Ryoko Araki
MSc Watershed, Graduate Assistant
Department of Geography
San Diego State University
Research Gate
Google Scholar

hydrology, subsurface processes, soil moisture dynamics, climate and land-use impacts, flood and droughts


Latest News
Oct 31, 2019  Opened the personal webpage


Master of Science, Watershed (in progress)
Department of Geography, San Diego State University
Thesis supervisor: Dr. Hilary McMillan [webpage]
Aug 2019 – Present

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)
Undergraduate International Course Program in Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
Apr 2015 – Mar 2019

– Graduated with a top 20% honor
– For students admitted until 2015, Kyoto University does not calculate the official GPA. According to international standards, my GPA would be calculated as 3.74/4.0
– Featured in Student Voice 

Thesis title: Characteristics of soil and hillslope runoff in humid tropical forest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Associate Professor Dr.Takahiro Sayama at
Disaster Prevention Research Institute [webpage]

Exchange Program (non-degree seeking)
Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto
Sep 2017 – Dec 2017

Awards and Honors

Research Excellence
The Best Presentation Award, the Japan Society of Civil Engineers Kansai Chapter Scientific Conference, 2019.5

Academic Excellence
The Excellent Student Award for students graduating with top 20% in the Civil Engineering at Kyoto University, 2019

Scholarship and Fellowships
Daishin Corporation Study Abroad Scholarship, 2019  [report, in Japanese]

Japan Student Service Organization Study Abroad Scholarship, 2019

Kyoto University Yoshida Kishichiro Fellowship for top students in the International Program of Civil Engineering, 2017

Gyomusuper Japan Dream Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship,  2017

Japan Student Service Organization for Short-term Study Abroad Scholarship, 2017

Professional Experiences

Graduate Assistant
Department of Geography, San Diego State University     
Aug 2019 – Present

Teaching Assistant of the class “Experiment in Hydraulics”
Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
Apr 2019 – Jul 2019

Technical Strength

– Hydrology and Water Resource Management
– Laboratory and field experiment skills: Basic skill in hydraulics and soil mechanics experiments. Expertized skills in soil moisture tension measurement, permeability test, particle size distribution test, infiltration test, cone-penetrometer test
– Hydrologic modeling
– Civil Engineering: hydraulics, structural and material engineering, geoscience, city planning
– Engineering Mathematics and Physics

Software & Tools
Hydrus-1D, MODFLOW, ArcGIS, gnuplot

Matlab, Fortran, LaTeX

English (Professional proficiency), Japanese (Native), Chinese (Intermediate)