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Montas, Hubert

Hubert Montas
Associate Professor
1453 Animal Science / Agricultural Engineering Building
Phone: 
301-405-1196
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Research Interests 

Bioenvironmental and water resources engineering, numerical methods in environmental biodynamics, transport modeling, information and decision support systems.

Education 

Ph.D., Purdue University, 1996

Teaching 

Courses Developed and Taught
  • ENES 100: Introduction to Engineering Design
  • BIOE 241 (developed): Biocomputational Methods (online)
  • ENBE 486: Capstone Design II
  • ENBE 633 (developed): NPS Pollution Control
  • ENBE 643 (developed): Advanced Biotransport
  • Course support materials: bioe.umd.edu/~montas
Lectures
  • ENBE 110: Introduction to Biological Resources Engineering
  • BIOE 121: Engineering in Biology Lab

Background 

Professor Montas has developed the following software;

  • 2006, Armpit Scheme LISP Interpreter for ARM microcontrollers. armpit.sourceforge.net
  • 2003, Flexible FEM Finite Elements in MATLAB. bioe.umd.edu/~montas
  • 2002, ImageMesher N-Dimensional Delaunay Meshing of digital images

Honors and Awards 

  • 2006 ASABE IET Division Best Paper Award
  • 2004 NABEC Young Engineer of the Year
  • 2002-2007 NSF CAREER: Engineering Computations in Biological Resources
     

Professional Memberships 

  • Alpha Epsilon Honor Society
  • ASABE
  • ASCE
  • ASEE
  • AGU
  • BMES
  • IBE
  • NABEC
  • NSBE

Selected Publications 

Carleton, J.N. and H.J. Montas. 2007. A Modeling Approach for Mixing and Reaction in Wetlands with Continuously Varying Flow. Ecological Engineering 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2006.07.009.

Sadegh Zadeh, K., H.J. Montas and A. Shirmohammadi. 2006.
Identification of biomolecule mass transport and binding rate parameters in living cells by inverse modeling. Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling 3:36, doi: 10.1186/1742-4682-3-36.

Johnson, A. T., H..J. Montas, A. Shirmohammadi and F.W. Wheaton, 2005. Change is necessary in a Biological Engineering curriculum. Biotechnol. Prog., 22(1):167-172. DOI: 10.1021/bp050074k.

Chu, T.W., A. Shirmohammadi, H. Montas, A.M. Sadeghi. 2004. Evaluation of the SWAT model's sediment and nutrient components in the Piedmont physiographic region of Maryland, 2005. Transactions of the ASAE. Vol. 47(5): 1523-1538.

Montas, H.J., 2003. An Analytical Solution of the Three-Component Transport Equation with Application to Third-Order Transport. Water Resources Research, 39:(2), 1036, doi:10.1029/2002WR001288.

Sohrabi, T., A. Shirmohammadi and H. Montas, 2002. Uncertainty in Nonpoint Source Pollution Models and Associated Risks. Environmental Forensics, 3:179- 189. ISI Impact Factor: 0.617.

Djojic, F., H.J. Montas, A. Shirmohammadi, L. Bergstrom and B. Ulen, 2002. A Decision Support System for Phosphorus Management at the Watershed Scale. Journal of Environmental Quality, 31:937-945. ISI Impact Factor: 1.868.

Shirmohammadi, A., H.J. Montas, L. Bergstrom and W.G. Knisel, 2001. Water Quality Models. Chapter 9, pp. 233-256, In: W. Ritter and A. Shirmohammadi (eds.) Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution. Lewis pub., New York, NY.

Montas, H.J. and A. Shirmohammadi, 2000. Equivalence of Bicontinuum and Second-Order Transport in Heterogeneous Soils and Aquifers. Water Resources Research, 36(12):3427-3446.

Montas, H.J., R.H. Mohtar, A.E.A. Hassan and F. El-Alkhal, 2000. Heuristic Space-Time Design of Monitoring Wells for Contaminant Plume Characterization in Stochastic Flow Fields. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 43:271-301.

Montas H.J., J.D. Eigel, B.A. Engel and K. Haghighi, 1997. Deterministic Modeling of Solute Transport in Soils With Preferential Flow Pathways, Part 1. Model Development. Transactions of the ASAE, 40(5):1245-1256.

Montas H.J., J.D. Eigel, B.A. Engel and K. Haghighi, 1997. Deterministic Modeling of Solute Transport in Soils With Preferential Flow Pathways, Part 2. Model Validation. Transactions of the ASAE, 40(5):1257-1265.

Montas H.J. and C.A. Madramootoo, 1992. A Decision Support System for Soil Conservation Planning. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 7:187-202.

Montas H.J. and C.A. Madramootoo, 1991. Using the Answers Model to Predict Runoff and Soil Loss in Southwestern Quebec. Transactions of the ASAE, 34(4):1754-1762.

