Who we are

Water centers, which collectively form the National Institutes for Water Resources, were created by the Water Resources Act of 1964 and are funded through the U.S. Geological Survey

Yu-Feng Lin

Director

Dr. Yu-Feng Forrest Lin is a Principal Research Hydrogeologist at the, Prairie Research Institute, a Clinical Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Research Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the Director of Illinois Water Resource Center. He received his B.S. in water resources and environmental engineering from Tamkang University in Taiwan (1993), M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Connecticut (1996), and Ph.D. in geological engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (2002). Lin has devoted his efforts to serving professional communities. He is presently the Executive Editor for Groundwater, published by the National Ground Water Association

Maryam Ghadiri

research scientist

Dr. Ghadiri is a research scientist in the Illinois Water Resources Center. Her research is primarily focused on the impact of surface and subsurface hydrology on agriculture and urban applications, such as Food-Energy-Water nexus and urban resilience under climate change. Her research interests include: (1) Groundwater/surface water interaction, (2) Geothermal exchange and renewable energy, and (3) Fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing (FO-DTS) applications in water-food-energy nexus. For the Outreach program in IWRC, since the scientific research requires a diverse set of skills and knowledge, Dr. Ghadiri will try to establish connections between IWRC and other research centers/universities to improve research collaboration, research networking and research partnership by attending different conferences and workshops.

Amy Weckle

program manager

Amy Weckle has a B.S. in microbiology and joined IWRC as Program Manager in July 2018. As such, she coordinates IWRC activities, including managing information transfer activities and coordinating state and national research programs, proposal development, reporting, and external relations, as assigned by the Director.

Sean Welch

Undergraduate Assistant

Sean Welch is a current undergraduate at the University of Illinois studying Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. 

 

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Jennifer Zaragoza

Undergraduate Assistant

Jennifer Zaragoza is current Undergraduate student at the University of Illinois studying Graphic Design.

What we do

The Illinois Water Resources Center works with scientists, water professionals, and communities to address  water resource challenges at both the national and state scales. Every year, we award roughly $40,000 to university-based researchers throughout the state and help scientists working on regional issues secure funding through the National Competitive Grants Program.

IWRC is one of 54 programs funded by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) under the Water Resources Research Act of 1964 to promote and support the restoration, conservation, and best management of water resources in the United States and U.S. territories. State and territory programs are administered by the National Institutes for Water Resources, whose mission includes:

  • Promoting collaboration between USGS and researchers related to the most pressing water resource research needs across the country
  • Disseminating research findings and other water resource information to the public
  • Supporting young scientists who seek careers in water resources

Illinois Water Resources Center Fellows

Laura Christianson
Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ruopu Li
Department of Geography and Environmental Resources, Southern Illinois University

Jia Liu
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Southern Illinois University

Michael Lydy
Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University

Ashlynn Stillwell
Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Xiao Su
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Advisory Board Members

 Mark R. Ryan

Prairie Research Institute Director, University of Illinois 

Evan H. DeLucia

Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment Director, University of Illinois

Kim Kidwell

Dean of the College of ACES, University of Illinois 

Susan Martinis

Vice Chancellor of Research, University of Illinois

Organization Delegates

UCOWR Delegates at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Germán Bollero
College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences

Benito J. Marinas
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Yu-Feng Lin
Illinois Water Resources Center

Ashlynn S. Stillwell
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Donald J. Wuebbles
Department of Atmospheric Sciences

CUAHSI Representatives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Megan Konar
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Yu-Feng Lin
Illinois Water Resources Center

Albert J. Valocchi
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineerin