Department of

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Chaopeng Shen, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Dr. Chaopeng Shen
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Penn State University
206C Sackett Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-5844

Courses Taught at PSU

CE 555 Groundwater Hydrology
CE 461 Water Resources Engineering
CE 360 Fluid Mechanics


2009 Ph.D., Michigan State University, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University (2012-present)
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2011-2012)
Post-Doctoral Associate, Michigan State University (2010)

Areas of Interest

Large scale computational hydrology

Land surface processes

Water-carbon-nutrient interactions under global change

Hydrologic scaling issues

High performance subsurface reactive transport modeling


Niu, J., CP. Shen, S-G Li and M.S. Phanikumar, Quantifying Storage Changes in Regional Great Lakes Watersheds Using a Coupled Subsurface - Land Surface Process Model and GRACE, MODIS Products, Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1002/2014WR015589 (2014)

Riley, W. J. and CP. Shen: Characterizing coarse-resolution watershed soil moisture heterogeneity using fine-scale simulations, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18(7), 2463–2483, doi:10.5194/hess-18-2463-2014 (2014).

Trebotich, D.*, M.F. Adams, S. Molins, C.I. Steefel and CP. Shen, High Resolution Simulation of Pore Scale Reactive Transport Processes Associated with Carbon Sequestration, Computing in Science and Engineering, Nov/Dec Issue, (2014), doi: 10.1109/MCSE.2014.77

Molins, S.*, D. Trebotich, J.B. Ajo-Franklin, T.J. Ligocki, CP. Shen and C.I. Steefel, Pore-scale controls on Calcite dissolution rates from flow-through laboratory and numerical experiments, Environmental Science & Technology, doi:10.1021/es5013438 (2014)

Shen, CP.*, J. Niu and K. Fang, Quantifying the Effects of Data Integration Algorithms on the Outcomes of a Subsurface - Land Surface Processes Model, Environmental Modeling & Software., doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.05.006 (2014)

Maxwell, RM.*, M. Putti, SB. Meyerhoff, J. Delfs, I. Ferguson, V. Ivanov, J. Kim, O. Kolditz, S. Kollet, M. Kumar, S. lopez, J. Niu, C. Paniconi, Y. Park, MS. Phanikumar, CP. Shen, E. Sudicky and M. Sulis, Surface-subsurface model inter-comparison: A first set of benchmark results to diagnose integrated hydrology and feedbacks. Water Resources Research, 50(2), pp. 1531-1439, doi: 10.1002/2013WR013725 (2014)

Shen, CP.*, J. Niu and M.S. Phanikumar, Evaluating Controls on Coupled Hydrologic and Vegetation Dynamics in a Humid Continental Climate Watershed Using a Subsurface - Land Surface Processes Model, Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20189 (2013)

Sergi Molins*, David Trebotich, Carl Steefel and CP. Shen, An Investigation of the Effect of Pore Scale Flow on Average Geochemical Reaction Rates Using Direct Numerical Simulation, Water Resources Research, Vol 48, W03527, doi:10.1029/ 2011WR011404 (2012)

Shen, CP.*, J.-M. Qiu and A. Christlieb, Adaptive Mesh Refinement Based on High order Finite Difference WENO Scheme for Multi-scale Simulations, Journal of Computational Physics, 230(10), pp. 3780 - 3802 (2011)

Shen, CP. and M.S. Phanikumar*, A Process-Based, Distributed Hydrologic Model Based on a Large-Scale Method for Surface - Subsurface Coupling, Advances in Water Resources, 33(12), pp. 1524 - 1541 (2010)

Shen, CP., J. Niu, E.J. Andersen and M.S. Phanikumar*, Estimating Longitudinal Dispersion in Rivers Using Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, Advances in Water Resources, 33(6), pp. 615-623 (2010)

Shen, CP. and M.S. Phanikumar*, An Efficient Space-Fractional Dispersion Approximation for Stream Solute Transport Modeling, Advances in Water Resources, 32(10), pp. 1482-1494, doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2009.07.01 (2009)

Shen, CP., M.S. Phanikumar*, T.T. Fong, I. Aslam, S.L. Molloy and J.B. Rose, Evaluating Bacteriophage P22 as a Tracer in a Complex Surface Water System: The Grand River, Michigan, Environmental Science & Technology , Vol. 42, No. 7 , DOI: 10.1021/es702317t (2008)

M.S. Phanikumar*, I. Aslam, CP. Shen, D.T. Long and T.C. Voice, Separating Surface Storage from Hyporheic Retention in Natural Streams Using Wavelet Decomposition of Acoustic Doppler Current Profiles, Water Resources Research, Vol. 43, No. 5, W05406, doi: 10.1029 / 2006WR005104 (2007)