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Fritz R. Fiedler, Ph.D., P.E.

Fritz R. Fiedler, Ph.D., P.E.

Department Chair & Professor


Buchanan 104



Mailing Address

Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1022
Moscow, ID 83844-1022

  • Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1997
  • M.S., University of New Hampshire, 1989
  • B.S., University of New Hampshire, 1987

  • CE 115 Introduction to Civil Engineering
  • CE 215 Civil Engineering Analysis and Design
  • CE 325 Fundamentals of Hydrologic Engineering
  • CE 326 Hydrologic Measurement Techniques
  • CE 330 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
  • CE 404/504 Humanitarian Engineering
  • CE 421 Engineering Hydrology
  • CE 494 Senior Design Project
  • CE 527 Computational Hydrology
  • ENGR 428 Numerical Methods
  • WR 506 Interdisciplinary Methods in Water Resources
  • WR 507 Interdisciplinary Water Resources Projects

  • Sustainability
  • Interdisciplinary aspects of water resource systems
  • Measurements and modeling of hydrologic and environmental systems
  • K-12 STEM education
  • Humanitarian engineering

Fritz Fielder's research interests are in the broad area of measurements and modeling of hydrologic and environmental systems. Fiedler has worked on a variety of projects, including developing subsurface hydrocarbon measurement techniques, analyzing the effects of tillage and reconsolidation on soil-water retention characteristics, exploring the effects of scale and spatial variability of soil properties on hydrologic response, and developing numerical methods for routing discontinuous surface water flows over infiltrating surfaces.

  • Kern, A. L., Howard, M., Navickis-Brasch, A., Fiedler, F., & Cadwell, J., The fish weir challenge: A culturally relevant engineering design challenge. Science Scope, 38(9), 2015.
  • Bier, Asmeret, W. W. Budd, and F. R. Fiedler, Managing uncertainty in thermal water quality trading programs, Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 5(1), 2013.
  • Beall, Allyson, F. R. Fiedler, J. Boll, and B. Cosens, Sustainable Water Resource Management and Participatory System Dynamics Case Study: Developing the Palouse Basin Participatory Model, special issue on System Dynamics Simulation of Environmental and Resource Sustainability, Sustainability, 3(5), 720-742, 2011.
  • Sheldon, Shane, and F. R. Fiedler, Direct numerical simulation of Hortonian runoff resulting from heterogeneous hydraulic conductivity, ASCE J. of Hydrologic Engineering, 13(10), 2008.
  • Reister, M.S. and F.R. Fiedler, A Simplified Analysis Method for Natural Dispersion of Highway Stormwater Runoff, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1983, 33-41, 2006.
  • Fiedler, F.R., G.W. Frasier, J.A. Ramirez, and L.R. Ahuja. Hydrologic response of grasslands: effects of grazing, interactive infiltration, and scale, ASCE J. of Hydrologic Engineering, 7(4), 293-301, 2002. (winner of ASCE/EWRI Best Paper Award, J. of Hydrologic Engineering)
  • Fiedler, F.R., and J.A. Ramirez. A numerical method for simulating discontinuous shallow flow over an infiltrating surface, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 32(1), 2000.

  • Back to the Earth: Project funded by the National Science Foundation to develop and implement culturally relevant summer STEM camps.
  • Biochar for Stormwater Treatment: Evaluation the utility of using Biochar for stormwater treatment in low-impact development.

Fritz Fiedler founded and advises the University of Idaho chapter of Engineers Without Borders, whose focus is on helping rural Bolivian communities develop sustainable water systems using appropriate technology. He has also helped to develop a rainwater harvesting system for an agroforestry project in the Philippines.

Contact Us

Buchanan Engineering Building Rm. 102

Mailing Address:

Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1022
Moscow, ID 83844-1022

Phone: 208-885-6782