Dr. Christopher M. Chini

Former Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Curriculum vitae


Dr. Christopher M. Chini is a postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the urban energy-water nexus. He uses urban metabolism concepts to account for water flows through an urban environment in order to evaluate the sustainability and resilience of the urban water-energy environment. The resulting model evaluates potential policy and engineering solutions to the water cycle in terms of their effectiveness in improving urban sustainability and resilience.

Christopher graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2011. Following graduation, he spent two years at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, TX, working on a variety of design projects, specifically flood mitigation efforts in Dallas. After deciding to return to graduate school, Christopher earned his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 2015 and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2018 from the University of Illinois. His professional experience and academic work has led him towards an interdisciplinary approach to civil engineering as an important component of understanding civil infrastructure systems. Christopher’s goals are to bring concepts of sustainability and resilience into the forefront of the civil engineering education structure.

Research Topics

  • Urban metabolism
  • Urban water cycle
  • Water policy
  • Links between policy, engineering, and civil infrastructure



  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2011
    Foundation Honors


  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • EWRI 2016 Best Student Presentation Award in Sustainability
  • Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, 2013
  • Zachry Department of Civil Engineering Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, 2011
  • SMART Scholarship Recipient, 2009