Research Team Bios

Cristina M. Poindexter
Faculty Affiliate
Cristina M. Poindexter
  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 2002
  • Professional Engineer, State of California


Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, California State University, Sacramento, 2021–present; Assistant Professor, 2015–2021

Faculty Affiliate, Office of Water Programs, California State University, Sacramento,
2017–present
  • Reviews dam breach inundation maps
  • Sizes woodland buffer for wave height reduction at a levee
  • Evaluates the effects of climate change on design storm runoff in small watersheds
Water Resources Engineer, Stetson Engineers, Inc., San Rafael, CA, 2002–2007
  • Modeled evapotranspiration to determine irrigation water requirements
  • Supported stream flow monitoring network
  • Numerically simulated flooding in rivers and creeks
Professional Interests: Dam breach inundation simulation tools, wetland restoration for subsidence reversal, flow measurement, engineering/science education