Dr. Savant is a senior research hydraulics engineer at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Punjab Engineering College, and his Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University. He currently serves as the lead of the numerical and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) teams at CHL and is the lead for the USACE Coastal Compound Flood research. Dr. Savant’s specialties include the hydrodynamic numerical simulations of the natural hydrologic system including estuaries, coasts, and rivers. Dr. Savant’s recent interests include the quantification of NNBF and community resilience under a changing climate. Dr. Savant is currently (1) leading the numerical hydraulic modeling for the ecological restoration of the Los Angeles River, (2) leading the numerical hydraulic and sediment modeling for flood control defenses for the town of Arecibo, PR, (3) CFD simulations for the expeditionary fueling and armament of naval air and sea assets, (4) leading the Mississippi River side numerical hydraulic and sediment simulations for the Old Mississippi Atchafalaya Red (OMAR) study, and others.
Dr. Savant has published over 45 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of numerical simulations of Newtonian and non-Newtonian flows for the civil works and military engineering missions of the USACE. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Coasts, Oceans, Ports Research Institute (COPRI), and a senior member of the ASCE Waterways committee. Dr. Savant holds adjunct status at Mississippi State University, Jackson State University, Tennessee Technological University, Florida International University, and the Naval Post Graduate College. He serves on the editorial boards for the IAHR Journal of Applied Water Engineering and Research and the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering.