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Roy W. Koch | Curriculum Vitae


Office of Academic Affairs
Portland State University
PO Box 751, Portland, Oregon, 97207
(503) 725-5257


Ph.D. 1982 Civil Engineering, Hydrology and Water Resources Program, Colorado State University.
M.S. 1973 Civil Engineering (Hydrology and Hydraulics), The Ohio State University.
B.S. 1972 Civil Engineering (Water Resources), The Ohio State University.

Administrative Experience

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Portland State University, 2005-2012 
Director, Environmental Sciences and Resources Program, 2000-2005 (interim 1999-2000)
Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, 1992-1997
Director, Systems Science Ph.D. Program, 1989-1992
Portland State University, Portland, Ore.

Academic Experience

Professor of Environmental Science, 1997-present
Professor of Civil and Environmental, 1991-present
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, 1985-1991
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, 1982-1985
Portland State University, Portland, Ore.

Professional Experience

Visiting Scholar, Institute for the Study of Planet Earth and Department of Hydrology and Water Resources
The University of Arizona, Tucson 1/1998 - 6/1998 (while on sabbatical leave).

Research Hydrologist, Water Supply Forecasting Staff, Soil Conservation Service,
Portland, Ore.; 3/1991-9/1991 (while on sabbatical leave).

Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey
Lakewood, Colo.; 1980-1982.

Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering,
Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colo.; 1978-1980.

Hydrologist, HKM Associates,
Billings, Mont.; 1977-1978.

Hydrologist and Water Resources Engineer
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Helena, Mont.; 1974-1977.

Hydraulic Engineer, Flood Plain Management Section
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Columbus, Ohio; 1973-1974.



Koch, R.W. and A.R. Fisher, 2000, Effects of Inter-annual and Decadal-scale Climate Variability on Winter and Spring Streamflow in Western Oregon and Washington, Proceeding of the Western Snow Conference, Port Angeles, Wash., pp. 1-11.

Zwick, M., H. Shu and R.W. Koch, 1995, Information-Theoretic Mask Analysis of Rainfall Time-Series Data, Advances in Systems Science and Applications, Issue I, pp. 154-157.

Johnson, D.M. and R.W. Koch, 1992, Climate and Streamflow of the Pacific Northwest: Teleconnections with the Tropical Pacific Ocean, in: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Hydrology and Hydrogeology, M. E. Jones and A. Laenen, editors, American Institute of Hydrology, pp. 406-412.

Koch, R.W., 1992, Stochastic Simulation of Climate Input for Water Supply Forecasting, Proceedings: Water Forum '92, ASCE, Baltimore, Md.

Redmond, K.T. and R.W. Koch, 1991, Surface Climate and Streamflow Variability in the Western United States and their Relationship to Large Scale Circulation Indices, Water Resources Research, 27(9), 2381-2399.

Koch, R.W., C.F. Buzzard and D.M. Johnson, 1991, Variation of Snow Water Equivalent and Streamflow in Relation to the El Nino/Southern Oscillation, Proceedings of the 1991 Western Snow Conference, Juneau Ala., pp. 37-48.

Redmond, K.T. and R.W. Koch, 1990, Western Surface Climate, Streamflow and El Nino-Southern Oscillation, Hydraulics/Hydrology of Arid Lands, Proceedings of the International Symposium, ASCE, San Diego Calif., pp. 567-572.

Koch, R.W., 1989, Dependence of Seasonal Precipitation and Runoff Volumes on Short Term Climate Fluctuations, Proceedings: United States/Peoples Republic of China Flood Forecasting Symposium and Workshop, March 29-31, 1989, Portland, Ore., pp. 129-146.

Mtundu, N.D. and R.W. Koch, 1987, A Stochastic-Differential Equation Approach to Soil Moisture, Stochastic Hydrology and Hydraulics, 1 (1987), pp. 101-116.

Koch, R.W., R.L. Allen and N.D. Mtundu, 1987, Evaluation of a Simple Dynamic Model of Soil Moisture, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 113, No. 3, pp. 288-302.

Koch, R.W. and M.F. Kekhia, 1987, Effects of Rainfall Intensity Distribution on Excess Precipitation, Engineering Hydrology, Proceedings of the Symposium, Williamsburg, VA, ASCE, pp. 91-96.

Koch, R.W. and G.M. Smillie, 1986, Bias in Hydrologic Prediction Using Log-Transformed Regression Models, Water Resources Bulletin, AWRA, Vol. 22, No. 5, pp. 717-723.

Koch, R.W. and R.L. Allen, 1986, A Decision Support System for Local Water Management, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE. Vol. 112, No. 4, pp. 527-541.

