Sam Shamsi, PhD, PE 

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Dr. Uzair (Sam) Shamsi is the Wet Weather Practice Leader, Northeast for Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.  He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Georgia and a certified water and wastewater operator in Pennsylvania. His professional interests include green infrastructure; water, wastewater, and stormwater systems; wet weather and Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications. He has served as a Continuing Education instructor for ASCE, ESRI, and Penn State University; and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Youngstown State University. His accomplishments include 27 years of research experience; over 100 projects; 30 guest lecturers; and more than 120 publications. Dr. Shamsi has authored two GIS books, one of which is an ASCE Press best-seller.  In 2013 his co-authored paper won WEF’s Best Collection Systems paper award. Dr. Shamsi is an ASCE Fellow; ASCE-Pittsburgh Board Member, Chair of Continuing Education Committee, and 2012 Distinguished Civil Engineer; a Diplomate Water Resources Engineer, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer.


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1988
  • MS, Water Resources Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 1984
  • BS, Civil Engineering, A.M. University, India, 1982

Employment History

  • Practice Leader, Wet Weather, Northeast, Jacobs, Pittsburgh, Feb 2014-Present
    • Responsible for wet weather business development, project development and management, QA/QC, and technical guidance and mentoring
  • Senior Technical Manager, Michael Baker Corp., Pittsburgh, Jan 2008 to Sept. 2013
    • Responsible for projects in water, wastewater, and stormwater engineering; modeling and simulation, GIS/GPS, sustainable development and green infrastructure
  • Director, GIS and Modeling, Chester Engineers / Veolia Water, Pittsburgh, May 1988 to Dec 2007
    • Responsible for hiring, growth, project development and management, QA/QC, proposals, budgets, and project reports

Honors And Awards

  • Best Published Paper Award, Collection Systems, WEF, 2013.
  • Distinguished Civil Engineer Award, ASCE Pittsburgh, 2012.
  • Civil Engineer of The Year, ASCE Pittsburgh, 2006.

Professional Interests

  • Water, wastewater, stormwater
  • Wet weather planning and design: CSO, SSO, stormwater
  • Gray vs. green infrastructure: sustainability, Low Impact Development (LID), and Best management Practices (BMP)
  • Hydrologic & hydraulic (H&H) modeling
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) applications in water, wastewater, and stormwater systems

Professional Service / Volunteer Work

  • Member, Board of Directors, Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach (SPEO), May 2016 to present
  • Member, Collection Systems Committee, Water Environment Federation (WEF), April 2016-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, ASCE Pittsburgh, May 2015 to present
  • Chair, ASCE Pittsburgh Continuing Education Committee, Sep. 2013 to present
  • Founder and Mentor, Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Student Chapter, Project Symbiosis, Rampur, India, 2010-2014 
  • Watershed Festival volunteer, Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) Open House, Pittsburgh, PA. 2002-2010.
  • PE Test Problem Writer, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
  • Member, Collection Systems and CSO Committee, WPWPCA, 2002-2007.
  • Member, Implementing GIS Task Force, WEF, 2001-2004.
  • Member, GIS Committee, ASCE, 1998-2008
  • Member, Prevention and Control of Sewer System Overflows Task Force, WEF, 1996-98.
  • Member, Surface Water Hydrology Committee, ASCE, 1994-2008

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, American Water Works Association (AWWA)
  • Member, Water Environment Federation (WEF)
  • Member, American Water Resources Association (AWRA)

Professional Registration/Certifications

  • Registered Professional Engineer: Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
  • Founding Diplomate, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE)
  • Diplomate, American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE)
  • Certified GIS Professional (GISP), GIS Certification Institute
  • Certified Professional Engineer, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
  • Sewage Treatment Plant Operator, Pennsylvania
  • Waterworks Operator, Pennsylvania

Sample Projects

  • CSO Consent Decree Program (2014-2016), Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC), management consultant - modeling
  • Allegheny County Green Infrastructure Study & Program Management Services (2010-2013), 3 Rivers Wet Weather (3RWW) Inc., technical lead 
  • Wet Weather Plan, Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2008-12): Onsite Task Manager / Project Engineer for Program Manager's (CDMSmith) team.
  • Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Long Term Control Plan (LTCP), Rochester Area Joint Sewer Authority (RAJSA), Beaver County, Pennsylvania. (2010-2012), proposal writer and task manager. 
  • Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) Consent Order Compliance Project (2005-2007): Proposal writer and technical manager for implementing a mobile-GIS based field inspection program for 28,500 manholes and 39,000 catch basins. 
  • County-wide CMMS Project, Department of Public Works, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2004-2007, project manager.
  • Beaverdam Branch Basin Comprehensive Sewer Study, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), Washington, DC, 2004-2007, project manager.
  • Stormwater Management Plans (1988-96): Project Engineer for six Pennsylvania watershed stormwater management plans mandated by the PA Stormwater Management Act 167.
Sample Publications / Presentations
  • Paper, Green Infrastructure Opportunities in Gray Wet Weather Plans, Co-authored with Lennon, L.J., Igwe, A., Schombert, J., Collection Systems Conference, Water Environment Federation, June 9-12, 2013, Sacramento, California (WEF Best Published Paper Award, 2013).
  • Book, GIS Tools for Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Systems, 375 pages, ASCE Press, August 2002 (An ASCE Press best-seller).
  • Book, GIS Applications for Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Systems, 413 pages, CRC Press, AWWA Bookstore, January 2005.
  • Book Chapter, Information Management, Chapter 4 in Prevention and Control of Sewer System Overflows, Manual of Practice No. 17, WEF, 2011.
  • Webcast, GIS for Water Operators, High Technology Tools for Operators, AWWA, March 11, 2009.
  • Book Chapter, Enhancing Productivity through Applications Development, Chapter 5 in GIS Implementation for Water & Wastewater Treatment Facilities, Manual of Practice No. 26, WEF, 2004.
  • Journal Paper, A New Pipe Replacement Approach. Journal of American Water Works Association, AWWA, Volume 94, No. 1, January 2002.
  • Journal Paper, Stormwater Management Implementation through Modeling and GIS, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE, March/April, 1996.
  • Journal Paper, Quimpo, R.G., Shamsi, U.M., "Reliability-Based Distribution System Maintenance," Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE, May/June, 1991.