David Spelman

David Spelman

Associate Professor

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 2266
    (309) 677-2778


Ph.D. Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida
B.S. Civil Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University
B.S. Environmental Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University

Professional Experience

  • August 2017 - Present, Assistant Professor, Bradley University 
  • August 2012 - May 2017, Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Florida
  • June 2012 - August 2012, NASA DEVELOP Intern, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center
  • June 2011 - August 2011, NASA Goddard Intern, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center


  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • Field trips to the Peoria water and wastewater treatment plants
  • Surface Water Hydrology


Research Interests

  • Stormwater Management
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation of Unit Operations and Processes
  • Hydrologic Modeling
  • Nutrient and Sediment Transport
  • Water Resources Sustainability
  • Irrigation and Drainage in Agriculture

Select Publications

  • Spelman, D., Sansalone, J. (In press, 2017). Is the Treatment Response of Manufactured BMPs to Urban Drainage PM Loads Portable? Journal of Environmental Engineering.
  • Spelman, D., Sansalone, J. (2017). Methods to model PM clarification of unit operations subject to unsteady loadings. Water Research. 115, 347-359 
  • Kinzli, K., Shafike, N., Manana, N., Spelman, D. (2014). Determining the interaction between the Rio Grande and riverside drains using an ADCP. River Research and Applications. 30 (2), 259-267
  • Spelman, D., Kinzli, K., Kunberger, T. (2013). Calibration of the 10-HS Soil Moisture Sensor on Floridian Agricultural Soils. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. 139 (12), 965-971



  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI)

Licensures and Certifications


  • EIT (Florida)

Recognition and Awards

  • 2017 UF EES Outstanding Graduate Student Award
  • 2013 AWRA Florida Student Research Poster Contest: 2nd Place
  • 2010 FGCU Whitaker School of Engineering Honors Society Award