Dr. Sciortino joined the CSULB Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management Department in January 2004. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from the Politecnico di Bari, Italy, and her MS and PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a 1996 Fulbright scholar.
Dr. Sciortino's research interest is water resources, with an emphasis on groundwater processes. Prior to joining CSULB, Dr. Sciortino worked as a visiting researcher at the U.S. Salinity Laboratory in Riverside, California; as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at UCLA; and as a visiting researcher and project engineer for Italian government agencies. She holds the Italian Professional Engineering license.
Dr. Sciortino's research focuses on numerical modeling of groundwater and vadose zone processes. Her area of expertise includes modeling dissolution from DNAPL pools, inverse modeling for parameter estimation, optimization strategies to locate pollutant sources used in forensic contaminant hydrology and to design groundwater pumping, and numerical modeling for determining the impact of alternative fuels on subsurface quality. Dr Sciortino is the author and coauthor of papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Advances in Water Resources and the Soil Science Society of America Journal. She has given numerous presentations to national and international conferences.
Dr. Sciortino is the recipient of numerous recognitions, including the 2006 AESB Faculty of the Year Award, 2009 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010 CSULB Alumni Association Most Inspirational Professor Award, ASCE Orange County Branch 2010 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, and the 2011 CSULB Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.