Dr. Kaye Brubaker is associate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), and director of the Maryland Water Resources Research Center. She earned her B.A. in Modern Languages (1979) from Eastern Mennonite University, her B.S. in Civil Engineering (1989) from UMCP, and her Sc.M. (1991) and Ph.D. (1995) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her graduate research focused on atmospheric water vapor transport and the links between water and energy transfers at the land surface. She worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Hydrology Laboratory, Beltsville [Md.] Agricultural Research Center) as a postdoctoral research associate before joining the UMCP faculty as an assistant professor in 1996.
Fascinated with all aspects of water from an early age, Dr. Brubaker pursues a variety of teaching and research interests in hydrologic science and its applications. Her research program centers on the theme of hydroclimatology -- examining the important role of water in the Earth's climate system and the effects of climate variability and change on regional precipitation (rain and snow), stream flow, and, ultimately, the availability and quality of water supply for environmental and societal sustainability. She and her students explore these issues using tools such as numerical models, remotely sensed data, Geographic Information Systems, and the theory of space-time random fields.