ONE TEAM, ONE MISSION

54 WATER RESOURCE CENTERS COLLECTIVELY FORM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES FOR WATER RESOURCES, WITH ONE IN EACH U.S. STATE AND TERRITORY. COME MEET OURS.​

What the Illinois Water Resources Center Does
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:
Disseminating Research Findings and other water resource information to the public
Promoting collaboration between USGS and researchers related to the most pressing water resource research needs across the country
Supporting young scientists who seek careers in water resources
MEET OUR TEAM
Yu-Feng Lin
Director

Dr. Yu-Feng Forrest Lin is the Director of the IWRC. Dr. Lin is also 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 Urbana-Champaign.

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).

Dr. Lin has devoted his efforts to serving professional communities. He is presently the Executive Editor for Groundwater, published by the National Ground Water Association.

Yu-Feng Lin
Director

Dr. Yu-Feng Forrest Lin is the Director of the IWRC. Dr. Lin is also 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 Urbana-Champaign.

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).

Dr. Lin has devoted his efforts to serving professional communities. He is presently the Executive Editor for Groundwater, published by the National Ground Water Association.

Amy Weckle
Program Manager
Amy Weckle has a B.S. in Microbiology and has been with the IWRC as Program Manager since 2018. As part of her role, 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.
Amy Weckle
Program Manager
Amy Weckle has a B.S. in Microbiology and has been with the IWRC as Program Manager since 2018. As part of her role, 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.
Maryam Ghadiri
Research Scientist
Dr. Maryam Ghadiri is a research scientist in the IWRC. 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 works towards establishing connections between IWRC and other research centers/universities to improve research collaboration, research networking and research partnership by attending different conferences and workshops.
Maryam Ghadiri
Research Scientist
Dr. Maryam Ghadiri is a research scientist in the IWRC. 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 works towards establishing connections between IWRC and other research centers/universities to improve research collaboration, research networking and research partnership by attending different conferences and workshops.
Sydney Curts
Undergraduate Assistant
Sean Welch
Undergraduate Assistant
Alara Tin
Undergraduate Assistant
Sydney Curts
Undergraduate Assistant
Sean Welch
Undergraduate Assistant
Alara Tin
Undergraduate Assistant
Blaise Torrence
Research Assistant
Joey Hartz
Undergraduate Assistant
Blaise Torrence
Research Assistant
Joey Hartz
Undergraduate Assistant
CONTACT US
Natural Resources Building
607 E. Peabody Dr
Champaign, IL 61820

iwrc@illinois.edu
(217) 200-2101