Kassab, Bassam

Kassab, Bassam

Lecturer AY-B, Civil & Environ Engineering


Preferred: bassam.kassab@sjsu.edu

Spring 2022 office hours:

- Monday from 8:45 to 9:45 p.m. on Zoom;

- Thursday from 8:45 to 9:45 p.m. on Zoom; or

- by appointment on Zoom.


  • Master of Science, Hydrology and Water Resource, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT), 2000
  • Master of Engineering, Environmental & Water Resources Engineering, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1995
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1993

Licenses and Certificates

  • Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering (license # C 68999), California, United States, 2005
  • Program and Project Management Certificate, California, United States, 2011


Bassam Kassab (he/él/il/هو) is currently the Engineering Manager for Raw Water Operations at the Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water). In this role, he manages seven operators, six engineers, and an analyst who operate a vast water network that includes 10 dams/reservoirs, three pumping stations, and 95 miles of raw water transmission pipelines in Santa Clara County. This raw water system provides untreated water to three water treatment plants; maintains a groundwater recharge program in a complex network of 102 percolation ponds and 91 miles of streams; and supports the fisheries, wildlife, and ecosystem in 275 miles of creeks in the county. 

Bassam has been working at Valley Water for a little over 20 years. He started off as an Assistant Engineer working on capital projects. Then he was promoted to an Associate Civil Engineering position, focusing on operations planning and analysis. More recently he was the Groundwater Management's Senior Water Resources Specialist, supervising the groundwater modeling group, managing the groundwater supply and land subsidence programs, and leading the effort to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. In February 2019, he was selected to become the Water Supply Operations Manager.

At San José State University, Bassam has been an Adjunct Faculty in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department since the Spring of 2014 . He teaches water resources engineering courses --Hydraulic Design (CE 154) and Design of Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Systems (CE 174). His research interests include water distribution networks, hydraulic transients, deterministic and stochastic hillslope hydrology, flow of dry grains, as well as production and inventory management in Operations Research (OR).

Bassam had also designed and taught a three-level, 18-month long Spanish class.

Bassam is the executive director of Zarco Films, an independent film production company based in San José, California. He wrote screenplays in Spanish ("Sin Visa" and "Bi.das") and produced many short and feature films that tackled social issues head-on. He is also a songwriter in the four languages that he is fluent in --Arabic, English, French, and Spanish. His lyrics for "Yo Canto," "Tus lágrimas, mamá," "Farewell,"  and "O Mother (يا أمي)" were composed into music and performed by the international artist Mike Massy.

Bassam is also an actor with credits including two feature films that were screened at many film festivals around the world --"Sin Visa" (México & USA, 2015) and the award-winning "All My Life (طول عمري)" (Egypt & USA, 2008)-- and a play titled "Turab Libnan" performed on stage at Stanford University and in San Francisco.