Dr. Walter McDonald
Dr. Walter McDonald (Water Resources)Marquette University

Engineering Hall, 407

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-2117

Associate Professor

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering


Ph.D., 2016, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech

M.S., 2012, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

B.S., 2010, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech

Research Interests

Stormwater Management


Environmental monitoring


O’Malley, K., McNamara, P., Marshall, C., LaMartina, E.L., Lam, T., Ali, N., McDonald, W.M., 2024. Environmental drivers impact the accumulation and diversity of antibiotic resistance in green stormwater infrastructure. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 429, 133923. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2024.133923

Bodus, B., O’Malley, K., Deiter, G., Gunawardana. C.J., McDonald, W.M., 2023. Review of emerging contaminants in green stormwater infrastructure: antibiotic resistance genes, microplastics, tire wear particles, PFAS, and temperature. Science of the Total Environment. 906, 167195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.167195

Gunawardana, C.J., Dupasquier, M., McDonald, W.M., 2023. Green infrastructure in series reduces thermal impacts of stormwater runoff. Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment. 9 (2). https://doi.org/10.1061/JSWBAY.SWENG-486

Dupasquier, M., Hernandez, J., Gonzalez, A., Aguirre, C., McDonald, W.M., 2023.  Integrated tire wear buildup and rainfall-runoff model to simulate tire wear particles in stormwater. Journal of Environmental Management. 346, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2023.118958

Jyoti, J. S., Medeiros, H., Sebo, S., McDonald, W.M., 2023. River velocity measurements using optical flow algorithm and unoccupied aerial vehicles: a case study. Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, 91, 102341. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2023.102341

Honors and Awards

Way Klingler Early Career Award from Marquette University (April 2022)


McDonald, W.M. (PI). “Remote sensing and machine learning to assess urban watershed best management practices (Phase II).” NSF Water Equipment & Policy I/UCRC. Amount: $89,962. Jan 2024 – Dec 2024.

Hristova, K. (PI), Marshall C. (co-PI), Zitomer, D.H. (co-PI), Parolari, A.(co-PI), Walter McDonald, W.M. (co-PI), McNamara, P. (co-PI), Birren, J. (co-PI), Strifling, D. (Senior Personnel), Mayer, B. (Senior Personnel), LaManna, J. (Senior Personnel), Wichowsky, A. (Senior Personnel), Mayer, A. (Senior Personnel). Novel Technologies to Mitigate Water Contamination for Resilient Infrastructure- Phase II. U.S. Department of Defense Engineering Research and Development Center. Amount: $3,800,000. Jan 2022 – Dec 2024.

McDonald, W.M. (PI), Medeiros, H. (Co-PI). “STTR Phase I: Machine learning and video-based sensor for measuring sewer flows” NSF STTR. Total: $256,000; MU Amount: $138,926. Aug 2022 – Jul 2024. 

McDonald, W.M. (PI). “Determining flow rates and flow sources in pipes using temperature data.” NSF Water Equipment & Policy I/UCRC. Amount: $50,000. Jan 2023 – Dec 2023.

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