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Civil Engineering

Steward, David R.; PhD, PG

stewardProfessor, Thomas & Connie Paulson CE Outstanding Faculty Member

2129 Fiedler Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Area(s) of Specialization

Water Resources Engineering


B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota
M.S. Mathematics, University of Minnesota
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota
Post-Doc Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota
Post-Doc Marine Sciences, University of Maine

Research Interests

Prof. Steward's research interests include: interdisciplinary water resources modeling, groundwater flow, the Analytic Element Method, mathematical and computational methods in boundary value problems, and providing engineering support for society to address water resources sustainability challenges.

Recent Publications

Steward, D. R. and Allen, A. J., Peak groundwater depletion in the High Plains Aquifer, projections from 1930 to 2110, Agricultural Water Management, in press. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2015.10.003)

Steward, D. R., Analysis of discontinuities across thin inhomogeneities,groundwater/surface water interactions in river networks, and circulation about slender bodies using slit elements in the Analytic Element Method, Water Resources Research, in press (http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2015WR017526)

T. Bulatewicz, D. Andresen, S. Auvenshine, J. Peterson, D. R. Steward, A distributed data component for the Open Modeling Interface, Environmental Modelling & Software, 57, 138–151, July 2014. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.02.017)

Steward, D. R., Bruss, P. J., Yang, X., Staggenborg, S. A., Welch, S. M. and M. D. Apley, Tapping unsustainable groundwater stores for agricultural production in the High Plains Aquifer of Kansas, projections to 2110,  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, early edition, August 26, 2013. (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/08/14/1220351110)

Steward, D. R. and A. J. Allen, The Analytic Element Method for rectangular gridded domains and application to the Ogallala Aquifer, Advances in Water Resources, to appear October, 2013. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2013.07.009)

Aistrup, J. A., Kulcsar, L., Beach, S., Mauslein, J. and D. R. Steward, Hyper-extractive economies in the U.S.: A coupled-systems approach, Applied Geography, 37, 88-100, 2013. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2012.09.010)

Bulatewicz, T., A. Allen, J.M. Peterson, S. Staggenborg, S.M. Welch, and D.R. Steward, The Simple Script Wrapper for OpenMI: Enabling interdisciplinary modeling studies,Environmental Modelling & Software, 39, 283-294, 2013. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.07.006)

Ahring, T. S. and D. R. Steward, Groundwater surface water interactions and the role of phreatophytes in identifying recharge zones, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16, 4133-4142, 2012. (http://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/16/4133/2012/hess-16-4133-2012.html)

Steward, D. R., Yang, X., Lauwo, S. Y., Staggenborg, S. A., Macpherson, G. L. and Welch, S. M., From precipitation to groundwater baseflow in a native prairie ecosystem: a regional study of the Konza LTER in the Flint Hills of Kansas, USA, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 15, 3181-3194, 2011. (http://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/15/3181/2011/hess-15-3181-2011.html)

Sponsored Research Projects

Prof. Steward is lead-PI (Principal Investigator) or co-PI on over $13M in research projects at Kansas State University, with funding agencies including the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture and international collaborations.

Recent Awards

2014 Frankenhoff Research Excellence Award (best research faculty member in the College of Engineering)