Faculty Profile


  • Ph.D., Mechanics and Hydraulics, University of Iowa and Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, 1976.
  • M.S., Hydraulics and Water Resources, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 1970.
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 1969 (Graduation with Highest Honors).

Dr. Terry W. Sturm received B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in mechanics and hydraulics from the University of Iowa at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research. A licensed professional engineer (PE), he holds the rank of professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he teaches a graduate course sequence in open channel hydraulics and sediment transport. In addition, he has taught continuing education courses on river hydraulics, culvert design, and bridge scour. His most recent experimental research centers around the sediment-water interface in natural watercourses and the hydrodynamic processes that occur there such as flow resistance, cohesive sediment resuspension, and local bridge and spillway scour. He is the author of numerous research publications on thermal hydraulics, open channel flow resistance, compound channel hydraulics, bridge abutment scour, and resuspension of cohesive sediments, and he has written a textbook on open channel hydraulics published by McGraw-Hill which is in its second edition. Dr. Sturm's research has been supported by agencies such as the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 2008, Dr. Sturm was named the Georgia Engineer of the Year in Education by the Georgia Engineering Alliance. He is a Life Member of ASCE, and he served from 2010 to 2014 as Chief Editor of the ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. In 2013, Dr. Sturm received the ASCE-EWRI Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award.


  • Hydraulic structures
  • Open channel flow resistance
  • Compound channel hydraulics
  • Sediment transport
  • Erosion control at construction sites
  • Scour around bridge foundations
  • Cohesive sediment re-suspension


  • Georgia Tech CETL Thank a Teacher Award 2013– “In appreciation of your advising style and dedication to helping students”
  • ASCE-EWRI Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award, May 2013.
  • ASCE Life Member Award, 2012.
  • Selected by ASCE EWRI Hydraulics and Waterways Council to be Chief Editor, ASCE J. of Hydraulic Engineering, 2010-2014
  • Georgia Engineer of the Year in Education, Georgia Engineering Alliance, 2008.
  • Co-Adviser to V. Ravisangar, Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, School of CEE, May 2002.
  • Service Award from Chattahoochee-Flint Regional Development Center for “5 years of outstanding performance, exceptional ability, and distinguished accomplishments” on Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Control Technical Panel, 2001.
  • Honorable Mention Award, Universities Council on Water Resources, Award for Education and Public Service in Water Resources, presented to members of Georgia Board of Regents' Scientific Panel on Evaluating the Erosion Measurement Standard in Georgia "in recognition of significant contributions to legislation involving an instream standard that would be protective of aquatic systems", 1995.
  • Georgia Senate Resolution 318 recognizing and commending members of the Georgia Board of Regents Erosion and Sedimentation Control Panel, 1995.
  • Award from Omicron Delta Kappa for Service to Georgia Tech students, 1985.
  • Award for Thesis Advisor of Recipient of Sigma Xi Research Award for Outstanding M.S. Thesis (R. Luettich), 1981.
  • Member of Honorary Societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi.


