Swarthmore College Engineering


Arthur E McGarity
Professor of Engineering and Environmental Studies

  • B.S. in Engineering Science, Trinity University,
  • M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University,
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • Department of Engineering
  • Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 19081

  • Office: Hicks 201
  • Phone: (610)-328 8077
  • Fax: (610)-328-8082

Courses taught:

·  [Engineering 14]

·  [Engineering 32]

·  [Engineering 35]

·  [Engineering 57]

·  [Engineering 63]

·  [Engineering 66]

·  [Engineering 90]

Current Research:

Principal Investigator, GreenPhilly Research Group, with Co-PIs Megan Heckert (Swarthmore College), Benjamin Hobbs (Johns Hopkins University), Christina Rosan (Temple University), and Claire Welty (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

Project Title: Performance and Effectiveness of Urban Green Infrastructure: Maximizing Benefits at the Subwatershed Scale through Measurement, Modeling, and Community-Based Implementation

Funding: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's STAR Program, Grant # 83555501

Website: http://www.greenphilly.net

Recent Publications:

McGarity, A.E. (2013). Watershed Systems Analysis for Urban Stormwater Management to Achieve Water Quality Goals, J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage., 139(5), 464-477.

McGarity, A.E. (2013).Optimization for Urban Watershed Management: Stormwater Runoff and Nonpoint Pollution Control, Chapter 8, Water Resources Systems Analysis through Case Studies, ed. by David W. Watkins, Jr., American Society of Civil Engineers.

McGarity, A.E.(2012). Storm-Water Investment Strategy Evaluation Model for Impaired Urban Watersheds, J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage., 138(2), 111-124.

McGarity, A.E. (2011).Climate and Land Use Changes Affecting Stormwater Runoff Pollution Control Investments in Impaired Urban Watersheds, Proceedings of the American Water Resources Association Spring Specialty Conference on Managing Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources.

Willis, S. and McGarity, A.E. (2009)A Nonpoint Source Pollutant Loading Model for Small Suburban Watersheds, Proceedings of Watershed 2010 Management Conference, American Society of Civil Engineers.

McGarity, A.E. (2010). Watershed-based Optimal Stormwater Management: Part 1 - Application of StormWISE to Little Crum Creek in Suburban Philadelphia, Proceedings of the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers,

Eichenwald, Z. and McGarity, A.E. (2010). Watershed-based Optimal Stormwater Management: Part 2 - Hydrologic Modeling of LID/BMP Sites on Little Crum Creek in Suburban Philadelphia, Proceedings of the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers.

McGarity, A.E. (2008). Optimal Application of Riparian Easements and Best Management Practices to Reduce Stormwater Runoff Pollution: A Multiobjective Tradeoff Model, Proceedings of the American Water Resources Association Summer Specialty Conference on Riparian Ecosystems and Buffers.

McGarity, A.E. (2007).The StormWISE Model: Prioritizing Subwatersheds and Landuses for Stormwater BMP Implementation, Proceedings of the Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Symposium, Villanova University.

McGarity, A.E. (2006). A Cost Minimization Model to Prioritize Urban Catchments for Stormwater BMP Implementation Projects, Proceedings of the American Water Resources Association Annual Meeting.

McGarity, A.E. and McLoughlin, M.H. (2002). Crum Creek Watershed Partnership: A Model for Community-Based Stewardship,” Proceedings of the AWRA National Water Resources Conference.

McGarity, A.E. (2002). Lower Crum Creek Assessment, Protection, and Restoration, Proceedings of the AWRA National Water Resources Conference.

Downing, S.L., Dowman, F. and McGarity, A.E. (1998). Wet Weather Pollution Effects on Water Quality in Crum Creek, Advances in Urban Wet Weather Pollution Reduction, Water Environment Federation.

Watershed Research Program on Crum Creek, Pennsylvania

Research Reports: http://watershed.swarthmore.edu

Selected Ancient Publications:

McGarity, A.E. (1997) "Water Quality Management," Chapter 2 in Civil and Environmental Engineering Systems: An Advanced Applications Text, edited by A.E. McGarity and C.S. ReVelle, John Wiley and Sons.

McGarity, A.E. (ed., 1994)Poland's Transition to a Market Economy: Prospects for Energy Efficiency and Conservation National Academy of Sciences, National Academy Press, Washington, DC.

McGarity, A.E. and Orthlieb, F.L. (1993). "Outdoor Tests of an Evacuated-Tube Heat-Pipe Solar Collector Using a Real-time Storage/Load Simulator," Proceedings of the 1983 Annual Conference of the American Solar Energy Society, p. 305, Washington, DC, April, 1993.

Kempton, W., Feuermann, D., and McGarity, A.E. (1992). "'I always Turn It On Super': User Decisions About When and How to Operate Room Air Conditioners," Energy and Buildings , Vol. 18, pp. 177-191.

McGarity, A.E. and ReVelle, C. (1991)."Developing Crisis Stable Super Power Force Structures using Temptation and Protection Ratios," chapter in Defense Decision Making: Analytical Support and Crisis Management, ed. by R.Avenhaus, H.Karkar, and M.Rudnianski, pp. 201-214, Springer-Verlag.

McGarity, A.E., Kirkpatrick, D., and Norford, L. (1987). "Design and Operation of an Ice Pond for Cooling a Large Commercial Office Building," ASHRAE Transactions, Vol. 93, Part 1, p. 1749; also published in an ASHRAE Technical Data Bulletin, Cool Storage, ed. by Mildred Geshwiler, April, 1987.




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