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.

Research Interests

  • Surface-water hydraulics
  • Sediment transport
  • Hydraulic structures
  • River engineering and stream restoration
  • Urban drainage
  • Stormwater erosion

Current Research Efforts

  • Incipient motion for particles in 3-D flow environments
  • Long-term forecasting of sediment transport and morphological response
  • Remote sensing of suspended sediment concentrations


I use experimental methods, numerical modeling, and field data for my research. I am constantly learning new technologies to advance my research efforts. Within the past few 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. Our research group recently purchased new field equipment, an ADCP and a LISST. I am excited to take them out to the field and start collecting data, especially since we purchased a kayak to house the ADCP!

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