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Philip B. Bedient

Herman and George R. Brown Professor of Civil Engineering, Rice University
Director, SSPEED Center

Dr. Philip B. Bedient is the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. He teaches and performs research in surface water hydrology and flood prediction systems, and radar based flood alert. 

SSPEED's 10th Conference

More than 150 attendees gathered for the SSPEED Center's 10th Conference, "Post-Harvey Climate and Flood Impacts on the Built Environment "at the Rice Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Over the two-day conference, over 30 top academic, consulting and governmental experts presented on a wide variety of topics, including Urban Design & Policy for Flood Protection, Climate Change and Recent Storms, Impact of the Big Freeze and Energy Systems, COVID in the Environment, and Institute for Disaster Resilient Texas. 


Meet the Team

Congrats to the spring graduates, Elizabeth Hoffmann (MS), and Raychel Bahnick (MS). Currently, Dr. Bedient's team includes two PhD and one MS students.

AIH Award Recipient

Rice University’s Phil Bedient has been awarded the American Institute of Hydrology's Ray K. Linsley Award in honor of outstanding contributions in surface water hydrology.

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Rice-Dutch Exchange

Since 2009, the SSPEED Center has maintained a technical exchange with TU Delft students and professors. Currently, two SSPEED students are participating in the NSF-PIRE program, and a recent SSPEED graduate is researching at TU Delft as a Fulbright Scholar.

Past exchange includes:

  • Bee Kothuis, Chief Representative, NBSO Texas, spoke at SSPEED's 10th Conference in April. Dr. Bas Jonkman of TU Delft and others have been a part of this tradition. 

  • This spring, CEM TU Delft Masters students visited the Rice campus to learn about SSPEED's Galveston Bay Park Plan.

  • Over the years, multiple Dutch masters students have visited the Center as they complete their research. 

  • In a joint-venture with LSU, Dr. Bedient launched the first faculty-led study abroad program for Rice University's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in the Netherlands.

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