Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI)


Interns 2015: Kyle Peterson, Mike Stocker, Dr. Lindell Ormsbee, Director, Erika Hernandez, Laura Norris, (not pictured Steven Hoagland)

KWRRI Summer Interns 2015

Below is a short biography written by each of the students

.Steven: I am Steven Hoagland, currently a graduate student at the University of Kentucky studying Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering. After receiving a B.S. in Civil Engineering in December of 2015 I plan to graduate with a M.S. in Civil Engineering by December of 2015. I was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky and had the privilege of playing collegiate baseball for the University of Kentucky during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Outside of academics I enjoy almost all outdoor and recreational activities including golf, hunting, kayaking, etc.  During the spring and summer months of 2014 I have worked for the KWRRI on the Water Distribution System Security Projects which were funded by the National Institute of Hometown Security.

Erika: My name is Erika Hernandez; I’ll be starting graduate school in August 2015 at the University of Kentucky. I was born in Colombia, and started my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the National University of Colombia- Medellin. However, I graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico in May 2015. In the past weeks, I’ve been working on exploring new skills on KYPipe software and reviewing material on Reliability Assessments for Water Distribution Systems. In the upcoming semesters I’ll be focusing on my graduate studies and learning more about water distribution networks.


Laura: My name is Laura Norris, a senior at Eastern Kentucky University, working toward a B.S. in Geology and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Being from Somerset, KY I enjoy spending time at the lake, in addition to running, hiking, and anything outdoors. I expect to graduate in December of 2015, with plans to work for the KY Dept. of Environmental Protection as a scholarship recipient. Working at KWRRI for the second summer, has enabled me to sharpen and gain many new skills within GIS software. Creating Watershed Watch Maps and running data analysis within multiple projects has given me great insight as to what team work is all about and how to take pride in my job.


Mike: My name is Michael Stocker, and I'm a senior biosystems engineer, I worked with KWRRI for the summer in project data management and retrieval. I chose to work with KWRRI because of positive experiences in fluid classes at UK and an interest in Kentucky's waterways and to try to learn of the processes and infrastructure needed to monitor them. My primary interest is working with the energy industry in some fashion. I plan on getting a Master's Degree and I could see it being at UK. 


Kyle: My name is Kyle Peterson, and I am a senior at the University of Kentucky. I am graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in Spring of 2016, and plan on getting my Master’s in Civil Engineering in Spring of 2015. I am from Louisville, Kentucky, and a die-hard Cats fan. I was an All-SEC Flanker for the University of Kentucky Rugby Football Club, and enjoy going to the lake with friends and family. Over the course of the summer I calibrated nutrient models for watersheds around Kentucky, and I also researched possible improvements to the SCS/NRCS Curve Number Method.