Edward Beighley is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Civil and Engineering at Northeastern University. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the Global Resilience Institute and in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University. Before joining Northeastern, he was an Associate Professor in the Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department at San Diego State University. His research integrates satellite remote sensing and numerical modeling to characterize hydrologic hazards and risks for current and future climate and land use conditions. His use of remote sensing enables the development of novel applications that support the design and management of civil infrastructure in developing regions where in-situ data are often limited.
Beighley’s research builds on his experience working in the insurance industry, where he served as the technical lead for hydrological science research at FM Global, the worldwide leader in commercial and industrial property insurance. He blends both his academic and industrial experience to develop novel applications to enable sustainable and resilient communities. His research portfolio is diverse with funding from national, state and local agencies, private industry and non-profit organizations. He received the National Air and Space Administration’s prestigious New Investigator Award and his most recent projects include NASA grants supporting the Surface and Ocean Water Topography (SWOT) mission, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, and the Terrestrial Hydrology Program. For the SWOT mission, he is one of only two Applications Scientists and a member of the science team.