COVES Fellow Profile

Thanh Nhan Duc Tran

  • Ph.D. candidate, Engineering Systems and Environment
  • University of Virginia
  • Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Floodplain Management

“This program has profoundly affected my research aspirations. I plan to continue my involvement with the policymaking community, drawing on the knowledge and skills honed during this fellowship.”

Summer Responsibilities: Duc focused on a new floodplain module, the Dam Safety Information System, which provides essential data for the National Flood Insurance Program. As part of his responsibilities, he reached out to stakeholders, collected essential data sets, reviewed ordinances, and updated DCR’s templates and letters.

Background: Duc’s research, supervised by Dr. Venkataraman Lakshmi and supported by the National Science Foundation, focuses on water resources management using remote sensing techniques to enable sustained collaboration and support equitable decision-making and solution adoption on risks of flooding and saltwater intrusion. His work has been presented at prestigious conferences, such as the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in 2022 and published in well-known journals such as the Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, Remote Sensing, and Water.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Engineering Systems and Environment, University of Virginia
  • M.Sc., Hydroinformatics and Water Management, Jointly from Warsaw Institute of Technology (Poland), Newcastle University (United Kingdom), Universitè Côte d’Azur (France)
  • B.E., Hydrology and Water Resources Science, Danang University of Science and Technology (Vietnam)