January 2018


Mr. Chris Ranck, P.E., BCEE, ENV SP, D.WRE, M.ASCE is a principal water resources engineer with Arcadis and has 17 years of professional experience in hydraulic and water quality modeling, regulatory and planning projects. Mr. Ranck serves as a technical community of practice leader for integrated planning and water quality modeling. Chris also leads the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Collection System Modeling technical practice group.

Mr. Ranck has significant experience in combined sewer overflow long term control plan (CSO LTCP) planning, hydraulic modeling, water quality modeling, master planning, TMDL development, and preliminary design.  Other experience includes AWT plant hydraulics, CSO/AWT value engineering, drainage design, and PCB remediation. He has developed several data management methods for linking hydraulic and water quality models to geographic information systems (GIS). Chris is an experienced user of SWMM, WASP, STORM, SSOAP, EPANET, StormNET, WaterNetworks, KYPIPE, SLIICER, ArcView GIS, Spatial Analyst, and 3D Analyst.

Chris received his BSCE and his MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a registered professional engineering in Hawaii and Indiana. He is a member of the Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honor Society; Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society; Water Environment Federation; Association of Christian Design Professionals; and the National Eagle Scout Association.

In 2017, Chris was named one of ENR’s Top Young Professionals. Chris lives in Indianapolis, IN, with his wife Melissa and their three sons, Ian, Beckett, and Mitchell. The family attends Common Ground Christian Church in Indianapolis.

Chris has been a board certified Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer since May 2010. In this interview feature, Chris shares with AAWRE on his career path, his volunteer work on committees, his take on leadership, challenges in civil engineering, and his personal interests.

Most fun class while in school: I was fortunate to be able to take an independent study during graduate school where I helped a PhD student with her research in soil bacteria’s ability to break down toluene and similar pollutants.