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Professor Victor Miguel Ponce's

Significant Career Achievements

1967-2017:  50 years

Year Description
1967Awarded the Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering (B.C.E.).
1970Awarded the Master of Science degree (Civil Engineering) (M.S.).
Thesis title: Shear strength of sand at extremely low pressures.
1976Awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree (Civil Engineering) (Ph.D.).
Thesis title: Boundary-flow interaction in straight alluvial channels.
1976Appointed Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
1977Published (with coauthor Daryl B. Simons) Shallow wave propagation in open-channel flow (ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering). This paper and its sequel (Applicability of kinematic and diffusion models, 1978) feature a combined 481 Google scholar citations to date (May 2017).
1977Published Muskingum-Cunge method with variable parameters (ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering). This paper has 224 Google scholar citations to date (May 2017).
1979Received (with Daryl B. Simons) the ASCE Karl Emil Hilgard Prize for the paper Shallow wave propagation in open-channel flow (1977).
1979Retained by the Organization of American States (OAS) as consultant on the Integrated Development Study of the Upper Paraguay River Basin (EDIBAP), Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Cuiaba, and Campo Grande, Brazil.
1980Appointed Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at San Diego State University, San Diego, California.
1983Appointed Professor of Civil Engineering at San Diego State University, San Diego, California.
1985Retained as Consultant on the hydrologic modeling of the Santa Cruz River Basin, Pima County, Arizona.
1986Awarded a sabbatical leave to study flood forecasting at the Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.
1986Retained by the Organization of American States (OAS) as consultant on the Planning for the Development of the São Francisco River Basin (PLANVASF), Brasilia, Brazil.
1989Published the textbook Engineering Hydrology, Principles and Practices, Prentice Hall. This book features 810 Google scholar citations to date (May 2017).
1989Retained as International Consultant on the sediment routing of the Pirai river, by the Servicio de Encauzamiento de Aguas y Regularización del Río Piraí (SEARPI), Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
1991Published the review paper The kinematic wave controversy, where the diffusivity of the convection-diffusion equation of flood routing was for the first time expressed in terms of the Vedernikov number. This paper features 84 Google scholar citations to date (May 2017).
1991Published the paper New perspective on the Vedernikov number, expanding Hayami's diffusion analogy of flood waves (i.e., diffusion waves) to the realm of dynamic waves.
1992Published the book Fortran for Scientists and Engineers, San Diego State University, San Diego, California.
1993Awarded a sabbatical leave to study drought intensity, duration and frequency at the Universidade Federal de Ceara, Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.
1995Published the 150-page report Hydrologic and Environmental Impact of the Parana-Paraguay Waterway on the Pantanal of Mato Grosso and its Portuguese version.
1996Appointed to the International Hydrologists' Panel convened for the review of the Environmental Impact Study of the Parana-Paraguay Waterway, Comité Intergubernamental de la Hidrovía (CIH/UNDP), Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1996Published (with coauthor Richard H. Hawkins) Runoff curve number: Has it reached maturity? in the maiden issue (Vol. 1, No. 1) of the ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. This paper features 708 Google scholar citations to date (May 2017).
1996Interviewed Vic Mockus, the developer of the NRCS runoff curve number methodology, prior to writing the closure of the paper Runoff curve number: Has it reached maturity? This was the only interview that Mockus gave for the record on his now famous methodology.
1999Initiated the development of ponce.sdsu.edu, a comprehensive online resource in water engineering and related fields, featuring more than 16,000 links to date.
2000Awarded a sabbatical leave to study online engineering, San Diego, California.
2000 Published the paper Characterization of drought across climatic spectrum, introducing a conceptual model of drought intensity-duration-frequency.
2001Created the Visualab at San Diego State University, a laboratory dedicated to teaching, research, education and service in online water engineering.
2004Created onlinecalc.sdsu.edu, an online calculator portal which features 339 calculators to date (May 2017).
2005Created The 33 Facts about Global Warming, which has 500 728 visits to date (May 2017).
2005Appointed to the Panel of Experts convened for the Peer Review of the Regional Simulation Model (RSM) of the South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, Florida.
2006Appointed to the international consultant team for the Guyana Coastal Flood Protection Program, The Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C., and Georgetown, Guyana.
2007Awarded a sabbatical leave to study salinity impacts of irrigation development, with special focus on the Vitor Valley, Arequipa, Peru.
2007Developed Online Modified Einstein, an online calculator of total sediment transport by the Modified Einstein Procedure, a first on the web.
2007Published the milestone online article Sustainable yield of groundwater.
2008Retained as International Consultant on the Flood hydrology of the La Leche river flood control project, Proyecto Especial Olmos-Tinajones (PEOT), Chiclayo, Peru.
2009Created all.sdsu.edu, an online video portal for teaching, research, education, and service in water engineering and related topics, featuring 304 videos to date (May 2017).
2009Retained as International Consultant on the Environmental impact assessment of the La Leche river flood control project, Proyecto Especial Olmos-Tinajones (PEOT), Chiclayo, Peru.
2009Created pubs+calcs, a website where users can read a paper online while simultaneously using a related online calculator, a first on the web. The site has now 18 pubs+calcs (May 2017).
2010Retained by Backcountry Against the Dump as consultant for the review of the Draft Suplemental Environmental Impact Assessment for the Campo Regional Landfill Project, San Diego County, California.
2013Awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Hermilio Valdizan National University, Huanuco, Peru, June 17.
2014Published the free online live edition of the textbook Engineering Hydrology, Principles and Practices (2nd edition).
2014Published the free online (2nd) edition of the book Fortran for Scientists and Engineers.
2014Presented the invited paper Chow, Froude, and Vedernikov in the Ven T. Chow Commemorative Session of the ASCE EWRI World Environment and Water Resources Congress, held in Portland, Oregon, June 1-4, 2014.
2014Published the free live online textbook Fundamentals of Open-channel Hydraulics.
2014Awarded a sabbatical leave to study the nascent field of ecohydroclimatology at the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador.
2015Published the free live online textbook Fundamentos de la Hidráulica de Canales.
2015Introduced the concept of live paper for the online reporting of field work in progress, a first on the web. The first live paper is  The linear oasis: Ecohydrology of red shank.
2016Developed an online calculator for the inherently stable channel, a channel for which the Vedernikov number is zero (V = 0), regardless of stage or flow depth. a first on the web.
2016Received the Monty Award by the Alumni and Associates, of San Diego State University, California, for outstanding contributions to the University, August 25.
2016Developed an online calculator for the Muskingum-Cunge convergence ratios, enabling the assessment of the numerical accuracy of the Muskingum-Cunge method, a first on the web.
2016Developed an online calculator for the Thomas problem of flood propagation, enabling the study of runoff diffusion under varying flood characteristics (peak flow and time-to-peak), a first on the web.
2017Awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the National University of Cajamarca, Peru, March 28.
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Prof. Ponce's Google scholar record, beginning in 1983, is: h-index = 24 (24 publications cited at least 24 times); i10-index = 42 (42 publications cited at least 10 times); and total number of citations = 3709.
Prof. Ponce's website (ponce.sdsu.edu), established in 1999, has been visited more than 253 700 times. During the academic year, the website registers about 100 visitors per day.
Prof. Ponce's two (2) Youtube channels (a. Instructional, and b. Educational), established in 2011, have a combined 256 037 views and 356 subcribers. The current number of daily visitors is approximately 700.
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