nick behling - an overview...
Energy-zealous graduate student seeking a career in mechanical, civil, environmental, water resources, petroleum, or other related engineering, with a focus in energy and sustainability.
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering – Anticipated September/December 2019
Emphasis – Energy and Sustainability
Northwestern University | Evanston, IL
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering – May 2018
The University of Texas at Austin | Austin, TX
Overall GPA: 3.7/4.0
Major GPA: 3.9/4.0
Sustainable Energy Systems Certificate – May 2018
The University of Texas at Austin – Department of Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Engineering Intern – Summer 2018
Assisted with a State CCR (Coal Combustion Residuals) permit application for the regulatory closure of a large ash pond at a Confidential Utility in the southeastern United States. Permit application included development of design for stormwater and contact water management systems (including pre-development and post-development analysis), detention pond design, culvert design, open channel flow design, and energy dissipation design using HydroCAD and Federal Highway Administration HY-8 modeling software, as well as area calculations using AutoCAD.
Helped design a stormwater bypass channel and an emergency spill for an existing small dam owned by a Confidential Client at an oil and gas production site in South Texas. Analysis included stormwater modeling using HydroCAD, and emergency spillway design for the Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) event.
Data review and management of groundwater elevation measurements at regulatory wells for quarterly and annual reporting to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for permit compliance at an industrial wastewater treatment plant landfarm application site along the Texas coast.
Prepared electronic boring logs from subsurface geologic investigation associated with a lateral landfill expansion permit application for an existing landfill in east Austin.
Conducted open records file searches at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for landfill permit surface water management, as well as water well ownership and registration records.
Field work and engineering oversight for contractor installation of geomembrane liner system for wet pond facilities in south Austin, Texas.
Worked under Brandon Klenzendorf, Ph.D., PE; Beth Gross, Ph.D., PE; Scott Graves, PE; and Marty Christman, PE.
Webber Energy Group – The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Research Assistant – Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018
Assisted Ph.D. students Bruk Berhanu and Anna Schleifer in developing a modeling framework to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of decentralized water supplies (on-site collection, treatment, and reuse of rain-, gray-, and black-water on a land parcel), to offset demand for potable water and wastewater services and reduce physical extent of centralized water and wastewater infrastructure.
Assisted Scott Vitter, Ph.D., in identifying high-potential customer segments for energy and water savings in the residential sector, and identifying least-cost appliance retrofit strategies for said consumer segments in support of sustainability initiatives across the United States.
Research involves extensive literature review, data analyzation using Python, AnyLogic (Java), and Microsoft Excel, and assisting Scott, Bruk, and Anna in the completion of their dissertations.
Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc.
Water Resources Engineering Intern – Summer 2017
Worked on multiple projects that involved allocating water rights between the Gulf Coast Water Authority and its municipal and industrial customers, including DowDuPont, Valero, Thomas S. Mackey Water Treatment Plant, and the surrounding Texas City areas.
Assisted in performing topographic and bathymetric surveys of the settling pond at Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District's water treatment plant, and the stormwater pond at Shirley McDonald Park.
These projects involved extensive data analyzation using MATLAB, the Water Rights Analysis Package (WRAP) Modeling System, and Microsoft Excel; field measurements of important hydraulic parameters, writing reports, and creating presentations for client(s). Worked under Dr. Jordan Furnans, Ph.D., PE; and Mike Keester, PG.
The University of Texas at Austin – Cockrell School of Engineering
Fluid Mechanics Tutor – Fall 2016, Spring 2017
Tutored fellow engineering students the fundamentals of fluid mechanics in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Required to work in both classroom and laboratory settings.
Water Practice Engineering Intern – Summer 2016
Evaluated the feasibility of replacing a gravity belt thickener (used to thicken/dewater wastewater sludge prior to conversion into compost) with a high-efficiency centrifuge dewatering system at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant, after comparing capital and operating costs, process and energy efficiencies, quality of processed sludge, and health and environmental concerns.
Providing solutions in controlling the amount of dissolved oxygen added in the wastewater in one of the aeration basins at the Cedar Park Water Reclamation Facility.
These projects involved data analyzation using Microsoft Excel, reading and interpreting as-built drawings, writing reports, and preparing presentations for client(s). Worked under Jesse Penn, PE; and Lindsay Webb, PE.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Member – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
The University of Texas at Austin – Club Tennis Team (USTA Tennis on Campus)
Social Chair Officer – 2016, 2017
Member – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Honors and Awards
Certified Texas Engineer-in-Training (EIT)
EIT # 64076
The University of Texas at Austin – Chi Epsilon Honor Society
Social Chair Officer – 2017, 2018
Member – 2017, 2018
National Honor Society for Civil Engineering Students who are ranked in the top third of their junior or senior Civil Engineering class.
The University of Texas at Austin – Club Tennis Team
Won “Tennis Club of the Year” award for the state of Texas; won 2nd place in USTA Texas Sectional Tournament; qualified for USTA National Tournament.
The University of Texas at Austin – University Honors
2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Awarded to students who maintain a semester GPA of at least 3.5.
Strong work ethic, able to work well in a collaborative environment; excellent communication skills; punctual, curious, and always eager to learn. Basic or fluent understanding of the following programs:
HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, EPA SWMM
Water & Wastewater Treatment Engineering
Air Pollution Engineering
Hydraulic Engineering Design
Energy, Technology & Policy