Kathleen Smits, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Smits Research Group - Teaching

Teaching

Kate has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in fluid mechanics, surface and groundwater hydrology, contaminant transport, hazardous waste site remediation, introductory environmental engineering, introductory civil engineering and field engineering. Her current courses include:

  • CEEN 310 - Fluid Mechanics for Civil and Environmental Engineers
    This course focuses on the study and application of principles of incompressible fluid mechanics. Topics include: hydrostatic forces on submerged surfaces, buoyancy, control volume analysis, conservation of mass, fluid motion, Bernoulli's equation and conservation of energy, momentum, dimensional analysis, internal flow (pipe systems), external flow (drag and lift), flow in open channels, and hydraulic jumps. The course will also introduce concepts about municipal water supply networks and storm water drainage and wastewater collection and treatment systems.
  • CEEN 475/575 HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION
    This course describes the engineering principles and practices associated with the characterization and remediation of contaminated sites. Methods for site characterization and risk assessment will be highlighted with emphasis on remedial action screening processes, technology principles, and conceptual design. Common isolation and containment and in situ and ex situ treatment technology will be covered. Computerized decision-support tools will be used and case studies will be presented.
  • CEEN 580 ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION: SOURCES, CHARACTERISTICS, TRANSPORT AND FATE
    This course describes the environmental behavior of inorganic and organic chemicals in multimedia environments, including water, air, sediment and biota. Sources and characteristics of contaminants in the environment are discussed as broad categories, with some specific examples from various industries. Attention is focused on the persistence, reactivity, and partitioning behavior of contaminants in environmental media. Both steady and unsteady state multimedia environmental models are developed and applied to contaminated sites. The principles of contaminant transport in surface water, groundwater, and air are also introduced. The course provides students with the conceptual basis and mathematical tools for predicting the behavior of contaminants in the environment.