Yucca Mountain Project-Nevada, US DOE & NRC QA/QC Program, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1987-1990
Vanderbilt University, Ph.D., Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, 1982
Vanderbilt University, M.S., Engineering Management, 1982
Vanderbilt University, M.S., Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, 1980
Industrial University, Civil Engineer (5-year Program), 1972
Board Certified Environmental Engineer: No. 92-30014 (National), American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE)
Registered Professional Engineer: No. 8920, State of New Mexico
Registered Professional Engineer: No. 68559, State of Texas
Registered Environmental Manager, NREP, Certificate (National) No. 5002 (2002-2009)
Florida International University, Professor of Water Resources & Environmental Engineering (tenured), Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1998-present.
Florida International University, Professor of Water Resources & Environmental Engineering (tenured) & Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012-2018.
Florida International University, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, & Research Engineer, Drinking Water Research Center, 1992-97.
USAID, Expert Consultant, Honduras, August, 2007.
UNESCO Expert Consultant, Guatemala, October, 2005 and February, 2007
National Science Foundation (NSF), Consultant, Panelist and Peer-reviewer, 2001-present.
USEPA, Consultant, Research & Development, Panelist and Peer-review, 2000-present.
Inter-American Development Bank, Water Quality Consultant, 1992-93.
University of Texas at El Paso, Assistant (1987-88) and Associate Professor (tenured), Environmental Engineering and Geological Sciences, 1988-92.
Woodward-Clyde Consultants, Senior Consultant, 1991-92.
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Research Engineer, Environmental Science Group, 1984-92.
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Assistant Professor and Research Engineer, Environmental Engineering and Science, 1982-85.
Vanderbilt University, Teaching Assistant and Instructor, 1978-82.
ETAConsortium Consultants, Senior Principal Engineer, 1976-77.
Pacific Eternit, Research Engineer, 1974-76.
ETA Consultants, Principal Engineer, 1973-74.
Dr. Fuentes’ experience and contributions focus on water resources and environmental engineering. He has developed and taught water resources engineering and environmental engineering courses for university curricula and professional organizations. His experience includes being principal, co-principal and investigator of research and projects. His technical publications are mostly in the fields of water resources and water quality engineering, environmental unit operations and processes, fate and transport of hazardous and radioactive waste contaminants, and green and sustainable engineering and pollution control. He has been a consultant to national and international governmental agencies, the private sector, and citizen organizations. Dr. Fuentes has also served as referee for various professional journals and research organizations.
SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS
2017, Life Member, American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists, July 11, 2017
2017, Lifetime Member, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, June 14, 2017
2011, Recipient of the Association of Engineering and Science Professors, AEESP, Distinguished Service Award,” July 11, 2011
2011, Certificate of Appreciation for Service as Member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers AAEE) from 2006 to 2010
2007-2010, Trustee, Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers
2009, Excellence in Service Award, Florida International University
2008-2012, Editorial Board, Member, Water Environment Research (WER)
2007-2010, Editorial Advisory Board Member, Journal of Spatial Hydrology
2005-2010, National Hazardous Waste Management Committee Member, American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE)
2004-05, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
2002-04, FWEA, Service Award
2002, Who’s Who Among American Teachers
2002, Who’s Who in Engineering Education
2001, Excellence in Teaching Award, Florida International University
2000, Miami-Dade DERM Climate Wise Recognition Plaque
2000-2002, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
2000, FWEA Student Chapter Advisor Award
1999, FWEA Outstanding Service Award
1998, Excellence in Research Award, Florida International University
1998, Chi-Epsilon Professor of the Year Award, Florida International University
1997, Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) R. H. Baker Outstanding Service Award
1996-1999, Latin Americas/International Committee Chair, Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP)
1994-present, Who’s Who in Environmental Engineering
1993, Who’s Who in American Education
1992-1993, Member of the USEPA’s Border Advisory Committee
1992, Member External Review Panel, US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 6
1992, Who’s Who in Engineering Education
1991-98, Board of Scientists, Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute
1989-92, Referee for Spanish Inter-ministerial Committee of Science and Technology
1989, Member of the El Paso Citizens Environmental Advisory Board
1988, President of the Border Waste Management Society
1987, Chi-Epsilon Distinguished Professor of the Year, University of Texas at El Paso
1983, Faculty Participant Grant, U.S. Department of Energy
1977, Fulbright-Hays Scholarship, U.S. Department of State
American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, AAEES; Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, AEESP; National Ground Water Association, NGWA (1986-2010); Chi Epsilon (National Civil Engineering Honor Society), Tau Chi Alpha (National Environmental Engineering Honorary)
SAMPLE OF PUBLICATIONS
Garcia-Orozco, J. H., H. R. Fuentes, and W. W. Eckenfelder, “Modeling and Performance of the Activated Sludge-Powdered Activated Carbon Process in the Presence of 4,6 Dinitro-o-Cresol,” Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation, V. 58, pp. 320-325 (1986).
