Dr. Elizabeth C. Bristow, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor

CE Mechanics Group Director


Dr. Elizabeth Bristow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering and has taught at the United States Military Academy since 2007.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering; Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering; Certificate in Advanced International Affairs; and Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.    Her research interests include water resources engineering, emergency response, and the interdependence and security of critical infrastructure systems.  She currently serves as the Civil Engineering Mechanics Group Director.  She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York.

Ongoing Research Projects

Optimization of Railroad Route Selection for Environmental, Social, and Economic Impact

Standardization of Lock and Dam Components

Evaluation of Effects of Face Masks on Teaching Engineering

Publications & Presentations

Koch, Z., Yuan, M., and Bristow, E.  (2019).  “Emergency Response After Disaster Strikes: Agent-Based Simulation of Ambulances in New Windsor, NY”  Journal of Infrastructure Systems 26(3), 06020001-1-8.


Rao, P., Hromadka, T.V., Huxley, C., Souders, D., Jordan, N. Yen, C.C., Bristow, E., Biering, C. Horton, S., and Espinosa, B.  (2017).  “Assessment of computer modeling accuracy in floodplain hydraulics.”  International Journal of Modelling and Simulation 37(2), 88-95.


Selected Conference Papers and Presentations:


Pickell, W., Kopeikin, A., Bristow, E., and Bluman, J.  (2019).  “Feasibility Study for a Medevac Electric UAS Capability.”  International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), Atlanta, GA.


Koch, Z., Yuan, M., and Bristow, E.  (2018).  “Emergency Response After Disaster Strikes: Agent-Based Transportation Simulation of Ambulances in New Windsor, NY.”  Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.