Mark Houck

Mark H. Houck, Ph.D., PE

Professor, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
Telephone: (703) 993-1737
2233 Nguyen Engineering Building


  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1976
  • BES, Engineering Science, Johns Hopkins University, 1972


Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering


Environmental and Water Resource Engineering

Professional service:

  • ASCE
  • AAEE
  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS)
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA)

Faculty profile:

Dr. Houck was appointed Professor of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University in 1992. He is also an Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research, and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Previously, he held faculty appointments in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington at Seattle (1976-78), and Purdue University (1978-91); and visiting faculty appointments at The Johns Hopkins University (1989-90), and Heriot-Watt University in Scotland (2003). In the private sector, he has served as an officer of two firms specializing in water resources engineering. Dr. Houck is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a Diplomat of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, and was awarded the Huber Research Prize by ASCE. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, a registered Professional Engineer, and a Professional Hydrologist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering science (BES) and a doctor’s degree in environmental engineering (PhD) from The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Houck’s research and teaching interests include water and environmental systems engineering. He has taught courses on statistics and probability; environmental economics; systems analysis and engineering; mathematical modeling (optimization and simulation) of complex engineering systems; operations research; urban systems engineering; and all aspects of water management and engineering, including hydrology, hydraulics, and water resources. His most recent research work has been in the area of water and wastewater infrastructure security.