Katie van Werkhoven

Senior Water Resources Engineer


  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona
  • BS, Engineering and Environmental Science, University of Notre Dame

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Katie van Werkhoven, PhD, specializes in watershed and river systems modeling and analysis, including hydrologic, reservoir, and water quality modeling. She has conducted and led projects spanning operational, academic, and consulting environments. Applications of her work have included flood and inflow forecasting, reservoir management, climate change and land use change impacts, water-quality forecasting, pollutant source assessment and mitigation analysis, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) analysis, and environmental transport of atmospheric pollutants.

Dr. van Werkhoven has been involved in projects both domestically and internationally for a wide range of clients, with roles including project oversight, technical execution, and stakeholder communication. Prior to joining RTI she spent several years with Systech Water Resources, where she contributed to development of the Watershed Analysis Risk Management Framework (WARMF), and the Government of South Africa, where she developed in-house operational hydrologic forecasting capabilities. Dr. van Werkhoven's research experience has involved improving water quality model process representation, applying advanced sensitivity analysis techniques to better understand the behavior of hydrologic models across hydroclimatic regimes, and designing information-based model optimization strategies.