|Philip H. De Groot received his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University in 1987 with a specialty in water resources engineering and hydrology. He became a faculty member at the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cleveland State University in 1987. In 1994 he was promoted to associate professor based on his accomplishments as an outstanding engineering educator. He has instructed courses in surface water hydrology, ground water hydrology, open channel hydraulics, water resources engineering, hydrologic modeling, and civil engineering systems analysis.
Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. at Utah State University, he was employed as a design engineer for consulting engineering firms for over four years. He has first hand experience in the design of roads, water lines, sewers, and open channels.
In the courses that he instructs, Dr. De Groot includes utilization of the most current computer software for the solution of water engineering problems. Actual case studies from his experiences as a professional engineer are used as examples. Student work assignments and examinations frequently require the utilization of computer software.
Homeowners, commercial property owners, and municipalities have consistently sought Dr. De Groot's expertise for the solution of problems related to flooding, storm water management, drainage, seepage and potable water supply. Since 1994 he has obtained over $50,000 in private external funding. These funds come into the university and pay for his release time. He has been a registered professional engineer in the State of Ohio since 1981.