  • Kara, Sibel, Stoesser, Thorsten, and Sturm, Terry W. (2015). “Free Surface vs. Rigid Lid LES Computations for Bridge Abutment Flow,” J. Hydraulic Engineering, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001028, 141:9.
  • Hong, Seung Ho, Sturm, T. W., and Stoesser, T., (2015). “Clear-Water Abutment Scour Depth in Compound Channel for Extreme Hydrologic Events,” J. Hydraulic Engineering, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001002, 141:6.
  • Kara, Sibel, Stoesser, Thorsten, Sturm, Terry W., and Saad, Mulahasan (2015). “Flow Dynamics Through a Submerged Bridge Opening With Overtopping,” J. Hydraulic Research, 53(2), 186-195.
  • Sturm, Terry W. (2014). “River Flows Onward,” Editor’s Note, ASCE J. Hydraulic Engineering, 140(7), July 2013.
  • Biering, C., Hong, Seung Ho, Sturm, T.W., Yoon, K.S., and Gonzalez-Castro, J. A. (2014). “Evaluation of Scour Downstream of Riprap Aprons on Low-head Ogee Spillways,” Proceedings River Flow 2014, International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, ed. by A. J. Schleiss, G. De Cesare, M. J. Franca, & M. Pfister, Taylor & Francis, London, ISBN: 978-1-138-02647-2, pp. 2105-2110.
  • Sturm, Terry W., Updated Solutions Manual for Open Channel Hydraulics, 2nd Edition, April 2009.
  • Sturm, Terry W. Open Channel Hydraulics, 2nd edition, McGraw-Hill, 576 pages, March 2009.
  • Sturm, Terry W. Open Channel, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 10th ed., 2007.
  • Sturm, Terry W. Visual BASIC Computer Programs to accompany Open Channel Hydraulics: 1) Computation of Critical and Normal Depth in Compound Channels; 2) Water Surface Profile Computation in Gradually-Varied Flow; 3) Unsteady Flow Computations for Flood Routing and Hydroelectric Turbine Transients, published Jan. 2002 at http://www.mhhe.com/engcs/civil/sturm/ (password protected).
  • Sturm, Terry W. Solutions Manual to accompany Open Channel Hydraulics, 283 pages in camera-ready copy and pdf format, published Jan. 2002 at http://www.mhhe.com/engcs/civil/sturm/ (password protected).
  • Hong, Seung Ho, Sturm, T., Stoesser, T., and Gonzalez-Castro, J. “Evaluation of Rating Curves and Flow Transitions for Controlled and Uncontrolled Low-Head Ogee Spillways,” Proc. Hydraulic Measurements and Experimental Methods Conference, Snowbird Utah, Aug. 2012.
  • Hong, Seung Ho and Sturm, T. W. “Physical Modeling of Abutment Scour for Overtopping, Submerged Orifice, and Free Surface Flows,” Proc. 5th International Conference on Scour and Erosion,” San Francisco, November 2010.
  • Hong, Seung Ho, Kim, Su Jin, Sturm, T.W., Stoesser, T., and Gonzalez-Castro, J. A., “Effect of Low Tailwater During Drought on Scour Conditions Downstream of an Ogee Spillway,” Proc. River Flow 2010, Braunschweig, Germany, September 2010.
  • Hobson, Paul, Navarro, Ricardo, and Sturm, Terry W., “Erodibility Of Bridge Foundation Sediments In Georgia,” Proc. Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, Las Vegas, June 2010.
  • Ioppolo, Ben, Hong, Seung Ho, Sturm, T. W., and Stoesser, T., “Scour Hole Formation Around A Pair Of Bridge Piers, Proceedings, 33rd Int. Assoc. of Hydr. Research 2009 Congress, Vancouver, August 2009.
  • Sturm, Terry W., Hong, SeungHo, and Biering, Celio, “Planning Research on Future Core Technologies in the Field of River Management,” Final Report submitted to Korean Institute of Construction Technology (KICT), School of CEE, Georgia Tech, November 2013.
  • Sturm, T. W., Ettema, R., and Melville, B. , Evaluation of Bridge Scour Research: Abatement and Contraction Scour Processes and Prediction, NCHRP Document 181 , Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences , 2011.
  • Sturm, T. W., Hong, SeungHo, and Hobson, P., Estimating Critical Shear Stress of Bed Sediment for Improved Prediction of Bridge Contraction Scour in Georgia, Final Report Project 0404, Georgia Department of Transportation, 2008.
  • Sturm, T. W., Warner, R. , Torrealba, S. , and Hamade, F. , Demonstration of a Performance Based System of Storm Water and Erosion Controls on Small Residential/Commercial Sites in the Georgia Piedmont, Final Report, EPA, Region 4, Atlanta, GA, 2007.
  • Sturm, T. W., Sotiropoulos, F. , Landers, M., Gotvald, T. , Lee, SeungOH, Hong, SeungHo, and Escauriaza, C. ,Laboratory and Numerical Modeling with Field Monitoring of Regional Bridge Scour in Georgia, Phase 2, Final Report, Project 0402, Georgia Department of Transportation, 2006.
  • Sturm, T. W., “Flow Resistance of Submerged and Emergent Vegetation,” presented to the South Florida Water Management District, October 2013.
  • Sturm, T.W., “Grand Challenge of Predicting Bridge Scour,” Hunter Rouse Award Lecture, presented at the ASCE World Water Resources and Environmental Congress, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 2013.
  • Sturm, T.W., “Past Progress and Future Horizons for Bridge Scour Research,” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, March 2011.
  • Sturm, T.W., “Physical Model Study of Gated Spillway, Structure 65E,” South Florida Water Management District, Sept. 2010.
  • Sturm, T. W., “Impact of Urbanization on Sediment Load in Peachtree Creek,” invited presentation at Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, GA, April 2005.