Lucas A. Djehdian

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



Lucas A. Djehdian is a M.S. student in the Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability program in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His undergraduate research consisted of employing GIS to understand the watershed dynamics in the greater Chicago area, and identifying leaks and their embedded energy in an uphill water distribution system.

Lucas’s graduate research consists of creating a GIS-based decision support platform to quantify the vulnerability and reliability of the direct and indirect water resources of cities across the United States. The goal is to model urban operational environments to make reduced-risk decisions and plan optimized response to extreme events such as droughts and heat waves.

Research Topics

  • Food-energy-water nexus
  • Urban water sector
  • Sustainable and resilient cities
  • Direct and indirect water resources


  • B.S. in Civil¬†Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
    Highest Honors


  • 2017 AWWA Larson Aquatic Research Support Scholarship
  • 2017 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Students
  • 2016 Illinois Water Conference Poster Presentation Runner-Up
  • 2015 ASCE GLC Environmental Engineering Competition Winner
  • CEE Interdisciplinary Program Fellowship
  • William A. Oliver Endowed Scholarship
  • College of Engineering Dean’s List
  • James Scholar