Rifai is a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
at the University of Houston. She currently serves as Director of the
Environmental Engineering Graduate Program.
expertise includes ground water flow and transport modeling, risk assessment,
natural attenuation, hazardous waste, hydrology, urban storm water quality,
non-point source pollution, Total Maximum Daily Loads, Water Quality
Modeling, Decision Support Systems and Geographic Information Systems.
addition to authoring the widely-used BIOPLUME II, BIOPLUME III and
BIOPLUME IV computer models for biodegradation and natural attenuation
modeling, Dr. Rifai has built and manages the GIS (Geographical Information
Systems) computer laboratory in the department.