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Fushcia-Ann Hoover

HOME DEPARTMENT:                                                Agricultural and Biological Engineering

MENTOR/ADVISOR:                                               Dr. Laura Bowling

SPECIFIC RESEARCH AREA/PROJECT:                      Urban stormwater management 

UNDERGRADUATE/M.S. INSTITUTION:              Bachelor’s Degree University of St. Thomas, MN

Purdue University

Fushcia Hoover



I am in my third year at Purdue and the first year of my PhD. In my master’s, I developed a comprehensive water quality and water balance case study for a local extensive green roof at Purdue University. This study additionally incorporated a simulated model of the energy use for the building section located under the green roof in a with-without analysis. The work culminated with a simple cost-benefit analysis scenario over the projected lifetime of the green roof based on energy savings, stormwater cost reductions and other metrics.

As part of a continuation of my master’s research, I am investigating the limits of detectable change in discharge for an urban watershed in Lafayette, IN. I plan to combine this with the use and impact of installing best-management practices within the urban watershed. I am interested in learning how hydrologic best practices can be incorporate with BMP placement and urban planning based on adoption barriers such as community acceptance, property rights and other contributors to placement availability.


While my experience at Purdue has been challenging at times, my time in the ESE program has been nothing but positive. My advisor, Dr. Lee and ESE peers truly make me feel supported and valued as a researcher and as a contributing individual to the program. I am fortunate enough to share an office with 5 other ESE students at various stages of their master’s and doctoral studies. In this office, we have weekly and oftentimes daily discussions on things from how to prepare for prelims or a defense or insights on courses to ideas for research methods and proposals. We talk about personal struggles and successes and generally provide a very inclusive environment where anyone can talk freely. This is one of the biggest aspects I appreciate about the program and its members. Asking questions is always okay and there are always people to help you along the way so despite the fact that everyone has their own research, goals and advisors, you never have to navigate the graduate school process alone because we all want to see each other succeed.



Hoover, F., Bowling, L. Water Quality Evaluation for an Extensive Green Roof System. Int. Perspectives Water Resources & Envirn Proceedings, Izmir, Turkey, 2013. (accepted)

F. Hoover and J. Abraham, A review: Comprehensive comparison of corn-based and cellulosic-based ethanol as biofuel sources, Clean Technology Conference and Expo 2009, Houston, TX, May 3-7, 2009.

F. Hoover and J. Abraham. Assessment of the Carbon Dioxide and Energy Balances of Biofuels, Climate Change Technology Conference 2009, Hamilton, Ontario, May 12-15, 2009.

F-A Hoover, J. Abraham, A Comparison of Corn-Based Ethanol with Cellulosic Ethanol as Replacements for Petroleum-Based Fuels: A Review, Int. J. Sustainable Energy, Vol. 28 (4), pp. 171-182, 2009.



Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM, 2014, presenter

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2013, poster

International Perspectives on Water Resources and the Environment 2013, presenter

Capturing Resilience: The Bridge from Recovery to Prosperity 2013 ESE Symposium, poster

Purdue Student Sustainability Summit 2013, poster

Purdue Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, 2013 Spring Reception, poster

Urban Rise: Footprints of a Global Civilization 2012 ESE Symposium, poster

Climate Change Technology Conference 2009, presenter

Clean Technology Conference and Expo 2009, poster



Midwest Crossroads Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) scholar, admitted spring 2013

The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science (MS PHD'S®) Scholar

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

2012 Indiana Association of Environmental Professionals Graduate Student Award

Certificate of appreciation for the MLK Jr. Commemorative Planning Committee



Recruitment co-chair, Agricultural & Biological Engr. Graduate Student Association, 2013-current

Member-Purdue Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club, 2012-current

Treasurer-Purdue Graduate Student Government, 2012-2013

Fundraising Chair-Ecological Sciences and Engineering Program’s Annual Symposium, 2012

ESE Annual Keystone Series Planning Committee, 2012, 2011

Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science Initiative Program (MSPHD’S), 2011, Cohort 8

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Attendee, 2011

Senator-Purdue Graduate Student Government, 2011-2012

Graduate coordinator-Women in Engineering Program’s Innovation to Reality After School Engineering Program, Purdue University, 2011-2012

Purdue University Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, 2011-2013

Compact for Diversity in Teaching and Mentoring Meeting, 2012