Emily Berglund

Associate Professor

Dr. Emily Zechman Berglund* joined the North Carolina State University Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering in July 2011. She graduated with her B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. She is a proud graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2005.

Dr. Berglund teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in water resources engineering, hydrology, and systems analysis for civil engineering. She received Best Research-Oriented Paper Awards in 2010 and 2011 for her publications in the ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.

*Formerly, Emily Michelle Zechman


Ph.D. 2005

Civil Engineering

North Carolina State University


Civil Engineering

University of Kentucky


Civil Engineering

University of Kentucky

Research Description

Dr. Berglund's research interests are in the development of new computational methodologies to explore the influence of feedbacks among social and infrastructure systems. Her research creates new socio-technical models by integrating Complex Adaptive Systems modeling approaches with engineering models to simulate feedback mechanisms and adaptive behaviors among consumers, infrastructure, and environmental systems. New Evolutionary Algorithm-based approaches are coupled with socio-technical models to identify optimal adaptive strategies for managing sustainability, security, and resilience of complex infrastructure and water resources systems. Specifically, she is exploring the sustainability of urban water supply and protection of human health in water contamination incidents. Dr. Berglund specializes in water management; water reclamation and conservation; water security; complex adaptive systems; agent-based modeling; evolutionary computation; human behavior; and social dimensions.


Agent-based modelling approach to evaluate the effect of collaboration among scientists in scientific workflows
Shafiee, M. E., & Berglund, E. Z. (2019), JOURNAL OF SIMULATION, 13(1), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1080/17477778.2017.1387333
An agent-based modeling approach to project adoption of water reuse and evaluate expansion plans within a sociotechnical water infrastructure system
Kandiah, V. K., Berglund, E. Z., & Binder, A. R. (2019), SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND SOCIETY, 46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2018.12.040
Genetic Algorithm-Genetic Programming Approach to Identify Hierarchical Models for Ultraviolet Disinfection Reactors
Monroe, J. G., Ducoste, J., & Berglund, E. Z. (2019), JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, 145(2). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001492
Multiphase Procedure to Design District Metered Areas for Water Distribution Networks
Pesantez, J. E., Berglund, E. Z., & Mahinthakumar, G. (2019), JOURNAL OF WATER RESOURCES PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT, 145(8). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001095
Allocating countermeasures to defend water distribution systems against terrorist attack
Monroe, J., Ramsey, E., & Berglund, E. (2018), RELIABILITY ENGINEERING & SYSTEM SAFETY, 179, 37–51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ress.2018.02.014
An agent-based modeling framework for assessing the public health protection of water advisories
Shafiee, M. E., Berglund, E. Z., & Lindell, M. K. (2018), Water Resources Management, 32(6), 2033–2059. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11269-018-1916-6
An integrated approach to place Green Infrastructure strategies in marginalized communities and evaluate stormwater mitigation
Garcia-Cuerva, L., Berglund, E. Z., & Rivers, L. (2018), Journal of Hydrology, 559, 648–660. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.02.066
Assessing the effects of water restrictions on socio-hydrologic resilience for shared groundwater systems
Al-Amin, S., Berglund, E. Z., Mahinthakumar, G., & Larson, K. L. (2018), JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY, 566, 872–885. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.08.045
Toward effective adoption of secure software development practices
Al-Amin, S., Ajmeri, N., Du, H. Y., Berglund, E. Z., & Singh, M. P. (2018), Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 85, 33–46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.simpat.2018.03.006
Agent-based modeling to simulate the dynamics of urban water supply: Climate, population growth, and water shortages
Ali, A. M., Shafiee, M. E., & Berglund, E. Z. (2017), Sustainable Cities and Society, 28, 420–434. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2016.10.001

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