Jones, G.A. and R.W. Koch, 1985, State Space Approach to Flood Stage Estimation, Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age, proceedings, ASCE Hydraulics Division Specialty Conference, Vol. 1, pp. 230-235.

Koch, R.W., 1985, A Stochastic Streamflow Model Based on Physical Principles, Water Resources Research, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 545-553.

Koch, R.W. and R.L. Allen, 1984, Modeling for Local Water Management, A Critical Evaluation of Forecasting in Western Water Resources Management, American Water Resources Association, pp. 149-156.

Koch, R.W., T.G. Sanders and H.J. Morel-Seytoux, 1982, Regional Detection of Change in Water Quality Variables, Water Resources Bulletin, Vol. 18, No. 5, October, pp. 815-821.

Comments and Discussions

Koch, R.W. and G.M. Smillie, 1986, Comment on "River Loads Underestimated by Rating Curves", by R.I. Ferguson, Water Resources Research, Vol. 22, No. 12, pp. 2121-2122.

Technical Reports

Sytsma. M., R. Petersen, J. Rueter, R.W. Koch, S.A. Wells, R. Miller, L. Jonson and R. Annear, 2004, Waldo Lake Research in 2003, submitted to the U.S. Forest Service, Willamette National Forest, Eugene, Ore.

Koch, R.W., 1998, Verification of Snake River Streamflow Augmentation: a case study of the Payette River, report submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service, Portland, Ore.

Koch, R.W. and D. Buller, 1993, Forecasting Seasonal Streamflow: Columbia River at the Dalles, report submitted to the Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Ore.

Koch, R.W., D.M. Johnson and D. Buller, 1992, Climate and Streamflow Variability in the Columbia River Basin: Implications for Seasonal Streamflow Forecasting, report submitted to the Bonneville Power Administration.

Koch, R.W., 1990, Influence of Climate Variability on Streamflow Variability: Implications in Streamflow Prediction and Forecasting, final report for grant award no. 14-08-0001-G1316, U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Research Program.

Aroner, E.R. and R.W. Koch, 1987, User's Manual for the Tillamook Bay Bacteria Model, report to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Ore.

Koch, R.W., 1987, The Stochastic Behavior of Soil Moisture in Relation to Streamflow Prediction, Final Report to the National Science Foundation for grant CEE-8404738.

Koch, R.W. and E.R. Aroner, 1986, Model Approaches and Data Requirements for Simulation of Bacteria Concentrations in Tillamook Bay, Interim report to Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Ore.

Allen, R.L. and R.W. Koch, 1985, User's Manual for a Decision Support System for Local Water Management (with program disks for the Apple IIe), Department of Civil Engineering, Portland State University, Portland, Ore.

Putman, D. and R.W. Koch, 1985, Forecasting and Forecast Error in Local Water Management, Water Resources Research Institute, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.

Koch, R.W., 1985, Optimal Estimation in Hydrology, text for a short course presented to the North Pacific Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Northwest River Forecast Center, National Weather Service, October, 1985, 81 pp.

Koch, R. W., 1984, Applicability of Microcomputers for Managing Water Use in Small River Basins, Report WRRI-97, Water Resources Research Institute, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.

Simpson, A.R., H.J. Morel-Seytoux, F.C. Baker, G.C. Mishra, J.Daubert, R.W. Koch, R.A. Young and W.T. Franklin, 1980, Hydrologic Study of San Luis Valley, Colorado using a Stream-Aquifer Interactive Model, HYDROWAR Program, CER80-81ARS-HJM-GCM-JD-RWK-RAY-WTF30, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

Koch, R.W., T.G. Sanders and H.J. Morel-Seytoux, 1980, Detection of Water Quality Changes through Optimal Tests and Reliability of Tests, Colorado Water Resources Research Institute, Completion Report No. 104, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

Koch, R.W., R. Curry and M. Weber, 1977, The Effect of Altered Streamflow on the Hydrology and Geomorphology of the Yellowstone River Basin, Montana, Yellowstone Impact Study, Technical Report No. 2, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Helena, Mont.

Grants and Contracts (as Principal Investigator unless otherwise noted)

Research Grants and Contracts

Waldo Lake OR Science Plan (Co-PI with Sytsma (PI), Reuter, Petersen and Wells), U.S. Forest Service, June 2003 for 12 months, $215,756 (renewed for 2004, $151,521).

Effects of land use change due to urbanization on hydrologic processes and stream water quality: Bronson Creek, Ore. Clean Water Services, 2002 for 6 months, $29,800.

Support for the Generation of Weather Elements for Multiple applications (GEM) model, Natural Resources Conservation Service, September 1999 for 6 months, $4,500.