Selected Presentations 

Montas, H.J., 2007. The Future According to Hubert. Invited talk and panel discussion for the Next 100 Years Session, presented at the Centennial, 2007, ASABE Annual International Meeting, Sponsored by ASABE. Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN, June 17-21, 2007. ASABE, St. Joseph, MI.

Resop, J.P. and H.J. Montas. 2006. A Comparison of Artificial Neural Networks and Statistical Regression for Streamflow Prediction. Paper number 062132, presented at the 2006 ASAE/CSAE Annual International Meeting, Sponsored by ASAE/CSAE, Portland Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, 9-12 July 2006. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI.

Montas, H.J. and A. Shirmohammadi, 2005. Numerical Solution of Fractional Equations of Nanoparticle Transport in Heterogeneous Bioenvironments. Paper Number 053085 presented at the 2005 ASAE/CSAE Annual International Meeting, Sponsored by ASAE/CSAE, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida, 17-20 July 2005. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI.

Montas, H.J. and A. Shirmohammadi, 2004. Modeling of Soil Remediation by Nanoscale Particles. Paper Number 043053 presented at the 2004 ASAE/CSAE Annual International Meeting, Sponsored by ASAE/CSAE, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, The Westin, Government Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1-4 August 2004. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI.

Haghighi, K. and H.J. Montas, 2003. Emerging Challenges in the Modeling of Nanoscale Processes. Talk presented at the Special Invited Session on Opportunities in Nanoscale Engineering, Sponsored by IET- 217 (organized by Dr. H.J. Montas) at the 96th Annual International Meeting of ASAE, July 28-31 2003, Las Vegas, NV, USA. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI.

Montas, H.J., P. Reddy GVS, W. Devaney and A. Shirmohammadi, 2001. Multiresolution Stochastic Analysis of Static Bio-resources Data. Presented at the 2001 NABEC Conference, University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario, July 8-11, 2001. In conjunction with AIC 2001: Sustaining Rural Canada and Annual Meeting of CSAE/SCGR.

Montas, H.J., 2001. Computational Challenges in Biomedical and Ecological Engineering. Presented at the 94th Annual International Meeting, July 29-August 1, 2001, Sacramento, CA, USA. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI.

Montas, H.J., P. Reddy GVS, T. Sobrabi, W. Devaney and A. Shirmohammadi, 2001. Wavelet-Stochastic Analysis of Two-Dimensional Biological Resources. ASAE Paper No. 01-3154 Presented at the 94th Annual International Meeting, July 29-August 1, 2001, Sacramento, CA, USA. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI.

Reddy, P. GVS, H.J. Montas, H. Samet and A. Shirmohammadi, 2001. Quadtree-Based Triangular Mesh Generation for Finite Element Analysis of Heterogeneous Spatial Data. ASAE Paper No. 01-3072 Presented at the 94th Annual International Meeting, July 29-August 1, 2001, Sacramento, CA, USA. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI.

Montas, H.J. and A. Shirmohammadi, 2000. First Order Modeling of Conductivity Decay During Lateral Redistribution in a Stochastic Soil. Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Preferential Flow, Honolulu, HI, January 2001. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Montas, H.J., D. Danzy and A. Shirmohammadi, 2000. Dynamics of Infiltration Under Various Head Conditions in Physical Soil Models. Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Preferential Flow, Honolulu, HI, January 2001. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Shirmohammadi, A., H.J. Montas, L. Bergstrom, K. Coyne, S. Wei and T.J. Gish, 2000. Deterministic and Stochastic Prediction of Atrazine Transport in Soils Displaying Macropore Flow. Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Preferential Flow, Honolulu, HI, January 2001. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Haghighi, K., C.G. Aguirre, A. Shirmohammadi, H. Montas and A. Madani, 2000. Modeling Soil Heterogeneity, Spatial Variability of Soil Properties and Transient Flow: A Stochastic Finite Element Approach. Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Preferential Flow, Honolulu, HI, January 2001. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Montas, H.J., L.E. Carr, T.H. Ifft and A. Shirmohammadi, 2000. Use of GIS to Estimate Waste Load Versus Available Land for Utilization. pp. 286-296 In: J.P Blake and P.H. Patterson (eds) Proceedings of the 2000 National Poultry Waste Management Symposium, October 16 to 18, 2000, Sheraton Fontainebleau, Ocean City, MD, National Poultry Waste Management Symposium Committee (NPWMSC) Pub., Auburn University Printing, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

Montas, H.J., P. Reddy, D. Danzy, M. Seidner, M. Snyder, H. Chin and A. Shirmohammadi, 2000. AI Applications in NPS Pollution Control. Presented at the 2000 NABEC Annual Meeting, Ithaca, NY, August 2000.

