Michael Piasecki

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation

Civil Engineering

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

CUNY Environmental Cross-Roads Initiative

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Networked Sensor Deployment
  • Interoperability Solutions
  • Hydroinformatics
  • Data Management
  • Sustainable Water Resources Development
  • Hydrologic Processes in the Caribbean


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Michael Piasecki


Dr. Piasecki holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan (1991 - 1994) where he worked on automated control of maximized load (effluent) release patterns to receiving water bodies. He received his Diplom-Ing. in Civil Engineering at the University of Hannover, Germany (1983 - 1990) with a specialization in Water Resources and Coastal Engineering. He has since worked as a PostDoc (1994 - 1996) at the University of Michigan, as an Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (1996 - 1998), as an Assistant (1998 - 2004) and Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department  at Drexel University (2004 - 2010), before joining the Civil Engineering Department at the The City College of New York. He is also affiliated with the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Environmental CrossRoads Initiative.  He is a member of various professional associations such as the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), and the Engineers without Borders (EWB) organization for which he currently serves as a faculty advisor to CCNY student chapter of EWB. He has served as a member of the joined IAHR/IWA Hydroinformatics Leadership team (2010 - 2015), Chair of the Earth Space Science Informatics (ESSI) Focus Group of the AGU (2013 - 2014), and as representative of first Drexel and then CCNY on the Consortium for Advancement of the Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) membership assembly. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief for Computers & GeoSciences (2012 - 2014), and Earth Perspectives: Transdisciplinarity Enabled (2012 - 2016) Journals, and as Associate Editor for Earth Science Informatics (2006 - present) and Hydroinformatics 2010 - 2015).


1994 Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Civil and Environmental Engineering

1991 Engineering Diplom, University of Hannover, Germany, Civil Engineering

Courses Taught

... this term: Spring 2020

Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering (CE 36500)

Advanced Hydraulics (CE H0700)

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Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering (CE 36500)
This class introduces the student to some key applied Fluid Mechanics topics such as pipe flows, pipe networks, pumps, open channel flow, and basic hydrologic concepts. It also exposes the students to a combined wet/computer lab in which some of the fundamentals are tested in the lab. 

Introduction to GIS (ENGRG 59910)
This course teaches some of the fundamental Geographic Information Systems (GIS) principles that center on geospatial data, i.e. data that has coordinates. The class explores the different data types and applications used in GIS and also introduces the need to organize geospatial data in databases.  


Advanced Hydraulics (CE H0700)
This course provides a deeper exposure to Open Channel Flow topics and aspects as they relate to the use of conservation of mass, momentum, and energy equations. The course first focuses on 1D and steady flows and a broad spectrum of applications for channels, canals, and streams and then explores 1D unsteady flows.

GIS in Water Resources (CE G0800)
This class takes the GIS exposure of ENGRG 59910 to an advanced level by focusing on GIS and its application to water resources. The topics covered originate from analyses of watershed hydrology and include stream networks, hydrography, and overland flow/run off and also includes the need for data collection and stewardship. 

Research Interests

Dr. Piasecki's area of research focuses on engineering informatics and its application to GeoSciences in particular Hydrology.

  • HydroInformatics: syntactic and semantic heterogeneities, use of Ontological Representations 
  • HydroInformatics: Data Storage for provenance and synthesis of scientific data. Metadata Annotations
  • Hydroinformatics: CyberInfrastructure support for large Sensor Network deployments.
  • Hydrology: Urban Hydrology, development of Sustainable Solutions for restoring urban ecosystem services.
  • Hydrology: Sustainable construction of Water Infrastructure in developing countries both in non-disaster and post-disaster circumstances using participatory processes.


Latest 10 Journal Publications:


Moknatian M., Piasecki M. (2020), “Lake Volume Time Series Analyses: A Deep Look into the Shrinking and Expansion Patterns of Lakes Azuei and Enriquillo, Hispaniola", Hydrology2020, 7(1), MDPI Journals, January 2020. https://doi.org/10.3390/hydrology7010001

Moknatian M., Piasecki M., Moshary F., Gonzalez J., (2019), “Development of Digigtal Bathymetry Maps for Lakes Azuei and Enriquillo using Sonar and Remote Sensing Techniques", Transactions in GIS, Wiley Publishers, May 2019. https://doi.org/10.1111/tgis.12532 

