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Ahlam I.



Faculty Details

Associate Professor

Ph.D. 1986 Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Dissertation: Probable Maximum Flood in Hydrologic Design.

M.S. 1982 Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Thesis: A Comparison of Methods for Estimating Time Parameters of Hydrologic Models.

B.S. 1979 Civil Engineering, Howard University, Washington, DC, graduated magna cum laude.


Distributed Hydrological Modeling

Remote Sensing Applications in Hydrology

Fluid Mechanics

Risk Analysis and Flood Damage Control

Geospatial Statistics

Probability and Statistics

Subjects Taught: 

Fluid Mechanics

Water Resources Engineering and Hydrology

Probability and Statistics

Advanced Hydrology

Hydraulic Project Research

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Professor Ahlam I. Shalaby is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Howard University, Washington, DC. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Howard University in 1979, and her M.S. and Ph. D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, in 1986. She has worked with Bechtel, NASA, and USDA/ARS in several academic and professional capacities. Since joining the faculty at HU in 1986, Dr. Shalaby has taught courses in Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow, Hydraulic Project Research, Water Resources Engineering, Advanced Hydrology, and Probability and Statistics. She has served as a hydrology consultant to the World Bank in Washington, DC, and as a disaster specialist for Dewberry in Fairfax, VA. She has also served as an associate expert on remote sensing and hydrological models for forecasting for the World Meteorological Organization, United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Shalaby has done extensive research with the US Army Corps of Engineers CRREL on the statistical assessment of distributed snow process modeling using remote sensing/satellite data, and analysis of risk information derived from geospatial data for the HEC-FDA model. She has authored a number of technical publications in refereed journals, and United Nations publications. She is the author of "Probable Maximum Flood Determination" in the hydrology textbook, Hydrologic Analysis and Design by Dr. R. H. McCuen. Her textbook Fluid Mechanics for Civil and Environmental Engineers just got published on March 13, 2018 by CRC Press-Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Shalaby, A. I., (2018). Fluid Mechanics for Civil and Environmental Engineers, CRC Press-Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Shalaby, A. I., (1989). “Probable Maximum Flood Determination," Chapter 13, pp. 598-665, Hydrologic Analysis and Design, (Author: R.H. McCuen), Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Shalaby, A. I. and Engman, E. T., (January, 2010). Contributing authors to the publication of the Sixth Edition of the World Meteorological Organization Guide to Hydrological Practices, Data Acquisition and Processing, Analysis, Forecasting and Other Applications, WMO No.168, United Nations, Geneva Switzerland.

Shalaby, A. I., Pangburn, T., Davis, R. E., and Daly, S. F. (2010). “Assessing the Accuracy of Distributed Snow Process Model SWE Using AVHRR Satellite/Ground Sensors Derived SWE for Operational Snowmelt Runoff Forecasting,” (to be submitted for publication as a CRREL Technical Report and a refereed journal publication).

Rango, A. and Shalaby, A. I., (1999). “Current Operational Applications of Remote Sensing in Hydrology,” Operational Hydrology Report Series No.43, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations, Geneva Switzerland, 73 pp.

Rango, A. and Shalaby, A. I. (1998). “Operational Applications of Remote Sensing in Hydrology: Success, Prospects and Problems,” Hydrological Sciences Journal, Vol. 43, No. 6, pp. 947-968.


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