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.


An empirical agent-based model to simulate the adoption of water reuse using the social amplification of risk framework
Kandiah, V., Binder, A. R., & Berglund, E. Z. (2017), Risk Analysis, 37(10), 2005-2022.
Synthesis of public water supply use in the United States: Spatio-temporal patterns and socio-economic controls
Sankarasubramanian, A., Sabo, J. L., Larson, K. L., Seo, S. B., Sinha, T., Bhowmik, R., Vidal, A. R., Kunkel, K., Mahinthakumar, G., Berglund, E. Z., & Kominoski, J. (2017), Earths Future, 5(7), 771-788.
Optimization framework to identify demand reduction strategies for shared groundwater resources
Al-Amin, S., & Berglund, E. Z. (2017), (World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2017: Watershed Management, Irrigation and Drainage, and Water Resources Planning and Management, ) (pp. 669-676).
Complex adaptive systems framework to simulate the performance of hydrant flushing rules and broadcasts during a water distribution system contamination event
Shafiee, M. E., & Berglund, E. Z. (2017), Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 143(4).
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.
Coupling agent-based and groundwater modeling to explore demand management strategies for shared resources
Al-Amin, S., Berglund, E. Z., & Mahinthakumar, K. (2016), (World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2016: Watershed Management, Irrigation and Drainage, and Water Resources Planning and Management, ) (pp. 141-150).
Exploring strategies for LID implementation in marginalized communities and urbanizing watersheds
Garcia-Cuerva, L., Berglund, E. Z., & Rivers, L. (2016), (Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater and Urban Watershed Symposium, ) (pp. 41-50).
Cellular automata modeling framework for urban water reuse planning and management
Kandiah, V. K., Berglund, E. Z., & Binder, A. R. (2016), Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 142(12).
Public perceptions of water shortages, conservation behaviors, and support for water reuse in the US
Garcia-Cuerva, L., Berglund, E. Z., & Binder, A. R. (2016), Resources Conservation and Recycling, 113, 106-115.
Agent-based modeling and evolutionary computation for disseminating public advisories about hazardous material emergencies
Shafiee, M. E., & Berglund, E. Z. (2016), Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 57, 12-25.

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LAS D05 Berglund Task 5.5 Advanced Concepts
Laboratory for Analytic Sciences(3/24/15 - 12/31/15)
National Center of Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(9/01/16 - 8/31/21)
A Research Network on Water Solutions (ReNeWS): the U.S. Southeast and Beyond
NCSU Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program(1/01/15 - 12/31/15)
LAS DO3 Task Order 2.8 Analytic Workflow - Berglund
Laboratory for Analytic Sciences(5/31/14 - 5/15/15)
DO 2 Task 3.7 - Berglund
Laboratory for Analytic Sciences(9/13/13 - 12/31/14)
An Agent-based Modeling Approach to Integrate Social Dimensions and Infrastructure Management for Urban Water Reuse
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/12 - 8/31/15)
WSC - Category 3: Collaborative Research: Water Sustainability under Near-term Climate Change : A Cross-Regional Analysis Incorporating Socio-Ecological Feedbacks and Adaptations
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/12 - 8/31/18)
An Integrated Framework for Assessing the Dynamics of Population Growth, Land Use and Climate Change for Urban Water Resources Management
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(3/01/12 - 2/28/14)