Matahel Ansar

South Florida Water Management District

Since June 2014, Dr. Matahel Ansar is a Section Administrator (Section Chief) for the Applied Hydraulics Section at the South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, Florida. In this position, he provides overall management of the Section, and technical leadership to about twenty three engineers involved in hydraulic design, flow computations at water control structures, flood risk analysis, and investigations of sea level rise challenges in South Florida. This Section also provides operational hydraulics support to the District’s water control center.

Dr. Ansar has a Ph.D. (’97) and an M.S. (’93) in Civil and Environmental Engineering, specializing in Hydraulics from the University of Iowa. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (’91) in Water Resources Management from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio. He has about forty five technical publications in the form of refereed journal papers and discussions, conference papers, theses, and technical reports. He is also the past winner of several awards, including the Merit Award from the Arizona Consulting Engineers Association (1998); the Best Discussion Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering (2003); the South Florida Water Management District Leadership Award (2006), the Grand Award from the Florida Engineering Society (2009), and a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (2009). Dr. Ansar has testified, as a Hydrology and Hydraulics Expert Witness, in several complex litigations. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida.


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