Meet Our Students


Muhammed T. Mustafa 


Advisor/Mentor: Amanda L. Cox
Sponsor/Grant: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Program Start: Fall 2014



Mustafa earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Salahaddin University of Iraqi Kurdistan in 1992. Following that, he started his professional work, which lasted for almost eighteen years. During that period, he had held several engineering and management positions, working with both local and International companies. Since moving to USA in the end of 2010, Mustafa earned Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2014. His thesis was titled “Effect of Rainfalls on Permeable Pavement Induced Volume Reduction in Combined Sewers”. Following completion of his master’s degree, Mustafa joined the Doctoral Program at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University pursuing his Ph.D. in civil engineering. In addition to his research involvement, Mustafa is currently teaching an environmental class for sophomore students for the civil engineering department, which provides an overview of sustainability and environmental engineering principles.


Mustafa is interested in hydraulic modeling of river systems. His current research is focusing on the evaluation of Hydraulic Sediment Response (HSR) models (also known as small-scale physical models), which is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Saint Louis District. HSR models have been used as a tool for evaluating sediment erosion and deposition for over 20 years. In his research, with a direct supervision of Dr. Amanda Cox, Mustafa utilizes one-dimensional numerical models to conduct a comprehensive analysis of similitude criteria to compare HSR models and prototype conditions. In the meanwhile, and as a part of his research, he is also conducting a laboratory experiment to explore and determine the incipient motion and the magnitude of critical shields stress of a synthetic bed material (granular plastic urea type 2) that is been widely used in HSR models to represent the prototype bed materials.