Fahmidah Ashraf

Fahmidah Ashraf

Assistant Professor

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 2276
    (309) 677-2943


Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Hydraulics), Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Civil Engineering (Hydraulics), University of Texas at San Antonio
B.S., Water Resources Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Professional Experience

Aug 2018 – present, Assistant Professor, Bradley University
Oct 2016 - July 2018, Postdoctoral Associate, Virginia Tech
May 2017 – August 2017, Advanced Short-term Research Opportunity Fellow, Oak Ridge National Lab
Sep 2015 – May, 2016, Lecturer, Villanova University


Fluid Mechanics
Open Channel Hydraulics


Research Interests

  • Hydraulics and geomorphology of rivers and streams
  • Channel instability at bridge crossings
  • Bridge scour
  • Risk study of hydraulic infrastructure

Recent Publications


  • Ashraf, F. U., and Johnson, P. A. (2016) “Assessing relative risk for the failure modes of a bridge scour countermeasure.” Journal of Bridge Engineering, 21(5): 04016010

Conference Proceedings

  • Ashraf, F. U., and Liu, X. (2013). “River meandering prediction: case studies for four rivers in Texas.” ASCE-EWRI World Environment and Water Resources Congress, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
  • Johnson, P. A., and Ashraf, F. U. (2016). “Using risk matrices for assessing bridge vulnerability to stream channel instability.” 2016 ASCE-EWRI Conference EWRI World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, West Palm Beach, FL.


Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI)
  • Engineers without Boarders (EWB)
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Licensures and Certifications

Honors and Awards

  • American Association of University Women, Fellowship for Graduate Students, Fall 2013
  • University of Texas at San Antonio, Graduate Student Professional Development Award, Spring 2013
  • University of Texas at San Antonio, Valero Masters’ Advanced Research Scholarship, Spring 2011 and Fall 2012
  • Penn State University, Tuition Grant, Fall 2013 and Spring, 2014