Jason K. Christian, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a respected hydrologic engineer, consultant, and academic, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Christian has over 20 years of work experience as a practicing engineer – much of that time as president of his own consulting firm – and holds engineering licenses in Georgia and Texas.
Representative projects from his professional consulting career include a mix of municipal infrastructure analysis and design, land-development engineering, floodplain hydraulic analysis, and regional floodplain mitigation projects. This experience helped focus his doctoral research in areas of infrastructure vulnerability analysis and water resources management in coastal and tropical environments where the unique hydrologic characteristics are poorly understood and chronically understudied.
He serves the ASCE Georgia Section as a director on its Board of Directors, and the Northeast Georgia Branch as treasurer. Within the last two years he has also contributed to the continuing education of his ASCE peers by presenting at multiple Branch meetings, covering topics such as probabilistic hydrology, hurricane hazard and vulnerability analysis in Georgia, and summaries of ongoing hydrologic research at the University of Georgia.
As an assistant professor in the College of Engineering at UGA, he combines his experiences in engineering practice into the undergraduate curriculum so that his students form more realistic career expectations. He creates a learning experience that helps students develop confidence in their individual abilities (and not just their technical ones), create strategies to cope with stress from both professional and personal sources, understand their role in the professional workplace, appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of current engineering design problems, and develop their entrepreneurial instincts.
Christian has been recognized for his work by the UGA College of Engineering with the 2015 Gillespie Engineering Curriculum Enhancement Award and by the Georgia Engineering Alliance with the 2016 Georgia Engineer of the Year in Education Award.
Christian earned a doctorate in environmental engineering in May 2012 from Rice University, after receiving his master of engineering (1994) and bachelor (1990) degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.