Decision Support System for River System Management under Hydroclimatic Uncertainty, subcontract to the University of Arizona, grant from the U.S. Geological Survey, September 1998 for 2 years, $40,383.

Visiting Scholar, Global Change, program, Institute for the Study of Planet Earth, University of Arizona, 1997-98 academic year, $1676.

Methodologies for Verification of Snake River Flow Augmentation, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Marine Fisheries, October 1996 for 18 months, $49,871.

Application of Models to Evaluate Pollution Control Plans in the Tualatin River Basin, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, September 1993 for 12 months, $16,170.

Analysis and Modeling of Seasonal Streamflows: Columbia River at the Dalles, Ore., Bonneville Power Administration, August 1992 for 9 months, $53,451.

Development of Hydrologic, Non-point Source and Receiving Water Models for the Tualatin River Basin, Oregon State University and the Oregon DEQ, January 1992, 18 months, $154,000, (with Scott Wells).

Development of Climate Input for the Application of Continuous Simulation Models to Water Supply Forecasting, USDA Soil Conservation Service, March 1991 for 6 months, $13,551.

Willamette River Water Quality Study Workplan, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, September 1990 for 3 months, $3815.

An Assessment of the Relationship Between Climate and Streamflow Variability Using Water Balance Models, U.S. Geological Survey, September 1986 for two years, $70,200.

Conceptual Models for Management of Water Quality in Tillamook Bay, Oregon, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, June 1986 for one year, $13,600.

Data Automation and Optimal Estimation for Hydrologic Modeling, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Pacific Division, January 1985 for 15 months, $11,500.

Meteorological and Water Temperature Input to the Willamette System Temperature Control Study Models, Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, July 1985 for 3 months, $6500.

Generation of Streamflow Data for Ungaged Catchments, National Science Foundation, July 1984 for two years, $48,000.

Real Time Data Acquisition and Forecasting for Local Water Management, Oregon Water Resources Research Institute, July 1984 for one year, $11,221.

Applicability of Microcomputers for Managing Water Use in Small River Basins, Oregon Water Resources Research Institute, July 1983 for one year, $9,963.

Institutional and Program Development Grants:

Internships for Household Hazardous Waste Program, Metro (Metropolitan Service District), 2001-2004 (renewable annually), current total $150,000.

Coastal Research, Educational and Training Support for the Marine and Environmental Research and Training Station, Office of Naval Research, (PI at PSU on subcontract with Clatsop Community College), 1996 for two years, $260,000.

Pacific Northwest Environmental Studies Program: A Collaborative Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development Project, (Co-Principal Investigator, co-wrote and revised proposal, Co-PI role transferred to ESR Director) National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education, 1995 for two years, $121, 511.

Instruction and Advising

Courses Developed and Taught

EAS 361 Fluid Mechanics (4) (each F 82-90, Su 83, F99)
ESR 150 Environmental Studies Orientation (F00, Sp01, F01, Sp02)
ESR 220 Introduction to Environmental Systems (F99)
ESR 320 Environmental Systems I (F02, 03, 04)
ESR 407/507 Environmental Sciences and Resources Seminar (F99, F01, Sp04)
ESR 410/510 Biostatistics (4) (F00)
ESR 549 Applied Environmental Statistics (4) (Sp 01, W02)
CE 362 Hydraulics (4) (W 83, W 85-90, 92, 99-04)
CE 364 Water Resources Engineering (3) (F 82, Sp 83-86)
CE 407 Seminar in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (1) (Sp 83, 89 and 90)
CE 464/564 Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling (formerly Engineering Hydrology) (4) (W 83-89, 92, 99, 00, Su 03)
CE 467/567 Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design (4) (Sp 84, 86, 88, 89, 90, 92, 93)
CE 507 Risk and Reliability in Civil Engineering (3) (F 89)
CE 510 Environmental Aspects of Water Resources (3) (W 85)
CE 561/661 Water Resource Systems Analysis (3) (Sp 82, 85, 87, W91)
CE 565/665 Watershed Hydrology (formerly Advanced Hydrology) (4) (F83, 85, 87, 91, 98, W00, 01, 03, 04, Sp02, W03, 04, 05)
CE/ESR 566/666 Environmental Data Analysis (formerly Stochastic Hydrology) (4) (F84, 86, 88, Sp92, Sp94, W95, 96, Su 97, Sp 00, 03, 04, 05)
CE 569/669 Groundwater Hydraulics and Contaminant Transport (4) (Sp 88, 89)
CE 591/691 Engineering Optimization (4) (Sp 84, 86, F 88, Sp 99)
SCI 320 Water in the Environment (4) (F 94, 95, 96, 98)

Professional Membership and Service

Society Membership

American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Water Resources Association
Western Snow Conference

