Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI)


Interns and staff 2016: Left to right, Jim Kipp, Richard Shook, Erika Hernandez, Dr. Lindell Ormsbee, Director, Cassie Simpson, Saeid Nazari, Edwin Ebrahimi (not pictured Kyle Peterson, Xitlaly Ramirez and Steven Hoagland). Picture courtesy of Christie Oliver

KWRRI Spring & Summer Interns 2016

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 2016. 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.

Steven continues working and studying with KWRRI into 2016

Erika: My name is Erika Hernandez; I am continuing graduate school in August 2016 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.

Erika continues working and studying with KWRRI into 2016

Laura: My name is Laura Norris, a recent graduate from the Geosciences Department at Eastern Kentucky University. I have a B.S. Degree in Geology and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. I am from Somerset, Kentucky, and enjoy being at the lake, hiking, climbing, and camping with friends and family. Working at KWRRI intermittently over the past two years has sparked my interest in water resources and love for protecting our environment. Recently I have worked with correlating Land Use/Cover Classifications and Hydrologic Soil Groups to the appropriate SCS Curve Number values, as well as produce GIS maps for the Kentucky River Watershed Watch county reports. In April 2016, I will begin a new path as a Geologist 1 with the Kentucky Division of Water. KWRRI has given me wonderful opportunities and has expanded my knowledge greatly within the environmental field.


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.

Laly: My name is Xitlaly Ramirez, but people just call me Laly. I am a junior at Steam Academy located on Sixth Street here in Lexington. My school allows me to take internships, either in the community or in research, and even lets me take dual credit college classes. I have honestly enjoyed my time here at the KWRRI and my mind is more opened to the possibilities of working into environmental studies.


Richard: My name is Richard Shook and I am currently a graduate student at the University Of Kentucky College Of Civil Engineering. I graduated from UK in the fall of 2015 with my B.S. in Civil Engineering. I plan to graduate with an M.S. in the Spring of 2017. My graduate research involves applying computational fluid codes to analyze the formation of geyser phenomena in storm sewers. My 2016 summer internship at KWRRI involved developing watershed based plans that include unique facility analysis for two bourbon distilleries in the Salter River basin. Through my internship at KWRRI I have met many interesting people, applied environmental science to a unique project, and learned of potential career opportunities in water resources.

Cassie: My name is Cassie Simpson, and I am a senior at Eastern Kentucky University in the Department of Geosciences, working towards a B.S. in Geology and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. I was born and raised in the small town of Fairfield, Kentucky. I have previously earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Classics from the University of Kentucky in December 2012. While working at KWRRI, I've been mostly focused on producing GIS maps for and assisting with the Beam Suntory Watershed Protection Plan project. Outside of work and academics, I enjoy hiking, camping, archery, gardening, and just being outdoors. The opportunities I have been granted at KWRRI have heightened my interests in the environmental field and the bourbon industry. After I graduate in December 2016, I plan on continuing my education at EKU in the Spring 2017 semester in pursuit of a Master's in Public Health degree, with a concentration in Environmental Health Science and Occupational Safety.

Saeid: My name is Saeid Nazari; currently, I am a graduate student at the University of Kentucky studying Water Resources Engineering under supervision of Prof. Lindell Ormsbee. I have planned to graduate with a M.S. in the spring of 2017. I was born in Iran and graduated from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in the fall of 2014 with a M.S. in Water Engineering. Also, I had cooperation with Center for Water System of University of Exeter located in United Kingdom. Currently, my research area is optimization of cost and performance of urban and agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) implemented in watersheds using Kentucky Nutrient Model (KYNM). Working with a great and knowledgeable group in Kentucky Water Resources Institute encouraged and promoted me through the educational goals I had in my life. In the upcoming semesters, I continue my research in order to learn more about watershed plan and computer programs related to my research area. The following link is my Google Scholar profile: