Janka Ovcharovichova


CFK Board of Directors Member  - Objective

Serve as a board member of the Council for Frontiers of Knowledge (CFK).
Assist in professional development of the research in Africa.
Contribute to the collaboration of the African scholars and scholars of the other continents.
Support professional growth of African researchers.
Promote capacity building of the research and education in Africa.

Academic Background
  • University of Padova, Institute of Hydraulic Giovanni Polleni, Italy, Spring semester 1987, Post Doctorate Research Self Study, Hydrology
  • Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovakia, July 1976 to July 1982, Doctorate, Water Resources Engineering
  • Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovakia, August 1974 to July 1976, Master of Science, Water Resources Engineering
  • Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovakia, August 1971 to July 1974, Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering

Foreign Language Abilities/Skills
  • English, work in the USA since 1988, second native tongue.
  • Russian, Slovak Polytechnic University, Bratislava, Slovakia, September 1971 to June 1978, Certificate.
  • German, Institute of Foreign Languages, Bratislava, Slovakia, September 1976 to December 1980, Associate Degree.
  • French, J.A. Komensky University, Bratislava, Slovakia, January 1985 to March 1987, International Experts Certificate.
  • Italian, lived and worked in Italy.
  • Slovak native tongue.

Professional Licenses
Registered Professional Engineer (PE)
Delaware (1997), USA
Pennsylvania (1998), USA
Maryland (1999), USA

Academic/Teaching Experience
Fulbright Scholar, Academic year 2011/2012, Makerere University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Kampala, Uganda
  • Teaching Master’s degree courses Highway geometry design, Transportation systems analysis and Statistical analyses in hydrology.
  • Conducting research projects in tranportation engineering and effect of climate change on Uganda hydrology.
  • Supervising and co-supervising B.S. degree and M.Sc. Degree students.
  • Serving as an internal examiner for M.Sc. Degree dissertations.
  • Serving on a committee for M.Sc. degree dissertations presentations.
  • Serving on a committee at the US Embassy in Kampala. Reviewing applications and interviewing african scholars, candidates for the Fulbright award in the USA.
  • Participating in the US Mission in Uganda projects and scholarly activities coordinated by the US Embassy in Kampala.
  • Volunteering guest professor at Kampala University, since 2010.
  • Assisting in preparation of the proposals for the Faculty of Civil, Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning, since 2010.
  • Professor, Civil Engineering Technology Program Coordinator, HACC College, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
  • January 2000 to present
  • Started and built Civil Engineering Technology program into a curriculum.
  • Teaching credit courses on Highway, Applied Hydraulics and Hydrology Engineering and Numerical Methods in engineering.
  • Teaching non credit courses on Global warming and Climate change.
  • Establishing partnerships between the college, off-site partners, industry and state institutions.
  • Developing and instructing interdisciplinary courses.
  • Preparing budgets, requests for grants, fundraisers and donations; aquiring additional funds for special projects.
  • Instructor/Senior Instructor, Slovak Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • July 1976 to March 1987
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Transportation and Water Resources Engineering.
  • Advising full-time students in B.S. and M.Sc. program.
  • Participating in 11-year international research project proposed on the Danube River between Slovakia and Hungary (Gabcikovo-Nagymarosz).

Experience from the Engineering Industry, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland, USA, 1988 to 1999
Hydraulic and hydrologic analyses, environmental and ecology studies, risk assessments and state and federal permits preparation. Environmental simulation model development in GIS environment in cooperation with Cornell University, New York, USA.
Highway design, transportation, urban and land development projects. Work prepared for the State Departments of Transportation, Department of Environmental Protection and private industry.

Entrepreneurial Experience
Woman’s Business Owner since 2003 - 2010
Hydrology and hydraulic studies, flood analyses, hydraulic structures sizing, flood plain delineation, dam breach analyses, risk assessment studies and flood evacuation plans.

Professional/Academic Honors and Awards
  • Mechanical Engineering University of Charkov Award, Ukrainian Republic, Soviet Union, 1977
  • University of Weimar Award, Germany, 1978
  • National Slovak Youth Organization, Peter Jilemnicky Medal, Slovakia, 1980
  • Civil Engineering Faculty Award, Slovak Technical University, Slovakia, 1987
  • Letter of Appreciation from the Governor of Pennsylvania Edward Rendell and the First Lady, Judge Marjorie Rendell, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, 2003
  • Pennsy Supply, Inc., Commemorative plaque, Pennsylvania, USA, 2004.
  • Honorary Membership, Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA, 2007
  • Donald & Dorothy Stabler Faculty Award, HACC College, 2008
  • Certificate of Excellence, HACC College, September 2010, 2011, 2012, USA
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America

Workshops / Seminars
Attended approximately 300 workshops, seminars and continuing education sessions since 1988. CEU’s and PDH’s hours reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Act 48 Continuing Professional Education Record System, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

Research/Scholarly Activities
  • Ovcharovichova, J., "The Importance of Hydraulic Grade Line", Civil Engineering News, September 1997,   Page 39 - 42
  • Ovcharovichova J., Pugh R., "Supplementing Ground Water Driven Mitigation Wetland With Surface Water  Sources, case Study For S.R.0322 - Missing Link", Proceedings from International Conference on Advances  in Ground Water Hydrology, AIH, Tampa, Florida, November 1997, Page 222-227
  • Ovcharovichova, J., "Objective Versus Subjective Uncertainties Associated With Flow Analyses", Proceedings from International Conference on Advances in Ground Water Hydrology, AIH, Tampa, Florida,  November 1997, Page 308-313
  • Ovcharovichova, J., Markel, K.,"Drainage Culvert Installation by Jacking and Boring", ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, August 1998, Vol.3, No.3, Page 125-127
  • Ovcharovichova, J., Experience From Estimating Nitrate-Nitrogen in Karst Limestone Geology in Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania, USA", Proceedings from XXIX International Congress on Hydrology and  Land Use Management,  September 1999, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  • Okirya, M., Rugumayo, A., Ovcharovichova, J., “Application of HEC-RAS and GIS tools in flood modeling. A case study for River Sironko, Uganda, 2012, GJEDT Journal, December 2012, India

Texts Published at HACC College, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

  • Step by Step Computer Aided Design for Civil Engineering Technology applications, 2000, updated 2009.
  • Civil Engineering Graphics Book of Solved Problems, 2000, updated 2010.
  • Highway Design Book of Solved Problems, 2002, updated 2008.
  • Drainage Design Book of Solved Problems, 2002, updated 2009.
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control Design Book of Solved Problems, 2003, updated 2010.

Drainage Design, Chapter 10, PennDOT Design Manual II, Harrisburg, PA, USA, 1994. Prepared the first System International version of the English edition of the design manual. Consulting firm contracted by the PA Department of Transportation.
Academic Research
Thermal pollution research
  • A grant study in cooperation with the Innovation Transfer Network, PennState University, Middletown, Pennsylvania, the Blue Mountain Preservation Association, State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Erosion and Sedimentation (E&S) Control Staging Notes.
  • Survey of the E&S staging notes required by the PA Code Title 25. ER, Chapter 102. E&S. Cooperation with the State Department of Environmental Protection, Waterways, Wetlands and Erosion Control Division, and the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC).
Degradation of the canal network in Zitny Ostrov, Southern Slovakia.
  • Research of the sediment transport in the irrigation canals, Danube River watershed, southern Slovakia. Cooperation with the scholars of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Hydraulics and Hydrology.
Bridge Scour
  • Comparison of numerical solutions of bridge scour using a wide variety of scholarly and practical engineering methods with the results of the Hydraulic Engineering Circular No. 18 Manual (HEC-18) published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), USA.

Work with Makerere University
Laterite soils
  • Study of the bearing capacity of the laterite soils for Uganda pavement structures. Performed in the soil laboratory of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Faculty of Chemistry.
Rainwater harvesting for agriculture purposes in Uganda
  • Simulation and prediction of the parameters of the major hydrological  events uing forty year of meteorological records from the Meteorological station in Entebbe, Uganda. Cooperation of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and M.Sc. students.

