Riley Post

Can Little Ponds Fight Big Floods?

Riley Post grew up on a small farm outside of Blue Grass, IA. He completed an undergraduate and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa and then worked for several years as a civilian Water Resources Engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers. While with the Corps, he was the lead reservoir operator for flood control reservoirs in Iowa (including Coralville Reservoir near Iowa City) and managed gate operations at 11 Lock and Dam sites on the Mississippi River. After obtaining a professional engineer (PE) license, he returned to the University of Iowa to begin a PhD in 2020. As a graduate research fellow within the Iowa Flood Center at IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, Riley’s work focuses on flood mitigation using distributed systems of small ponding locations, radar rainfall uncertainty, remote sensing, and optimized reservoir control. After completing his degree, Riley hopes to teach and continue his research as a faculty member at an R1 institution. Outside of school, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin (a PhD student in Statistics) and goldendoodle, Waldo, enjoys disc-golf, playing various musical instruments, and cheering on Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.

Riley Post
Blue Grass, IA
Civil and Environmental Engineering - Water Resources