Fuentes, H. R., W. L. Polzer, and E. H. Essington, “Solute Leaching from Resin/Tuff Media in Unsaturated Flow: Experiments and Characterization,” Radioactive Waste Management and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, V. 10 (4), pp. 285-320 (1988).
Fuentes, H.R., W.L. Polzer, E.H. Essington, and B.D. Newman, “Characterization of Reactive Tracers for C-Wells Field Experiments I: Electrostatic Sorption Mechanism, Lithium,” LA-11691-MS, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, 121 pp. (1989).
Fuentes, H.R., E.H. Essington, W.L. Polzer and J.L. Smith, “Multiphase Partitioning of Trichloroethylene and Orthoxylene in Water Suspensions with Tuff: Experiments and Analysis,” Hazardous Wastes & Materials, V. 7, No. 4, pp. 347-359 (1990).
Fuentes, H. R., W. L. Polzer, and J. L. Smith, “Laboratory Measurements of Diffusion Coefficients for Trichloroethylene and Orthoxylene in Bandelier Tuff,” Journal of Environmental Quality, V. 20 (1), 215-225 (1991).
Newman, B. D., H. R. Fuentes, and W. L. Polzer, “An Evaluation of Lithium Sorption on Volcanic Tuff in Batch Studies Using Simple Isotherms,” Ground Water, V. 29, No. 6, pp. 818-824 (1991).
Gutierrez, M. and H.R. Fuentes, “Competitive Adsorption of Cesium, Cobalt, and Strontium in Clayey Soil Suspensions,” Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, Vol. 13, pp. 271-282 (1991).
Polzer. W. L., M. G. Rao, H. R. Fuentes, and R. J. Beckman, “Thermodynamically-Derived Relationships between the Modified Langmuir Isotherm and Experimental Parameters,” Environmental Science & Technology, V. 26, No. 9, pp. 1780-1786 (1992).
Gutierrez, M. and H. R. Fuentes, “Modeling Adsorption in Multicomponent Systems Using a Freundlich Type Isotherm,” Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, V. 14, No. 3, pp. 247-260 (1993).
Fuentes, H. R., R. Jaffe, V. A. Tsihrintzis, and D. J. Boye, “Experimental Effects of Weathering on the Dispersion of a Crude Oil in Saline Water,” J. of Marine Environmental Engineering, V. 3, pp. 15-30 (1996).
Gutierrez, M. and H. R. Fuentes, “A Mechanistic Modeling of Montmorillonite Contamination by Cesium Sorption,” Applied Clay Science, V. 11, pp. 11-24 (1996).
Ferreira, O.G., H.R. Fuentes, R. Jaffe, and K.G. Furton, “Supercritical Fluid Extraction of PAHs from Aquifer Materials,” Hazardous & Industrial Wastes, pp. 273-281 (1997).
McFarland, M.J., S.P. Shelton, and H.R. Fuentes, “Practice Problems for the PE Examination in Environmental Engineering,” 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions, The American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Annapolis, MD (1996, 1999, 2002).
DiCarlo, G. W. and H. R. Fuentes, “Potential Transport of the Herbicide MSMA and Arsenate(+5) from Golf Courses to Groundwater in Southeastern Florida,” Remediation of Soils and Groundwater Symposium, WEFTEC 2000 (Proceedings in CD-ROM), Water Environment Federation (2000), 28 p.
Fuentes, H. R., S. Giraldo, L. Llewelyn, M. Jaramillo, M. Fuentes, and A. Cohen, ” Evaluation of Contaminants of Concern: Volumes 1 and 2,” Technical Report to the Florida Center for Environmental Studies and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida International University, September 2003, Miami, Florida, 469 p.
Fuentes, H.R., S. Giraldo, and L. Llewelyn, “A Chemical Scoring Model to Prioritize Groundwater Contaminants in the State of Florida,” Source Water Protection Symposium, American Water Works Association (Proceedings in CD-ROM), January 23-26, 2005, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 10 p.
Fuentes, H. R., T. L. Crisman, S. S. Bell, M.S. Koch, and L. Boukerrou, “Assessment of the Mangrove Ecosystem at São Luis, Maranhão, Brazil”, International Conservation Issues, World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2007, ASCE Environmental & Water Resources Institute, May 14-19, 2007, Tampa, Florida.
Fuentes, H. R., “Model Groundwater Use Policy Development for La Ceiba, Honduras, End of Assignment Report,” Windrock International for USAID, US Agency for International Development, August 2007, La Ceiba, Honduras, 18 p.
Katsenovich, Y., G. Tachiev, H. R. Fuentes, D. Roelant and A. Henao, “A Study of Mercury (II) Sorption and Transport with Oak Ridge Reservation Soil,” Waste Management 2010 Conference, March 7-11, 2010, Phoenix, AZ.
Marrero, L. and H. R. Fuentes, “Forecasting Climate Change of Sea Level Rise Impacts on Salt Water intrusion in the Biscayne Aquifer, the Sole Sources of Water Supply to Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Everglades Subsurface.” 2011 Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Education & Research Conference, Global Environmental Change: Mitigation, Adaptation, Impacts, July 11, 2011, Tampa, Florida, USA.
Perez*, L. G., D. B. Jo Lau* and H.R. Fuentes, “Water Retention Characteristics of Unsaturated peat Soils in the Shark River Slough Environs of the Everglades National Park (ENP): Experiments and Modeling Development to Support Environmental Restoration.” 2011 Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Education & Research Conference, July 12, 2011, Tampa, Florida, USA.
Perez, L. G. and H. R. Fuentes, “Water Retention and Flow Characteristics of Everglades National Park (ENP) Unsaturated Peats Soils: Experiments and Modeling Development.” Fifth CNR-Princeton Workshop New Frontiers in Hydrology, Miami, FL, January 9-11, 2012.
Noosai, N. and H. R. Fuentes, “A Geochemical Modeling Application to Assess Impacts of Saline Intrusion on the Fate of Mercury in Florida Aquifers.” Risk and Response: Sea Level Rise Summit, The Future of Florida and The Coast, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, Boca Raton, FL, June 20-22, 2012.
Habtemichael, Y. and H. R. Fuentes, “Geochemical Scenarios of Saline Intrusion Impacts on Biscayne Aquifer Water Quality and Adaptive Recharge.” Risk and Response: Sea Level Rise Summit, The Future of Florida and The Coast, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, Boca Raton, FL, June 20-22, 2012.
Nantaporn, N. and H. R. Fuentes, “Coupling and Testing the Fate and Transport of Heavy Metals and Other Ionic Species in Groundwater Settings at Oak Ridge, TN,” Waste Management 2013 Conference, February 24-28, 2013, Phoenix, AZ, 10 p.
Hamedi, A. and H. R. Fuentes, “New Relationship between a Vertical Gate Opening and Downstream Flow Stability: Experimental Development,” World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2016, ASCE Environmental & Water Resources Institute, May 22-26, 2016, pp. 47-57, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Anupama, J. and H. R. Fuentes, “Application of Single-Polarimetric RADARSAT-2 Images with WorldView 2 Images in Estimating Water Stages in the Everglades,” World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2016, ASCE Environmental & Water Resources Institute, May 22-26, 2016, pp. 50-58, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Habtemichael, Y. T. and H. R. Fuentes, “Hydrogeochemical Analysis of Processes Through Modeling of Seawater Intrusion Impacts in Biscayne Aquifer Water Quality, USA,” Aquatic Geochemistry, V. 22, pp. 197-209 (2016).
Haji, M., A. Melesse and H. R. Fuentes, “Erosion and Sediment Transport Modelling in Shallow Waters: A Review on Approaches, Models and Applications,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, V. 15(3), pp. 518-542 (2018).
Haji, M., A. Melesse and H. R. Fuentes, “Raindrop-Induced Erosion and Sediment Transport Modeling in Shallow Waters: A Review,” Journal of Soil and Water Science, Volume 1, Issue 1(3), pp. 15-25 (2018).
John, A., H. R. Fuentes and F. George, “Characterization of the Water Retention Curves of Everglades Wetland Soils,” Geoderma 381 (2021) 114724.