Thomas C. Piechota, Ph.D.

P.E. and Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development


Dr. Tom Piechota is a full professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering. He received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2003; in 2008 he became the UNLV principal investigator on a state-wide team that received $15 million in funding over five years from the National Science Foundation to study climate change in Nevada.

He has authored or coauthored more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and reports, and his work has been cited in more than 700 publications.

Most recently, Piechota served as the associate vice president for interdisciplinary research. In this role, he led a variety of interdisciplinary research, education, and fund-raising efforts, including programs funded by donations totaling $1 million from NV Energy and a number of scholarship and graduate assistantship programs.

Piechota holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree and doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from UCLA. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Nevada and California and serves on various committees with the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also serves on the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board and the City of Henderson Citizen Advisory Committee.

Expert Areas

Surface water hydrology, stormwater quality in urban environments, hydroclimatology, water resources planning, water resources, Geographic Information Systems, sustainability in urban environments.

Additional Information

SEB Program Group: Solutions Laboratory
SEB Lab Location: 2240