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Jesus Gomez-Velez

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Intellectual Neighborhoods

Research Focus

Environmental flow and transport, groundwater-surface water interactions, watershed hydrology, analytical and numerical modeling, data mining and assimilation


Jesus Gomez-Velez is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research combines numerical and analytical modeling, data mining and assimilation, and field and laboratory observations to gain a deeper understanding of how water, solutes, and energy move through landscapes and river systems and the implications of these transport processes for humans and ecosystems. Currently, most of his work focuses on the interactions between surface water and groundwater at multiple spatial and temporal scales, ranging from small river bedforms and reaches to continents.

Jesus holds a Ph.D. in Hydrology from New Mexico Tech. He also received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the National University of Colombia at Medellin and M.S. degrees in Applied Mathematics and Hydrology from New Mexico Tech. Before joining Vanderbilt University, he was an assistant professor of hydrology at New Mexico Tech (2015-2018) and a National Research Program postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey (2013-2015).

Jesus is an active member of the Hydrologic Sciences community. He serves on the board of directors for the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) and the Standing Committee on Informatics. Jesus also plays an active role in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Geological Society of America (GSA) and has organized several sessions on Regional Groundwater Flow and Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions. He is a member of the National Groundwater Association (NGWA), the American Water Resources Asociation (AWRA), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).