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Faculty Profile

Ferdi L. Hellweger

Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering
433 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • Dr.Eng.Sc., Columbia University, 2004
  • M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1997
  • B.S., Northeastern University, 1995

Research & Scholarship Interests

Water quality; eutrophication and biogeochemical modeling; urban hydrology; scaling problems in environmental modeling; individual/agent-based modeling of contaminants
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Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • 2002 Outstanding Student Presentation Award. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California
  • 1997 First Place Programming Competition. Environmental Systems Research Institute, User Conference, San Diego, California
  • 1996 Top 5%. JARS Java Applet Rating Service. For UTFLOW Java Applet

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Limnology & Oceanography
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Incorporated
  • International Water Association
  • New England Water Environment Association
  • Water Environment Federation

Selected Publications

  • J.-U. Kreft, C. Plugge, V. Grimm, C. Prats, J. Leveau, T. Banitz, S. Baines, J. Clark, A. Ros, I. Klapper, C.Topping, T. Field, A. Schuler, E. Litchman, F. Hellweger. "Mighty Small: Observing and Modeling Individual Microbes Becomes Big Science", PNAS, 110 (45), 2013, 18027-18028
  • N.D. Fredrick, J.A. Berges, B.S. Twining, D. Nuñez-Milland, F.L. Hellweger. " Exploring Mechanisms of Intracellular P Heterogeneity in Cultured Phytoplankton Using Agent Based Modeling", Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79 (14), 2013
  • F.L. Hellweger. "A Simple Model of Tetracycline Antibiotic Resistance in the Aquatic Environment: Accounting for Metal Co-Selection", Journal of Environmental Engineering, 8 (2), 2013, 480-497
  • F.L. Hellweger. "Escherichia Coli Adapts to Tetracycline Resistance Plasmid (pBR322) by Mutating Endogenous Potassium Transport: in Silico Hypothesis Testing", FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 83 (3), 2013
  • X. Ruan, F. Schellenger, F.L. Hellweger. "Accounting for N Fixation in Simple Models of Lake N Loading/Export", Environmental Science and Technology, 48 (10), 2014, 5667–5673
  • F.L. Hellweger, N. Fredrick, J.A. Berges. "Age-Correlated Stress Resistance Improves Fitness of Yeast: Support from Agent-Based Simulations", BMC Systems Biology, 8 (18), 2014


Related News

September 16, 2014

CEE Associate Professor Ferdi Hellweger, who was recently published in Science, has modeled how biogeographic patterns in ocean microbes are affected by climate change.

August 8, 2014

ECE Professors Octavia Camps, Mario Sznaier, & CEE Associate Professor Ferdinand Hellweger were awarded a $380K NSF grant to use OUR Charles to generate models of high volume nonlinear data steams.

August 6, 2014

Congratulations to CEE Associate Professor Ferdi Hellweger, along with colleagues in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, Prof. Octavia Camps, and Prof. Mario Sznaier, Principal Investigator, who were awarded a $380K NSF grant for their project " Robust Identification and Model Validation for a Class of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems and Applications ."