Flood flow simulation as a response to the climate change in Uganda
  • Investigation of the effects of climate changes and global warming using hydrological time series from the Meteorological station in Entebbe, Uganda. Cooperation with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and M.Sc. students.
Pavement materials
  • Study of the visco elastic properties of bitumen used in construction of the roads in Uganda. Cooperation with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  and B.Sc. students.
Academic Service - Committees at HACC College, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
  • College Faculty Council, 2002 to 2004
  • Faculty Procedures and Policies Committee, 2005 to 2008
  • Numerous search committees, 2005 to present
  • College Wide Retention Committee, 2005 to 2007
  • Evaluation of the Administrators Committee, 2006
  • Chair of the Civil Technology Program Advisory Committee, 2000 to present
  • Honorary Degree Committee, 2009 to present
  • DACUM facilitator for the academic programs, since 2013

Academic service, work with State Regulatory Agencies and State System of Higher Education
  • Committee member, Central Pennsylvania Community Colleges and Central Pennsylvania Technical Preparation Consortia; developing a competency framework for the computer aided design curriculum, since 2010
  • Coordinator and sponsor, Erosion and Sedimentation Control Specialist certification program (State CPESC Certification) in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and ACF Environmental, Inc., since 2006
  • Committee member, College Accreditation, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 2005 to 2006.

Professional service, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Coordinator and supervisor, a project for the Pennsylvania State Department of General Services, 2004 to 2006.
  • Judge, Engineering and Sciences Fairs, engineering contests and competitions in cooperation with PennState University, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania Agriculture Educators, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and PA FBLA, since 2003.
  • Exhibitor, Civil Engineering achievements during National Engineering week in cooperation with the ASCE, Central PA Engineers Week Council and CSI Institute, since 2003.

Affiliations/ Memberships
  • Delaware Valley of Translators Association, since 1988
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Central Pennsylvania Section, since 1998
  • Engineer’s Society of Pennsylvania, since 1992
  • Cumberland County Historical Society, Honorary member since 2007
  • Included on the list of Friends of Geology, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, since 2007

Professional Society Service, ASCE
  • Chairing two technical groups, Hydraulic and Environmental, of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), membership organization, Pennsylvania, USA, since November 1998
  • Moderating and chairing the sections of ASCE conferences; 1997 to 1999.
  • Sponsoring and coordinating the state level certification program CPESC (Certified Professional in Erosion and Sedimentation Control) in cooperation with the Pennsylvania DEP and ACF, Inc., since 2006.
  • Coordinating the conferences, symposiums, workshops, training and continuing education sessions.

ASCE Journal of Transportation reviewer
  • Served as a reviewer of the scientific articles’ manuscripts submitted to the ASCE Journal of Transportation; 1998 to 2003.

Volunteer Work
Volunteering since 2001 with PSM, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA.
Recipient of the “Volunteer of the Year” by Frye Award Service, April 2009, Harrisburg.

Humanitarian activity
Uganda, East Africa, Summer 2010.
  • Invited by a humanitarian organization TATS, Kampala, to teach civil engineering classes at the universities in Kampala.
  • Promoting education in East Africa.
  • Teaching guest lectures at Kampala University.
  • Meeting faculty members at Makerere University.

CCNV (Community for Creation of Non Violence), Washington, D.C., USA, Summer 1983.
  • Assisting in the shelters and hospitals.
  • Participating in the demonstrations against the violence.

Engineering work outside of native country
Visiting Hydrologic Engineer, Studio Altieri, Thiene, Italy, June through September 1987.
  • External hydrologic engineer. Performed hydrologic study on Adige River and Isarco River, Northern Italy.
  • Estimated the probability and magnitude of the extreme hydrological events related to the rivers.
  • Results were used for sizing the retention basins and protecting the community against floods.

Visiting Hydraulic Engineer, Protecno, Studio Tecnico, Padova, Italy, March through May 1987.
  • Team member of the "New Venice" project featured in numerous TV shows in Europe and USA in 1989.
  • Investigated the impact of the tidal waves in the Gulf of Venice; evaluated detrimental effect on the historical monuments.
  • Cooperated with the University of Padova, Institute of Hydraulics.
  • Results assisted the local government; decision were made on how to salvage historical monuments in Venice.

Coordinator and supervisor, global education graduate study:
  • Bulgaria, 1974
  • Ukrainian Republic, Soviet Union, 1977
  • East Germany, 1978
  • Moscow, Soviet Union, 1979