Moknatian M., Piasecki M., (2019), “Report: Observational Time Series for Lakes Azuei and Enriquillo: Surface Area, Volume, and Elevation", New York, USA: CUNY Academic Works Digital Library, January 2019, https://academicworks.cuny.edu/cc_pubs/625 

Moknatian M., Piasecki M. (2018), “Report: Bathymetry Data for Lakes Azuei and Enriquillo, Hispaniola", New York, USA: CUNY Academic Works Digital Library, February 2018https://academicworks.cuny.edu/cc_pubs/493 

Moknatian M., Piasecki M., Gonzalez J., (2017), “Development of Geospatial and Temporal Characteristics for Hispaniola's Lakes Azuei and Enriquillo using Landsat Imagery”, Remote Sensing,  MDPI Journals, May 2017https://doi.org/10.3390/rs9060510 

Celicourt P, Sam R., Piasecki M. (2016), “Development of a Wireless Environmental Data Acquisition Prototype: An Experience Report”, Journal of Software Engineering and Applications. October 2016, 9, pp479-490. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/jsea.2016.910031

Piasecki M., Moknatian M., Moshary F., Cleto J., Leon Y., Gonzalez J., Comarazamy D., (2016), “Development of Geospatial Lake Representations: HIspaniola's Lake Azuei and Enriquillo",New York, USA: CUNY Academic Works Digital Library, June 2016.

Brodaric Boyan, Piasecki Michael (2016), “Editorial: Water Data Networks: Foundations, Techologies, and Sytems, Implementations and Uses", Journal of Hydroinformatics: Special Issue on Online Water Data Networks: Methods, Standards, Tools and Technologies, IWA publishing, March 2016http://jh.iwaponline.com/content/18/2/149?etoc 

Celicourt P., Piasecki M. (2015), “HydroUnits: Dimensional Analysis in Hydrologic Computing Systems Using Senssor-based Standards", Journal of Hydroinformatics, Special Issue on Online Water Data Networks: Methods, Standards, Tools and Technologies, IWA Publishing, December 2015http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/hydro.2015.075

Comarazamy D., Gonzalez J., Moshary F., Piasecki M. (2015), “On the Hydro-Meteorological Changes of a Tropical Basin in the Caribbean and its Sensitivity to Changes in Regional Climate", Journal of Hydrometeorology, AMS publishing, Vol.16, No.3, pp 997-1013, June 2015

Additional Information

Dr Piasecki has been involved in a number of service activities at various institutions and organizations

  • Member of the Engineering without Border, EWB,organization and also a faculty advisor to the EWB student chapter at CCNY
  • Member of IAHR, Int’l Assoc. for Hydro-Environment Eng. and Research (1996 – present)
  • Member of AGU, American Geophysical Union (2003 – present)
  • Member of IAMG, Int’l Assoc. for Mathematical Geosciences (2011 – 2015)
  • Member of ASEE, American Society of Engineering Educators (1997 – present)
  • Member of AAUP, American Association of University Professors, (2002 – present)
  • Editor-in-Chief Computers & GeoSciences, Elsevier (2012 - 2014)
  • Editor-in-Chief Earth Perspectives: Transdisciplinarity Enabled, Springer (2012 - 2016)
  • Associate Editor of Earth Science Informatics, Springer (2006 - present)
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Hydroinformatics, IWA (2010 - 2015)
  • Editorial Board of Hydrology (on-line), MDPI (since 2013)
  • Editorial Board of J. of Applied Water Engineering and Research, IAHR (since 2012)
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Water Science Technology Award from Int’l Assoc of Water Technology, at the 18th IWTC Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, 2015
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Organzing the 11th Intern’l Conference on HydroInformatics at CCNY, August 2014.
    Achievement Award from CUNY HPCC for successful application, implementation, and execution of NSF MRI grant to HPCC center at Staten Island
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Organizing the ICHE2006 in Philadelphia 
  • Invited as Co-Chairman to organize the 6th International Conference on Hydroscience and Engineering (ICHE) in Brisbane in 2004.
  • Invited to host the 7th ICHE at Drexel University in 2006.
  • Recipient of SUN Microsystems Academic Equipment Grants totaling $128,000 in 2002. The grant was the single largest grant awarded to a US academic institution by SUN that year.
  • Inauguration as member of the 106 club of Drexel University for securing over a $1,000,000 in research funding in a single year, 2000.