Christian Mooneyham

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • 411 John D. Tickle Building
    851 Neyland Drive
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Knoxville, TN 37996
    Christian Mooneyham

    I am currently a PhD student in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I am originally from Fresno, CA. I earned my B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy in 2006 and served six years as an army engineer. I was a project engineer and project manager for the Baltimore District, U.S. Corps of Engineers for three years developing and executing construction projects in the Northern Virginia area. I earned my M.S. in Civil Engineering, with a focus on water resources and sediment transport, from Virginia Tech in 2016. My research interests are on sediment transport from gravel bedload-driven streams to estuarine fine suspended sediment environments. Sediment transport is critical to public safety especially where water interacts with infrastructure like bridges and roadways. Settling and consolidation characteristics of fine suspended sediment in estuaries can cause unique fluidization structures which are of use in understanding the physical processes present in the early stages of sedimentary rock formation. The end state of such research being not only practical engineering applications of sediment transport but furthering the scientific understanding of the processes which form and shape the earth.


    1. Mooneyham, C. and Strom K. (2016). Wash Load Interactions with Gravel Bed Rivers. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress: Environmental, Sustainability, Groundwater, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Water Distribution System Analysis, ASCE, West Palm Beach, FL, May 22-26.