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Professor of Engineering and Director of the Picker Engineering Program
Contact & Office Hours
Ford Hall 152
Ph.D., M.S.C.E., Stanford University
B.S.E., Princeton University
In 2001, Drew Guswa joined the faculty at Smith College to help launch the Picker Engineering Program—the first engineering program at an all-women’s college. In 2009, he was named as the founding director of Smith’s Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability. In this capacity, Guswa has worked to provide students with opportunities to integrate knowledge across disciplines in support of environmental decisions and action.
As a civil and environmental engineer, he views his own research as a chance to make manifest his commitment to the environment through continually acquiring engineering and analytical skills and applying them to new challenges. He is particularly interested in the interactions between one's predictive goals and the mathematical representation of hydrologic processes. In 2015–16, Guswa was a visiting scholar at Stanford University, collaborating with the Natural Capital Project on the development of hydrologic models to support land-management decisions.
Guswa and his family live in Northampton and enjoy biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Guswa, Andrew J., P.J. Dennedy-Frank, P. Hamel, 2017. Potential effects of landscape change on water supplies in the presence of reservoir storage, Water Resources Research, doi:10.1002/2016WR019691.
Guswa, Andrew J., 2015. Reaction: Authentic, Exemplary, and Diverse, Engineering Studies, doi: 10.1080/19378629.2015.1062508.
Hamel, P., A.J. Guswa, 2015. Uncertainty analysis of a spatially explicit annual water-balance model: case study of the Cape Fear basin, North Carolina, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19, 839-853, doi:10.5194/hess-19-839-2015.
Guswa, Andrew J., K.A. Brauman, C. Brown, P. Hamel, B.L. Keeler, and S.S. Sayre, 2014. Ecosystem services: Challenges and opportunities for hydrologic modeling to support decision making,Water Resources Research, 50, doi:10.1002/2014WR015497.
Guswa, Andrew J., 2012. Canopy versus roots: Production and destruction of variability in soil moisture and hydrologic fluxes, Vadose Zone Journal, doi:10.2136/vzj2011.0159.
Guswa, Andrew J. and C. M. Spence '11, 2011. Effect of throughfall variability on recharge: Application to hemlock and deciduous forests in western Massachusetts, Ecohydrology.
Gerecht '10, K. E., M. B. Cardenas, A. J. Guswa, J. D. Nowinski, A. H. Sawyer, and T. E. Swanson, 2011. Enhanced hyporheic flow and heat transport across a bed-tobank continuum in a large regulated river, Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1029/2010WR009794.
Guswa, Andrew J., 2008. The influence of climate on root depth: A carbon costbenefit analysis, Water Resources Research, 44, W02427, doi:10.1029/2007WR006384.
Guswa, Andrew J., A. L. Rhodes, and S. E. Newell '04, 2007. Importance of orographic precipitation to the water resources of Monteverde, Costa Rica, Advances in Water Resources, 30, 2098-2112.