groundwater recharge, and minimizing airplane birdstrike risk.
Design Engineer
University of Florida Water Institute Facilities Improvement
Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Designed and instrumented a stormwater unit operations
lab for the performance evaluation of BMPs. Duties included siting,
budgeting, hydraulic design, digital controls, and assistance in
installation. Project has been operational for 4+ years.

Research Engineer
Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Professor Dr. James. P. Heaney

Performed research on low impact development (LID) and optimization
techniques related to onsite stormwater control.

Field Engineer
Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Subcontract with Jones, Edmunds & Associates

Evaluated implementations of LID BMPs on properties participating in
urban infill masterplan in Gainesville, FL. Presented recommendations for improvements & credit opportunities to local & state professionals for Gainesville Clean Water (NPDES) Partnership. Contributed to report
commissioned by City of Gainesville on local watershed protection.

Research Assistant
Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Professor Dr. Angela Lindner, Dr. A. Pacheco

Assisted in measuring the performance of plants and microbiological
organisms on the remediation of chemicals TCE and terpene for use in
hazardous site remediation.

Design Consultant
Freelance
Contract with design engineer J. Rosenblatt

Performed life cycle analysis, cost-estimation, and volumetric optimization of graywater reuse system for client using high quality household water consumption data collected in the Tampa Bay area. Evaluated impact on water consumption. Articulated potential biological growth and public
health concerns and recommended solution strategies.

APPLIED SKILLS:

Computational Analysis – GIS, hydrologic modeling, computational fluid dynamics, cost-benefit analysis and optimization, risk analysis, CAD
Field Methods  – Water quality/quantity sampling and monitoring, BMP assessment, soil analysis, sensor installation and programming
Programming and Database Experience – Visual Basic, C, some JavaScript, some C++, SQL,

HONORS:

McKnight Doctoral Minority Fellowship (2006-2011)
University of Florida Alumni Award (2006-2010)
1 st  place WEFTEC national student design competition (2009)
AWRA Florida Chapter Sandy Young Research Award (2008)
Presidential Scholarship, Seattle University (1999-2003)

PUBLICATIONS:

Ph.D. Dissertation:

“Engineering Urban Transportation Infrastructure to Mitigate Thermal Pollution in Stormwater Rainfall-Runoff Using Source Control Methods,” Department of Environmental Engineering and Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, April 2011.

Master’s Thesis:

“Developing Methodologies to Evaluate Decentralized Stormwater Best Management Practices in Gainesville, Florida,” Department of Environmental Engineering and Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, August 2006.

Refereed Publications:

“Hydrologic Transport and First Flush of Thermal Load from Asphaltic Pavement”
Kertesz, R. and Sansalone, J., Journal of Hydrology, In review, April 2011.

“Temperature of Asphaltic Pavement under Varied Vehicular and Tree Canopy Shade” Kertesz, R. and Sansalone, J., Environmental Science and Technology,
Submitted for review, June 2011

“Granulometric and Metal Distributions for Post-Katrina Surficial Particulate Matter Recovered From New Orleans” Bhadha, J., Schmidt, C., Rooney, R., Indeglia, P.,
Kertesz, R., Bevc, E., Sansalone, J., Journal of the American Water Resources
Association, Vol. 45, Iss. 6, p. 1434–1447, 2009.

Papers and Conference Proceedings:

“Green Infrastructure and LID Design for a Florida Roadway Environs Subject to
Rainfall-Runoff Loadings” Kertesz, R., Maccarone, K., Raje, S., Seltzer, K., Siminari,
M., Simms, P., Wood, B., Sansalone, J., Proceedings of the 90th Annual Meeting of the
Transportation Research Board, Session 690, Washington D.C., January 2011. (Refereed)

“Disaggregated Modeling for Urban Hydrologic Controls,” Kertesz, R., Heaney, J.,
Sansalone, J., Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2007:
Restoring our Natural Habitat, Tampa, FL, May, 2007.  (Refereed)

“Methods for Investigating Onsite Infiltration Controls,” Kertesz, R., Heaney, J., 2nd
Biennial Stormwater Management Research Symposium, Orlando, FL, May 4, 2006.

Reports:

“Parameters and Design Conditions” and “Intermediate Simulation Results” In
Application Assessment for the Florida Airports Stormwater Study, Heaney, J., Sansalone,
J., Kertesz, R., Rooney, R., Raje, S., Ed. Brady, S., Submitted to Florida Department of
Transportation, June, 2007.

“Tumblin Creek Watershed Management Plan for the City of Gainesville,”
Cunningham, B., Biddlecomb, A., Heaney, J., Kertesz, R., Submitted to City of
Gainesville, December, 2005.