Yu-Feng Lin

Ph.D., P.G., GISP

  • 615 East Peabody Drive, Natural Resources Building, MC-650

    61820 Champaign

    United States

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Personal profile

Academic Service

Research Interests

  • Groundwater and geothermal resources
  • Groundwater and surface water interactions
  • Fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing (FO-DTS)
  • Groundwater and public health connections

Honors & Awards

Fellow, 2018, Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, USA.
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013, Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan.
Faculty Fellow, 2006, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Urbana, IL, USA.


  • Geothermal Heat Recovery Complex: Large-Scale, Deep Direct-Use System in a Low-Temperature Sedimentary Basin, 2017 – 2020, Principal Investigator, awarded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. https://www.isgs.illinois.edu/achievements/october/isgs-receives-720000-award-doe-geothermal-research
  • Thermal Response Test Unit for Geothermal Pilot Project, 2017 – 2018, Advisor, Student Sustainability Committee project awarded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Development on Improving Geothermal Exchange Infrastructure, 2016-2017, Principal Investigator, awarded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Using Distributed Temperature Sensing to Measure Stream–Aquifer Exchange at the Ribeirão da Onça Creek Watershed in the Guarani Aquifer System, 2016 – 2018, Principal Investigator, awarded by the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP [Grant# 2015/03806-1].
  • High Resolution Temperature Profiling and Thermal Analysis for Geothermal Energy, 2016 – 2018, Principal Investigator, awarded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • MRI: Acquisition of a National CyberGIS Facility for Computing and Data-Intensive Geospatial Research and Education, 2014 – 2017, Senior Personnel, awarded by US National Science Foundation. http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1429699
  • Scientific Activities in Support of Water Supply Planning, Illinois, 2014 – 2016, Co-Principal Investigator, awarded by Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
  • Intensively Managed Landscapes-Critical Zone Observatory (IML-CZO), Established in 2013, Investigator, awarded by US National Science Foundation. http://criticalzone.org/iml/about/
  • Protecting drinking water by reducing uncertainties associated with the geologic carbon sequestration in deep saline aquifers, 2010 – 2013, Co-Principal Investigator, awarded by US Environmental Protection Agency – Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program.
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  • Groundwater Studies for Water Supply Planning in McHenry County, Illinois, 2010 – 2012, Co-Principal Investigator, awarded by McHenry County, Illinois.
  • Scientific Support for Updating Elgin’s Comprehensive Water Master Plan, 2010, Co-Principal Investigator, awarded by Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
  • Illinois water supply planning, 2007 – 2010, Co-Principal Investigator, awarded by the State of Illinois.
  • Balancing irrigation and instream water requirements under drought conditions: a study of the Kankakee River watershed, 2007 – 2009, Collaborator, awarded by the Illinois Water Resources Center.
  • Smart Pipe – Nanosensors for monitoring water quantity and quality in public water systems, 2006 – 2009, Principal Investigator, awarded by US Environmental Protection Agency – Midwest Technology Assistance Center.
  • The development of point-to-zone pattern learning (P2Z) for groundwater recharge and discharge estimation, 2006 – 2008, Principal Investigator, awarded by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications - Faculty Fellows Program 2006. http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/about/fellows_awardees/the_development_of_point_to_zone_pattern_learning_p2z_for_groundwater_recha
  • Antibiotic resistance genes and residues in water and soil in close proximity to swine production facilities, 2005 – 2009, Co-Principal Investigator, awarded by U.S. Department of Agriculture (National Research Initiative Competitive Grants).
  • Estimating shallow recharge and discharge in northeastern Illinois using GIS and pattern-recognition procedures, 2004 – 2007, Principal Investigator, awarded by U.S. Geological Survey and National Institutes for Water Resources (National Competitive Grants 104G). http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/04grants/national/2004IL49G.html
  • Spatial and temporal shallow recharge rates in Wisconsin, 2003 – 2006, Collaborator, awarded by U.S. Geological Survey internal fund.
  • Water-resources investigations for Kane County, Illinois, 2002 – 2008, Researcher, awarded by Kane County, Illinois and the State of Illinois.

Intellectual Property

uWATER-PA – Ubiquitous WebGIS Analysis Toolkit for Extensive Resources: an ArcGIS Explorer plug-in package developed for initial assessment on complex groundwater pumping impacts (Details and download available at https://www.isws.illinois.edu/iswsdocs/sware/uwaterpa/uWATER-PA-Manual.pdf)

uWATER – The ubiquitous WebGIS Analysis Toolkit for Extensive Resources: an ArcGIS Explorer plug-in package developed for visualizing and analyzing decision support variables (Details and download available at https://www.isws.illinois.edu/iswsdocs/sware/uwater/uWATER1.1-Manual.pdf)

SP2Learn – Spatial Pattern to Learn: A software suite for geospatial modeling from ancillary field measurements using image processing and machine learning (Details and download available at http://isda.ncsa.illinois.edu/download/index.php?project=SP2Learn&category=documentation&version=Unknown&file=SP2Learn_v2_userGuide20090112.pdf)

PRO-GRADE – Pattern Recognition Organizer and Groundwater Recharge And Discharge Estimator for Geographic Information Systems: A software package includes two GIS plug-in tools for image and map pattern recognition and groundwater recharge and discharge estimation in 2D and steady state (Details and download available at https://www.isws.illinois.edu/iswsdocs/sware/prograde/PRO-GRADE-guide-web.pdf)

Professional Information

Management Board, member, since 2019, Hydrogeology Division, Geological Society of America

Executive Editor, since 2017, Groundwater, National Ground Water Association

Delegate, Since 2013, the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)

Representative, since 2011, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) established by U.S. National Science Foundation

Representative Member, since 2010, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) established by U.S. National Science Foundation


Education/Academic qualification

Geological Engineering, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Award Date: Aug 15 2002

Civil and Environmental Engineering, MS, University of Connecticut

Award Date: Aug 15 1996


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Water Resources
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Numerical Model
  • Optimization
  • QE Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Groundwater

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Research Output

Critical transition in critical zone of intensively managed landscapes

Kumar, P., Le, P. V. V., Papanicolaou, A. N. T., Rhoads, B. L., Anders, A. M., Stumpf, A., Wilson, C. G., Bettis, E. A., Blair, N., Ward, A. S., Filley, T., Lin, H., Keefer, L., Keefer, D. A., Lin, Y. F., Muste, M., Royer, T. V., Foufoula-Georgiou, E. & Belmont, P., Jun 2018, In : Anthropocene. 22, p. 10-19 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Direct Conservative Domain in the Continuous Galerkin Method for Groundwater Models

    Wu, Q., Zhao, Y., Lin, Y. F. F., Xu, H. & Zhang, H., May 1 2018, In : GroundWater. 56, 3, p. 491-500 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Distributed thermal response test to analyze thermal properties in heterogeneous lithology

    McDaniel, A., Tinjum, J., Hart, D. J., Lin, Y. F., Stumpf, A. & Thomas, L., Nov 2018, In : Geothermics. 76, p. 116-124 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Feasibility of a Deep Direct-Use Geothermal System at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Stumpf, A., Damico, J., Okwen, R., Stark, T., Elrick, S., Nelson, W. J., Lu, Y., Holcomb, F., Tinjum, J., Yang, F., Frailey, S. & Lin, Y-F., 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper