Civil Engineering – Water Resources & Environmental

Beth is our Water Resources & Environmental instructor for the DTC Civil PE Exam Review courses. Beth is a dedicated and experienced teacher as well as an active consulting engineer who brings a wealth of knowledge to her course materials.

I’m Beth Sciaudone, a Civil Engineer specializing in Water Resources, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering. I work to analyze data to determine the most appropriate solutions for some of the biggest problems we face today—climate change, changing water demand, rising sea levels. I once heard a colleague say that civil engineers are the “first responders” to climate change, charged with maintaining the infrastructure of our world’s cities and towns as changes in rainfall patterns, population growth, and sea level alter the ways we design these systems. This is an exciting opportunity and an essential responsibility. I employ the concepts of fluid mechanics and hydrology to identify how water will flow, across watersheds or through distribution or collection systems, to evaluate how design of infrastructure will need to evolve in the future. 

To help you gain a better understanding of what to expect on the Water Resources and Environmental portion of the AM exam, I’m going to first work through the essential concepts of fluid mechanics and hydrology. We will focus on the basics and those topics most likely to be on the exam. Then we will move on to the basics of open channel flow and stormwater management and that will conclude the focus for those who are taking a different depth PM section. 

For those taking the Water Resources and Environmental Depth PM section, I will review more advanced topics in hydraulics and hydrology that were not covered previously, including flow measurement, pumps, and pipes. I will delve into more detail on open channel flow, groundwater, and wells. I will go over the essentials of water quality, moving from there to details of water and wastewater treatment. We will focus on working through example problems and becoming familiar with the CERM and other resources. It is my firm belief that you can never work too many problems when preparing for the PE exam!”

– Beth

Beth received her B.S.E. in civil engineering from Duke University and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in civil/coastal engineering from North Carolina State University. She has worked for a state agency in South Carolina and as a consulting engineer in Florida and North Carolina. She currently works part time as a research assistant professor at NC State. She is a licensed P.E. in the state of Florida.


When I first started working as a consulting engineer, I was nonplussed that my title was “Coastal Scientist” – after all, I had spent over 8 years studying engineering – couldn’t that be my title? It turns out that I could only be called a “Coastal Engineer” once I had obtained my P.E. license.

Well, I got down to business researching when I could take the exam. With other work experience and my Ph.D. in hand, it turned out that I only had to wait about two years before I was eligible to sit for the exam. I started studying (and let me tell you – I wish Dr. Tom’s method had been around back when I was sitting down every week working through the CERM!) to get ready to take the exam in April of 2004.

When exam day arrived, I was about 4 months pregnant, which made that year doubly exciting, as my first daughter was born right after I found out that I passed.

I was so proud to order my new business cards with “Engineer” as my title, and I got a raise to boot! I left those old business cards behind in the recycling bin. I’m proud to be a role model for my daughters, who know that they too can achieve whatever they set their minds to.

– Beth



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