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Timothy D Straub

Tim Straub is a Supervisory Hydrologist with the USGS, Central Midwest Water Science Center, Nutrient and Sediment Interactions Section located in Urbana, Illinois. Tim is also the Program Manager of the Illinois River Basin Next Generation Water Observing Systems Program and Chief of the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project.

Professional Experience

  • 2020-Present: Program Manager - Illinois River Basin Next Generation Water Observing Systems Program

  • 2019-Present: Supervisory Hydrologist - CMWSC, Nutrient and Sediment Interactions Section

  • 2017-Present: Chief, Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project 

  • 2017-2019: Chairperson for the multiagency Sediment Acoustic Leadership Team

  • 2014–2018: Surface-Water and Sediment Specialist for the Illinois Water Science Center

  • 2014-2015: USGS Co-representative for the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project

  • 2013-2015: Lead scientist of the Midwest Region Sediment and Nutrient Investigations Initiative

  • 2012-2017: Member of the multiagency Sediment Acoustic Leadership Team

  • 2011-2013: Member of the USGS Midwest Region Sediment and Nutrient Investigations Initiative

  • 2008–2014: Sediment Specialist for the Illinois Water Science Center

  • 2008-2010: Member of the Subcommittee on Sedimentation workgroup on Dam Removal Analysis 

  • 1995–2019: Hydrologist

  • 1994–1995: Student Trainee

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2007
     -Dissertation: Erosion dynamics of a stepwise small dam removal, Brewster Creek Dam near St. Charles, Illinois

  • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, 2000

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 1995

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois

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