Shirmohammadi, A. and H.J. Montas, 2000. Bio...? A...? R...? S...? Presented at the 2000 NABEC Annual Meeting, Ithaca, NY, August 2000.

Montas, H.J., L. Moran, C. Peters, K. Shipman, T.H. Ifft, G.K. Felton and A. Shirmohammadi, 2000. Effectiveness of Riparian Buffers in Small Maryland Watersheds. ASAE Paper No. 00-2182, presented at the 2000 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, July 2000. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085. (Paper in PDF format; 25MB)

Montas, H.J., P. Reddy and F.W. Wheaton, 2000. Computational Fluid Dynamic Analysis of Flow and Transport in Aquaculture Tanks. ASAE Paper No. 00-31111, presented at the 2000 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, July 2000. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Sexton, A.M., A. Shirmohammadi, H.J. Montas and T.J. Gish, 2000. Pesticide Loss in Surface Runoff Under Various Tillage and Pesticide Formulation. ASAE Paper No. 00- 2045, presented at the 2000 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, July 2000. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Djodjic, F., H.J. Montas, L. Bergstrom, A. Gustafson and A. Shirmohammadi, 2000. GIS Application of GLEAMS Model. ASAE Paper No. 00-2195, presented at the 2000 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, July 2000. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Montas, H.J. and A. Shirmohammadi, 1999. Solution of Flow and Transport Problems with MATLAB. NABEC Abstract No. 9929, presented at the 1999 NABEC Annual Meeting, Lancaster, PA, August 1-4, 1999.

Shirmohammadi, A. and H.J. Montas, 1999. Bio...? A...? R...? S...?, presented at the 1999 NABEC Annual Meeting, Lancaster, PA, August 1-4, 1999.

Montas, H.J. and A. Shirmohammadi, 1999. Targeting Nutrient Export Hot Spots in Maryland using SWAT and GIS. ASAE Paper No. 99-3123, presented at the 1999 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 18-22, 1999. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Montas H.J. and A. Shirmohammadi, 1999. Decision Support for Precise BMP Selection in Maryland. ASAE Paper No. 99-3049, presented at the 1999 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 18-22, 1999. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Chu, T.-W., A. Shirmohammadi and H. Montas, 1999. Validation of SWAT Model’s Hydrology Component on Piedmont Physiographic Region. ASAE Paper No. 99-2105, presented at the 1999 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 18-22, 1999. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Coyne, K.J., A. Shirmohammadi, H.J. Montas and T.J. Gish, 1999. Prediction of Pesticide Transport through Vadose Zone using Stochastic Modeling. ASAE Paper No. 99-2066, presented at the 1999 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 18-22, 1999. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Aguirre, C.G., K. Haghighi, A. Madani, A. Shirmohammadi, and H. Montas, 1999. Finite Element Solution of Large Scale Stochastic Flow and Transport Equations. ASAE Paper No. 99-3100, presented at the 1999 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 18-22, 1999. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Montas, H.J., 1998. Solute Transport During Infiltration in Soils with Preferential Flow Pathways: A Physico-Geometric Theory. Paper #1043, Symposium 05, 16th World Congress of Soil Science, August 20-28, 1998, Montpellier, France.

Montas, H.J., B.A. Engel and K. Haghighi, 1998. Mesoscale Vadose Zone Transport Modeling in Soils Containing Preferential Flow Pathways. In: L.C. Brown (ed.) Proceedings of the Seventh International Drainage Symposium, March 8-11, 1998, Hyatt Orlando, Florida. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085. pp. 176-183.

Montas H.J., K. Haghighi and B.A. Engel, 1998. Numerical Solution of Integro-Partial Differential Contaminant Transport Equations. ASAE Paper No. 98-3179, Presented at the 1998 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Orlando, Florida, July 12-15, 1998. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Montas H.J., R.H. Mohtar and A.E.A. Hassan, 1998. Optimal Space-Time Positioning of Monitoring Wells for Contaminant Plume Characterization in Stochastic Flowfields. ASAE Paper No. 98-3173, Presented at the 1998 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Orlando, Florida, July 12-15, 1998. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Aguirre C.G., K. Haghighi, R.H. Mohtar and H.J. Montas, 1998. Stochastic vs. Deterministic Formulation for Large-Scale Model of Transient Unsaturated Flow and Contaminant Transport through Soils. ASAE Paper No. 98-3184, Presented at the 1998 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Orlando, Florida, July 12-15, 1998. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

Montas H.J., K. Haghighi and B.A. Engel, 1997. Boundary Element Solution for Infiltration in Soils with Preferential Flowpaths. ASAE Paper No. 97-3065, Presented at the 1997 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 10-14, 1997. ASAE, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

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