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Salami, Ph.D., P.E.

Phone: 903.233.3964

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Dr. Salami received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He has work experience in various areas in the civil engineering industry. His research interests are in hazard mitigation in water infrastructure, modeling of hydrologic/hydraulic engineering systems, sustainable design of technology for water quantity/quality control, and development of innovative and low-cost civil infrastructure in developing countries. His teaching interests include hydrologic/hydraulic engineering analysis and design, treatment systems in environmental engineering, sustainable infrastructure, and engineering ethics.

Dr. Salami is the coordinator of the graduate engineering program at LeTourneau University and heads the American Society of Civil Engineers' student chapter. He also has interests in service opportunities that allow for the application of engineering knowledge for missionary and humanitarian purposes. Through Engineers Without Borders (EWB), he helped design affordable water supply alternatives for disaster relief in Haiti and a water treatment and distribution project for a rural village in Central America. In his spare time, he enjoys beach soccer, speed chess, listening to NPR, playing tennis, and traveling with his family, his favorite trips being in England to see Roger Federer play at Wimbledon and in Paris to watch Rafael Nadal at the French Open. Dr. Salami also enjoys Yoruba gospel music, competing at scrabble with his wife Erica, dancing with his daughters Mavoni and Onoiza, and bicycling with his son Simpa.

Professional Preparation

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • B.Eng., Civil Engineering, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, P.E. - (WI: 44667 - 6).

Recent Funded Projects/Grants


  • Title: Evaluation of regional-scale water resources management using ESA and NASA satellite data; (Role: PI),
    Funding source: NASA/Illinois Space Grant Consortium
  • Title: Combining in situ hydrological data with satellite altimetry and imagery for surface water quantification and management; (Role: PI),
    Funding source: Caterpillar Fellowship Grant
  • Title: Optimization of treatment and energy consumption in the aeration process; (Role: PI).
    Funding source: BU Research Excellence Grant
  • Title: Enhancement of instruction in hydraulic engineering; (Role: PI).
    Funding source: CCET Innovative Teaching Grant


  • Title: Hydrologic budgets for improved sustainability of engineered water systems; (Role: PI)
    Funding Source: LETU Faculty Scholarship Grant

Selected Works

  • Salami, Y., & Buehler, A. (2019). Catchment classification in a transboundary river using runoff and sub-basin characteristics. International Journal of River Basin Management, 18:1, 117-126
  • Salami, Y. (2019). Impacts of sustained public education and improvised source protection on sustainable water resources in the developing world. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 14 (3), 226–36.
  • Salami, Y. (2019). Conflicts between faith, tenuous engineering ethics, culture and workplace norms. Proceedings of the 2019 CEC Conference: Engineering Industry and Ethics. Sioux City, Iowa.
  • Salami, Y. (2019). Achieving sustainable development goals by public enlightenment and source protection of water resources. 10th International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management: Water and the Community. Alicante, Spain.
  • Salami, Y., & Salami, A. W. (2018). Volumetric inflow estimation in a hydropower dam using autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) modelling and altimetric lake levels. Current Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 31 (5), 1–6.
  • Salami, Y., Buehler, A., Sloniker, M., and Abdelalhaleem, A. (2018). Understanding hydrological variations along a transboundary river based on runoff and reach characteristics in sub-basins. World EWRI Congress of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Salami, Y., Kaza, R., and Uhrich, S. (2018). Optimizing energy consumption in wastewater treatment plants using Monte Carlo simulations of process parameters and treatment equations. World EWRI Congress of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Minneapolis,
  • Salami, Y. (2017). Quantification and multi-purpose allocation of water resources in a dual-reservoir system. American Geophysical Union (AGU) Water Society: p. H23J–1813. New Orleans, LA.
  • Salami, Y., and Nnadi, F. (2017). Estimating water quantity in a poorly-gauged reservoir using water surface heights from satellite radar altimetry and simplified in situ hydrological parameters. ASCE’s Hydraulic Measurements and Experimental Methods (HMEM) Conference: Dam and Reservoir Issues, T. 1(33). Durham, NH.
  • Salami, Y., and Nnadi, F. (2017). Comparison of river discharge predicted from time series models and satellite-radar-altimetry-based rating curves. ASCE’s Hydraulic Measurements and Experimental Methods (HMEM) Conference, Image and Remote Sensing, T. 1(31). Durham, NH.
  • Salami, Yunus, and Nnadi, F. (2012). Reservoir storage variations from hydrological mass balance and satellite radar altimetry. International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, 4 (6), 201–207.
  • Salami, Yunus, and Nnadi, F. (2012). Seasonal and interannual validation of satellite-measured reservoir levels at the Kainji dam. International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, 4 (4), 105–113.


  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, LeTourneau University;
  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Bradley University;
  • Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Platteville;
  • Contract Researcher, Hydraulic/Hydrologic Systems Design and Modeling,;
  • Graduate Teaching Associate (Hydraulics, Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Eng.), University of Central Florida;
  • Graduate Research Assistant (Surface water hydrology, reservoir operation, flood risk management), University of Central Florida;
  • Graduate Research Assistant (Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, anaerobic biotechnology), Marquette University;
  • Project Engineer (Construction supervision, drainage systems, foundations), Civil Works Department, CITCC;
  • Project Engineer (RC structures, foundations, retaining walls, stormwater conveyance), NiComTech;
  • Civil Engineer (Highway dualization), Reynolds Construction Company/Solel Boneh;
  • Civil Engineer Intern (Water-retaining structures, dam maintenance, water quality and distribution), NIOMCO Eng. Dept./Dumez Construction Company;


  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB)