Welcome to iWERS world at the University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing Research

The primary goal of the iWERS group is to develop innovative techniques to improve informed management of integrated water and environmental resources using systems and artificial intelligence approaches.

We explore alternatives beyond utilization of existing structures and the physical limits of water resources systems to include technical, social, political, and economic aspects for better resource management. We build complex quantitative and computational models with the purpose of providing enhanced knowledge needed to better understand interactions in coupled human-natural systems and water-energy-food nexus, and how they are shaped by external forces.


We welcome undergraduate and graduate students, visiting scholars and postdocs who are motivated, talented, and hardworking to join our research group. Please look at the current projects and research webpages of iWERS to find out more about our interests. Prospective students should have a strong interest in integrated water resources management, hydrology, systems analysis and modeling, and computer science. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Goharian with providing your updated resume. Opportunities are available year-round!

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Upcoming Events and News

11. February 2020

In an interview with Carolina News and Reporter, Erfan Goharian and Song Wang, engineering professors at University of South Carolina, explained how their research can help reduce the risks associated with flooding by building a flood prediction and early warning system for the Midlands using the latest artificial intelligence technology.

30. January 2020

Erfan Goharian and Song Wang at the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing have been awarded a grant to develop an image dataset of water objects from Microsoft AI for Earth.

16. December 2019

Carly will graduate with her BS in Civil Engineering and rejoin the iWERS team as a master’s student with a water resources focus.

1. August 2019

Carly will present her first undergraduate research poster,”Vulnerability Assessment of Storm Water Management Ponds to Sea Level Rise in Coastal Regions of South Carolina” and once completed will graduate from the McNAIR Junior Fellows Research Program.

19-23. July 2019

Carly will attend a conference hosted by ASCE’s Concrete Institute Student Days Program in Arlington, VA.

18. April 2019

Dr. Goharian will be a panelist for the CUAHSI-AGU H3S Cyberseminar Series, presenting the Early career scientists conquer new frontiers webinar.

13-16. May 2019

Farboud will attend a master class, “Food, Energy and Water systems in a Global Economy”, offered by CUAHSI and Northern Arizona University.

19-23. May 2019

Farboud Khatami and Dr. Goharian will attend the 2019 EWRI Congress in Pittsburgh, PA.

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