Emily Berglund


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.


Connected communities improve hazard response: An agent-based model of social media behaviors during hurricanes
DiCarlo, M. F., & Berglund, E. Z. (2021), SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND SOCIETY. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2021.102836
Developing a framework for classifying water lead levels at private drinking water systems: A Bayesian Belief Network approach
Fasaee, M. A. K., Berglund, E., Pieper, K. J., Ling, E., Benham, B., & Edwards, M. (2021), WATER RESEARCH, 189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2020.116641
Water and Wastewater Systems and Utilities: Challenges and Opportunities during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Berglund, E. Z., Thelemaque, N., Spearing, L., Faust, K. M., Kaminsky, J., Sela, L., … Kadinski, L. (2021), JOURNAL OF WATER RESOURCES PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001373
Agent-Based Model of a Blockchain Enabled Peer-to-Peer Energy Market: Application for a Neighborhood Trial in Perth, Australia
Monroe, J. G., Hansen, P., Sorell, M., & Berglund, E. Z. (2020), SMART CITIES. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities3030053
Simulation of containment and wireless emergency alerts within targeted pressure zones for water contamination management
Strickling, H., DiCarlo, M. F., Shafiee, M. E., & Berglund, E. (2020), Sustainable Cities and Society, 52, 101820. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2019.101820
Use of Social Media to Seek and Provide Help in Hurricanes Florence and Michael
DiCarlo, M. F., & Berglund, E. Z. (2020), SMART CITIES. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities3040059
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, 101412. 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), 04018139. 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

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A Citizen Science Internship Program to Quantify Racial and Economic Disparities in Lead Levels in Drinking Water Across North Carolina
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(9/01/21 - 8/31/22)
Collaborative Research: GCR: Common Pool Resource Theory as a Scalable Framework for Catalyzing Stakeholder-Driven Solutions to the Freshwater Salinization Syndrome
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/20 - 8/31/25)
National Priorities: Transdisciplinary Research into Detecting and Controlling Lead in Drinking Water
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(4/01/18 - 3/31/22)
Modeling Approaches for Predicting Water Lead Risks in Underserved Communities
Spring Point Partners LLC(8/29/17 - 12/31/18)
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)