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.


A Hybrid Data-Driven-Agent-Based Modelling Framework for Water Distribution Systems Contamination Response during COVID-19
Kadinski, L., Salcedo, C., Boccelli, D. L., Berglund, E., & Ostfeld, A. (2022), WATER. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14071088
A Sequential Pressure-Based Algorithm for Data-Driven Leakage Identification and Model-Based Localization in Water Distribution Networks
Daniel, I., Pesantez, J., Letzgus, S., Fasaee, M. A. K., Alghamdi, F., Berglund, E., … Cominola, A. (2022), JOURNAL OF WATER RESOURCES PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001535
Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Water Utility Operations and Vulnerability
Berglund, E. Z., Buchberger, S., Cunha, M., Faust, K. M., Giacomoni, M., Goharian, E., … Yang, Y. C. E. (2022), JOURNAL OF WATER RESOURCES PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001560
Using a digital twin to explore water infrastructure impacts during the COVID-19 pandemic
Pesantez, J. E., Alghamdi, F., Sabu, S., Mahinthakumar, G., & Berglund, E. Z. (2022), SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND SOCIETY. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2021.103520
A K-Sensor correlation-based evolutionary optimization algorithm to cluster contamination events and place sensors in water distribution systems
Fasaee, M. A. K., Monghasemi, S., Nikoo, M. R., Shafiee, M. E., Berglund, E. Z., & Bakhtiari, P. H. (2021), JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.128763
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 Use in the Landscape: A Comparison of Water Quality and Irrigation Technologies on Behavior
Lee, J. M., Taylor, L. O., & Berglund, E. Z. (2021), WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020WR028853
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

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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)
Water Distribution Systems Management Under COVID-X
US-Israel Binational Science Foundation(10/01/21 - 9/30/22)
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 - 3/31/23)
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)