Thomas Ballestero

Thomas Ballestero

Associate Professor

Research Group: Environmental Engineering


  • Ph.D.   Civil Engineering (Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering focus) Colorado State University 1981
  • MS in Civil Engineering (Geomorphology, Hydrology and Hydraulics focus) The Pennsylvania State University 1977
  • BS in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering focus) The Pennsylvania State University 1975

Research Interests

  • Stormwater Management
  • Stream Restoration
  • Groundwater Resources
  • Instream Flows

Honors and Awards

  • 2012  National Academy of Science – Urban Forestry
  • 2011  US EPA Scientific Advisory Board for Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel
  • 2010  FEMA Scientific Resolution Panel on Flood Hazards
  • 1998  tbp Outstanding Teacher Award
  • 1995-1997 Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Davison Environmental Engineering Professorship
  • 1992  University of New Hampshire Public Service Award
  • 1992  Fulbright Scholar Award
  • 1991  University of New Hampshire Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 1991  Fulbright Scholar Award
  • 1988  tbp Outstanding Teacher Award
  • 1986  American Express Partners of the Americas Outstanding Service Award


  • Ballestero, Thomas P.,  Robert M. Roseen, Federico Uribe, Matt Hergott, James Houle, Tim Puls, 2012, The Porous Pavement Curve Number, in Proceedings 2011 Philadelphia Low Impact Development Symposium, September 25-28, 2011, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Ballestero, Thomas P. and Daniel Medina, 2012, Chapter 8 Filters, in Design of Urban Stormwater Controls, ASCE MOP No. 23, WEF MOP No. 87, McGraw-Hill, NY.
  • Avellaneda, Pedro, Thomas Ballestero, Robert Roseen, James Houle and Ernst Linder, A, 2011, Bayesian stormwater quality model and its application to water quality monitoring, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, Volume 137, Issue 7 (July 2011).
  • Roseen, Robert M., Thomas P. Ballestero, James J. Houle, Joshua F. Briggs , Kristopher M. Houle, 2012, Water Quality and Hydrologic Performance of a Porous Asphalt Pavement as a Stormwater Treatment Strategy in a Cold Climate, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, vol. 138, no. 1, pp. 81-89.
  • Wengrove, Meagan E. and Thomas P. Ballestero, 2011, Upstream to Downstream: Stormwater Quality in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment,  Springer Publishing, DOI 10.1007/s10661-011-2318-x
  • Ray, Ram L., Jennifer M. Jacobs, and Thomas P. Ballestero, 2011, Regional Landslide Susceptibility Spatiotemporal Variations under Dynamic Soil Moisture Conditions, Natural Hazards (2011) 59:1317–1337.
  • Roseen,  Robert, Nicolas DiGennaro, Alison Watts, Thomas Ballestero, James Houle, and Timothy Puls, 2011,  Examination of Thermal Impacts From Stormwater Best Management Practices, Final Project report US EPA Region 1, TMDL Program, UNHSC, Durham, NH.
  • Avellaneda, Pedro, Thomas Ballestero, Robert Roseen, James Houle, and Ernst Linder, 2011,  A Water Quality Model for Stormwater Filtering Systems, World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability, Proceedings of the 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, ASCE Conf. Proc. pp. 3591-3600, doi:10.1061/41173(414)376.
  • Roseen, Robert M., Thomas P. Ballestero, George D. Fowler, Qizhong Guo, James P. Houle,  2011, "Sediment Monitoring Bias by Auto-Sampler in Comparison with Whole Volume Sampling for Parking Lot Runoff," ASCE Journal of Irrigation & Drainage Engineering, Vol. 137, No. 4, pp 251-257.
  • dos Santos, José, Thomas Ballestero, Ernesto Pitombeira, 2011, An Analytical Model for Hydraulic Fracturing in Shallow Bedrock Formations, GROUND WATER vol. 49, no. 3: 415–425.
  • Ballestero, Thomas P. and Caitlin Cunningham, 2010, Permeable Pavements Through and Through, Storm Water Solutions, December 2010,  Volume: 4 Number: 8.
  • Watts, A., T. Ballestero, R. Roseen, and J. Houle, 2010, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Stormwater Runoff from Sealcoated Pavements, Environmental Science and Technology.  44 (23) 8849–8854.
  • Avellaneda, Pedro, Thomas Ballestero, Robert Roseen, and James Houle, 2010, Modeling Urban Stormwater Runoff Quality Treatment: Model Development and Application to a Surface Sand Filter, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, volume 316, number 1.
  • Sandoval,  Julián,  Pedro de Alba, Thomas P. Ballestero, Barry K. Fussell, 2010, Residual Strength of Liquefied Sand:  Laboratory vs. Field Measurements, Fifth International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, May 24-29, San Diego.
  • Houle, Kristopher M., Robert M. Roseen, Thomas P. Ballestero, Joshua F. Briggs, and James J. Houle, 2009, Examinations of Pervious Concrete and Porous Asphalt Pavements Performance for Stormwater Management in Northern Climates, in Proceedings of World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009, May 17–21, 2009, Kansas City, Missouri, Steve Starrett Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Editor,  pp. 1-18, (doi 10.1061/41036(342)111)
  • Barbu, Iulia A., Thomas P. Ballestero, and Robert M. Roseen., 2009. “LID-SWM Practices as a Means of Resilience to Climate Change and Its Effects on Groundwater Recharge”, in EWRI – 2009 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress: the 6th Urban Watershed Management Symposium, ASCE Conf. Proc. 342, 134 (2009), DOI:10.1061/41036(342)134.
  • Roseen, R. M., Thomas P. Ballestero, James J. Houle, Pedro Avellaneda, Joshua Briggs, George Fowler, and Robert Wildey, (2009). "Seasonal Performance Variations for Stormwater Management Systems in Cold Climate Conditions." Journal of Environmental Engineering, Vol. 135, No. 3, March 2009, pp. 128-137
  • Avellaneda, Pedro, Thomas Ballestero, Robert Roseen, and James Houle, 2009, On Parameter Estimation of An Urban Stormwater Runoff Model, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, v. 135, n. 8, pp: 595-608.
  • Ballestero, Thomas P., 2009, The Stormwater Research Center, in The Sustainable Learning Community, edited by John Aber, Tom Kelly, and Bruce Mallory, University Press of New England.
  • Roseen, Robert M. and Thomas P. Ballestero, 2008, Porous Asphalt Pavements for Stormwater Management, in Hot Mix Asphalt Technology – MAY/JUNE.
  • de Alba, P. and T. P. Ballestero, 2008, “Effect of Fines on Residual Strength after Liquefaction,” Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics IV, ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 181.
  • do Santos, Sergio, T. P. Ballestero, and E. J. Pitombeira, 2008, Influência da Freqüência, Orientação, e Comprimento das Fraturas na Conectividade do Meio Fraturado, IX Simpósio de Recursos Hídricos do Nordeste, Associação Brasileira de Recursos Hídricos, Salvador, Bahia, Brasil.
  • Watts, A.W., T.P. Ballestero, K.G. Gardner.  2008 Soil and Atmospheric Inputs to PAH Concentrations in Salt Marsh Plants.  WATER AIR AND SOIL POLLUTION    Volume: 189    Issue: 1-4    Pages: 253-263.

Classes Taught

Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow, Engineering Hydrology, Design of Pressure Transmission Systems, Coastal Engineering, Stormwater Design, Stream Restoration, Design of Coastal Outfalls, Landfill Design, Vadose Zone Hydrology, Hydrologic Monitoring, River Mechanics, Advanced Groundwater Topics, Advanced Stream Restoration Topics

Professional Affiliations


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