Kassab, Bassam

Kassab, Bassam

Lecturer AY-B, Civil & Environ Engineering


Preferred: bassam.kassab@sjsu.edu

Fall 2021 office hours:

- Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Zoom;

- Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 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 is currently the Engineering Manager for Raw Water Operations at the Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water). In this role, he manages a unit formed of seven operators, a staff analyst, and six engineers who operate the raw water system, including 10 reservoirs in Santa Clara County, and provide untreated water to three treatment plants and a vast network of creeks and recharge ponds.

Bassam has been working at Valley Water for 20 years, first as an Assistant Engineer (2001-2008) in the Capital Projects Division, then as an Associate Civil Engineer (2008-2015) in Operations Planning and Analysis, and more recently as a Senior Water Resources Specialist (2015-2019) in the Groundwater Management Unit, 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 (SGMA).

Bassam started teaching water resources engineering classes at San José State University in January 2014. These are 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.

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

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 contemporary social issues. He is also a songwriter in the four languages that he is fluent in --Arabic, English, French, and Spanish--. His lyrics for "Yo Canto" and "O Mother" were composed into music and performed by the international artist Mike Massy. Finally, Bassam is an actor with credits including two feature films "All My Life" (Egypt & USA, 2008) and "Sin Visa" (Mexico & USA, 2015), and a stage play "Turab Libnan" performed at Stanford University and in San Francisco.