Amanda L. Cox, Ph.D., P.E.
Hydraulic Engineering Research
Welcome to my website! I am an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Saint Louis University and I am working on several exciting research projects. I have always loved water and the subject of fluid mechanics is fascinating and challenging. As an engineer, I get to help solve important problems related to water resources.
I'm also the Director of Saint Louis University's new Water Access, Technology, Environment, and Resources (WATER) Institute. Check out all the exciting WATER Institute activities at https://www.slu.edu/water.
River engineering and stream restoration
Current Research Efforts
Future River Analysis and Management Evaluation Tool (FRAME) (Co-PI): next-generation modeling tool to forecast long-term changes in channel morphology. Collaborative project with the US Army Corps of Engineers, University of Portsmouth, University of Nottingham, and Mendrop Engineering.
NSF RIMORPHIS Collaborative Project (Co-PI): user-friendly, scalable, data and information system for river morphology research (https://rimorphis.org/). Collaborative project with Purdue University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Colorado.
RSI Collaborative Project (PI): application of machine learning methods to detect data anomalies and estimate sediment yield using the US Army Corps of Engineers' Reservoir Sedimentation Information (RSI) Database. Collaborative project with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the University of Iowa.
MoDOT Bridge Scour Study (PI): 1-D and 2-D hydro-dynamic modeling to evaluating scour at select bridge sites for the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Sediment and Nutrient Interactions (Co-PI): evaluating how river sediments sequester and transport nutrient pollution. A pilot study on river nutrient and sediment dynamics to support collaborative research.
I use numerical modeling, machine learning, geospatial analysis, remote sensing, and field data for my research. I am constantly learning new technologies to advance my research efforts. Within the past five years, I started using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to study sediment transport for laboratory flows, and using remote sensing to estimate suspended sediment concentrations in rivers.
Summary of Research Experience
Dr. Cox has been conducting hydraulic engineering research for more than twenty years and has completed over 75 research projects. Her recent and ongoing research activities focus on addressing water resources analysis and engineering using cutting edge technologies such as machine learning, image processing, innovative remote sensing applications, and next generation modeling of river morphological processes. She has multiple ongoing collaborative research projects focused on leveraging the potential of hydroinformatics, geospatial analysis, and cloud computing to inform water resources engineering and management decisions related to hydraulic and sediment transport processes.
Lake Carlyle Sedimentation Assessment
Cross-vane structures in Canada
MoDOT Erosion Control Study
Confluence of the Mississippi and Yazoo River near Vicksburg Mississippi
Rock weir grade control structure site in rural Illinois