James F. Canning

Former Graduate Research Assistant
M.S. Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Curriculum vitae


James F. Canning is a M.S. student in the Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research concerns stormwater management, specifically how urban areas can use green sustainable infrastructure to combat flooding, heat island effect, and other negative environmental effects resulting from development. He also is interested in how green sustainable infrastructure can quantitatively enhance the quality of life for impoverished communities in urban areas.

Jimmy graduated from Saint Louis University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2015. Following graduation, he worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps assisting migrant communities and repairing homes for low-income families and the elderly in Tucson, Arizona.

Research Topics

  • Green sustainable infrastructure
  • Stormwater management
  • Water resources policy



  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Saint Louis University, 2015


  • CEE Distinguished Fellowship
  • Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association Safe Water Scholarship Award