Honorary Societies

Phi Kappa Phi
Sigma Xi
Tau Beta Pi

Committee Participation

Hydrology Section Program Chair, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 1998-2000.
Hydrology Section Executive Committee, American Geophysical Union, 1998-2000.
Hydrology Section representative, Pacific Northwest Regional Committee, American Geophysical Union, 1989-1992.
Student Affairs Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers, Oregon Section, 1988-1991.
Surface Water Committee, Hydrology Section, American Geophysical Union, 1986-1989.
Committee on Stochastic Approaches to Transport in Rivers, Hydraulics Division, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1986-1988.
Committee on Probabilistic Approaches to Hydraulics, Hydraulics Division, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1986-1994, Control Group 1991-1994.

Professional Registration

Professional Engineer, Oregon

Reviewer (past 20+ years)

Journal of Hydrometeorology, AMS
Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (formerly Hydraulic Engineering), ASCE
Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, ASCE
Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE
Stochastic Hydrology and Hydraulics
Journal of the American Water Resources Association (formerly Water Resources Bulletin) AWRA
Water Resources Research, AGU
National Science Foundation, Engineering Directorate
U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Research Program

Other Professional Service and Participation

Member, Task Force and Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design Standards, Clean Water Services, Washington County, Ore., 2002-present.
Bull Run Water Treatment Citizens Advisory Panel, Bureau of Water Works, City Of Portland, Ore., 2001-2002.
Chair, Technical Advisory Committee for the Tualatin River Basin TMDL Determination , Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, May 1995-1997.
Tualatin River Advisory Committee, Oregon Community Foundation, October 1992 - 1998.
Scientific Resource Panel, Bi-State Lower Columbia River Water Quality Program, September 1990 - 1992.

Service to the State System, University, College/School, Department(s)

State System Service

Task force on Graduate Education and Research, OSSHE, 1995-1996
Subcommittee on the Economic Future, OSSHE Benchmark Committee, 1992

University Service

Graduate Council, 2001, Chair 2002-2003
Advisory Council, Chair F99, 1999-2001
Search Committee, Athletic Director, 2001
Evaluation Committee for the selection of Vice Provost/Personnel and Budget, 1999
Search Committee Chair, Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, 1996
Task Committee on Graduate Education (Chair), 1995-1997
Search Committee Chair for three positions in Environmental Sciences (including Program Director), 1995
Big Sky Evaluation Committee, 1994
Administrative Computing Priorities Committee (Chair), 1993-1997
Budget Reduction Team, 1992
University Planning Council, 1991-1992
Task Committee on Research, Teaching and Scholarship, Strategic Planning Committee, 1990-1991
Faculty Senate, Portland State University, 1990-1992, 1998-2001, 2003-2005
Search Committee for President of Portland State University, 1989-1990
Budget Committee, Portland State University, 1989-1990, 1990-1991, 1991-1992 (Chair)
Task Committee on the Future of Graduate Studies at Portland State University, 1987-1988, and Search Committee for Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research, 1988-1989
Task Committee for Review of the Systems Science Ph.D. Program and Search Committee for faculty position in the Systems Science Ph.D. Program, 1988-1989
Research and Publications Committee, Portland State University, 1987-1990
Chairman, Systems Science Admissions Committee, 1987-1988, 1988-1989

College Service

Dean's Advisory Committee on Promotion and Tenure, CLAS, 2003-2005
Sustainability coordinator, 2004-present
ABET 2000 Planning Committee, 1998-2000
Ad Hoc Promotion and Tenure Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1994-1995, 1995-1996
Editorial Committee, School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1984-1985, 1985-1986, 1986-1987 (Chair)
Awards Committee, School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1988-1989

Departmental Service (both Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences and Resources)

MS/MEM Program Coordinator, Environmental Sciences and Resources Program, 1998-2000
Awards Committee, Department of Civil Engineering, 1989-1990, 1990-1991, 1991-1992
Adviser, ASCE Student Chapter, Department of Civil Engineering, 1988-1989, 1989-1990, 1990-1991
Graduate Coordinator, Department of Civil Engineering, 1988-1992
Institutional Career Support-Peer Review Committee, Department of Civil Engineering, 1985-86, 1990-91 (Chair)
Promotion and Tenure Committee, Department of Civil Engineering, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88 (Chair), 1988-1989 (Chair), 1989-1990, 1991-1992, (Chair) 2000-2001, (Chair), 2002-2003, 2003-2005

Honors and Awards

George C. Hoffman Award for Faculty Excellence, Portland State University, 2001
Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Civil Engineering, Portland State University, 2000
Best Paper Award, 2000 Western Snow Conference
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