Gund Fellow, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. George F. Pinder holds joint appointments in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics and Computer Science at the University of Vermont. Dr. Pinder served as Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering and Operations Research from 1980 to 1989 and as Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematics from 1989-1996 at the University of Vermont. Dr. Pinder was a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington for four years prior to joining the Civil Engineering Department at Princeton University as an Associate Professor and was promoted to full Professor five years later.  

Dr. Pinder's principal area of scholarly activity is the development and application of applied mathematics, especially numerical mathematics to solve groundwater contamination and supply problems using computers.

Dr. Pinder has published approximately one hundred and thirty five papers in refereed journals in the area of quantitative analysis of subsurface flow and transport.  Dr. Pinder has also published twelve books. The latest `Numerical methods for solving partial differential equations: a comprehensive introduction for scientists and engineers’, was published by John Wiley and Sons in 2017. Dr. Pinder is the founding Editor of the journals "Advances in Water Resources" and "Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations,".




  • G.F. Pinder, G.K. Oka (2017) "Multiscale Model for Assessing Effect of Bacterial Growth on Intrinsic Permeability of Soil: Column Experiment Simulation," Transport in Porous Media, 119, (2), pp. 285-309.
  • G.F.Pinder, J. Montague, J. Gonyea, S. Hipko and R. Watts (2017) "Visualization and simulation of density driven convection in porous media using magnetic resonance imaging, J. Contaminant Hydrology 212: 78-84.
  • G.F. Pinder, M. Peraki and E. Ghazanfari (2018) "Numerical investigation of two-phase immiscible flow for oil production using a combination of waterflooding and electrically-enhanced oil recovery" Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, DOI:10.1007/s13202-018-0449-0.
  • G.F. Pinder, M. Peraki and E. Ghazanfari (2018) "Investigation of the feasibility of crude oil viscosity change under applied electrical field in porous media and its significance for transport phenomena," Journal of Porous Media, DOI: 10.1615/JPorMedia.2019029058 
  • G.F.Pinder, J. Montague and T.L. Watson (2018) " Predicting gas migration through existing oil and gas wells,' Environmental Geosciences, 25(4) 121-132.
  • G.F. Pinder (2017) Numerical methods for solving partial differential equations: a comprehensive introduction for scientists and engineers, John Wiley and Sons. ISBN: 978-1-119-31638-1

Awards and Recognition

  • University of Vermont's Distinguished University Professor
  • EWRI Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Honorary Diplomate of the ASCE 
  • ASCE Distinguished Member medal 
  • National Academy of Engineering 
  • Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering 
  • Julian Hinds Medal of the ASCE 
  • Eminent Scientists Award medal from the Wessex Institute of Technology 
  • O.E. Meinzer award from the Geological Society of America
  • Horton Award of the AGU.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Fellow of Wessex Institute
  • Fellow of the AGU
  • Society of Sigma Xi,
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • American Institute of Hydrology


Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Groundwater hydrology, numerical mathematics, porous media flow, porous media transport, groundwater modeling 


  • PhD, Geology, Civil Engineering and Agriculture, University of Illinois at Urbana
  • BS, Geology, University of Western Ontario (London)


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