Gabriele Villarini, PhD, MBA

Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa
Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellow in Engineering

I serve as director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, and as a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa. My research interests focus on flood hydrology, extreme events, remote sensing of rainfall, seasonal forecasting, and statistical modeling. In particular, I am interested in examining the impact of anthropogenic climate change on extreme flooding, rainfall, and tropical storm frequency. I received an MS in civil engineering from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 2003 and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Iowa in 2008; I also received an Executive MBA from the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa in 2018. From 2008–12, I was a researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University.

Research areas
  • Hydrometeorology
  • Climatology
  • Extreme events
  • Climate change
  • Hurricanes
  • Seasonal forecast
  • Remote sensing of rainfall
  • Applied statistics
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PhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa, 2008
MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa, 2003
MBA, The University of Iowa, 2018
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Gabriele Villarini
University of Iowa
323B C. Stanley Hydraulics Lab (SHL)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

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