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Richard N. Weisman

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Position: Professor of Hydraulic Engineering

Address: STEPS Building - Room 466
1 West Packer Ave
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3557

E-mail: rnw1@lehigh.edu

Research: ResearchGate

Areas of Research

  • Hydrology
  • Hydraulics
  • Water Resource Engineering


Dr. Richard Weisman has published more than 50 reviewed journal articles and symposium papers in the fields of hydrology, sediment transport, and coastal engineering. He has done work on scour in ice-covered rivers, wind mixing in the surface layer and evaporation from lakes, and on urban hydrology issues. He has published and consulted widely on the use of fluidization for sand management in the coastal environment. He has also published papers on the use of beach drains as a methods of shore stabilization.

Weisman teaches courses on sustainable development that encompass two interests -- international education and issues related to resource utilization and economic development -- and has co-led a course on sustainable development in Costa Rica for the last 14 years. His courses also delve into hydrology, surface water quality modeling, and sediment transport.

Weisman serves as co-adviser for the Lehigh Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, an organization that works on projects in Honduras. Dr. Weisman is also is involved in Lehigh's Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise, specifically with the Student Associates Program. He has previously served as Lehigh's associate dean of undergraduate studies for engineering, as well as associate chair of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Fritz Hydraulics Laboratory. He has also served as a visiting professor and visiting lecturer at Old Dominion University and University of Canterbury (New Zealand), respectively, and conducted many studies utilizing physical hydraulic models for a variety of companies and industries. Dr. Weisman plays the trumpet in many groups on and around campus, including the university orchestra, a brass ensemble, and a mariachi band.


  • Ph.D., Hydrology, Cornell University
  • M.S., Hydraulics, Cornell University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Cornell University