Dr. Walter McDonald
Dr. Walter McDonald (Water Resources)Marquette University

Engineering Hall, 407

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-2117

Associate Professor

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering


Ph.D., 2016, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech

M.S., 2012, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

B.S., 2010, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech

Research Interests

Stormwater Management


Flood Frequency Analysis

Geospatial Analysis

Engineering Education


McDonald, W.M., Dymond, R.L., and Lohani, V.K., 2017. Evaluation of Continuous Monitoring as a Tool for Municipal Stormwater Management Programs. ASCE Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment. Accepted.

Aguilar, M.F., McDonald, W.M., and Dymond, R.L., 2016. Benchmarking Laboratory Observation Uncertainty for In-Pipe Storm Sewer Discharge Measurements, Journal of Hydrology 534, pp 73-86. 

Brogan, D.S., McDonald, W.M., Lohani, V.K., and Dymond, R.L., 2016. A High-Frequency Real-Time System for Creating and Sharing Environmental Data. Advances in Engineering Education (AEE), 5 (2). 

Hodges, C.C., McDonald, W.M., Dymond, R.L., and Hancock, K.L., 2016. Improved Methods of Parameterization for Estimating the Magnitude and Frequency of Peak Discharges in Rural Ungaged Streams, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001248 , 05015010..

McDonald, W.M., Brogan, D. S., Lohani, V. K., Dymond, R. L. and Clark, R. L., 2015. Integrating a Real-Time Environmental Monitoring Lab into University and Community College Courses, International Journal of Engineering Education (IJEE), 31(4).

Honors and Awards

Way Klingler Early Career Award from Marquette University (April 2022)


Parolari, A.P. (PI), McDonald, W.M. (Co-PI), “Model development for design and real-time control of stormwater basins for watershed management during climate change adaptation.” NSF Water Equipment & Policy I/UCRC. Jan 2017 – Dec 2017.

McDonald, W.M. (PI). “Evaluating the Effect of Microenvironments on Stormwater Management in Southeast Wisconsin”. Regular Research Grant / Summer Faculty Fellowship, Office of Research Marquette University. Jul 2017 – Aug 2017. 

McNamara, P.J. (PI), Lee, C. (Co-PI), Mayer, B.K. (Co-PI), McDonald, W.M. (Co-PI), Parolari, A.P., 2017. “Lab-scale Pipe Loop Modeling a Drinking Water Distribution System.” Opus College of Engineering Legacy Initial Equipment Grant, Marquette University. Jan 2017-Dec 2017.

McDonald, W.M. (PI), Parolari, A.P. (Co-PI), 2017. “Technology Enabled Active and Collaborative Higher-Learning (TEACH): Advancing Water Resources Engineering Curriculum through Mobile GIS.” Opus College of Engineering Student Centered Learning, Marquette University, Jan 2017 - Jun 2017.

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