Faculty Collaborating with the Energy Institute

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Cowen, Edwin (Todd)

Research Interests: Cowen has built an environmental fluid mechanics research program centered on four themes: environmental transport processes, water wave induced flows, lake hydrodynamics (physical limnology), and quantitative imaging techniques. He has developed experimental techniques, built new facilities, and undertaken basic research in: the dispersal of mass by jets and low-momentum point sources; scale-dependent dispersion, swash zone (the region of the beach face that is alternately dry and wet) turbulence; wave-structure interaction; exchange processes at embayment-lake connections; residence time in natural water bodies; internal waves in lakes and reservoirs, the effects of macrophytes on the mass and momentum transport processes, gas transfer by turbulence at an air-water interface, sediment suspension by turbulence at a sediment-water interface, and the remote sensing of discharge (flow rate) by optical means. Cowen's work on environmental turbulence, particularly the wake-wake interactions in macrophyte canopies, has lead to his recent push into the field of wind energy with research interests in wind turbine wakes and wind farm siting and optimization. Cowen is recognized as an authority in the areas of experimental measurements in fluid flows and environmental fluid mechanics and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Experiments in Fluids and an associate editor of the journal Environmental Fluid Mechanics.

Email: eac20@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-5140
Website:  http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=eac20

Daziano, Ricardo

Research Interests: Theoretical and applied econometrics of consumer behavior, specifically on discrete choice models applied to technological innovation and transportation. Daziano's specific empirical research interests include the analysis of pro-environmental preferences toward low-emission vehicles, modeling the adoption of sustainable travel behavior, estimating willingness-to-pay for renewable energy, and forecasting consumers' response to environmentally-friendly energy sources.

Email: ra477@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-2018
Website:  http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=ra477

Earls, Christopher

Research Interests: Earls' Group is concerned with developing novel algorithmic and computational approaches that enable new understanding concerning the actual condition, and future performance of complex structural systems. Practical challenges concerning the principled treatment of uncertainty, sparse sensing, and the complex multi-physics response modalities of the real-world are motivational in our work. The intellectual themes that underpin our research are: computational mechanics, high performance computing, and applied mathematics. Problems of interest to us occur in the domains of engineering and applied science.

Phone: 607-255-1652
Website: http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=cje23

Gao, Oliver

Research Interests: Gao's research interests include transportation and environment/energy systems; mobile emissions inventory and air quality modeling; environment and energy impacts of alternative transportation (fuel, engine, infrast.) technologies, methodological: statistics/econometrics, mathematical modeling & operations research, experimental; and environmental economics and complex networks of renewable energy supply chain

Email: hg55@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-254-8334
Website:  http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=hg55

Grigoriu, Mircea

Research Interests: Grigoriu's research focuses on random vibration, stochastic calculus, stochastic differential equations, stochastic partial differential equations, numerical methods for solving stochastic problems, probabilistic models for microstructures, wind/earthquake engineering, and Monte Carlo simulation.

Email: mdg12@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-3334
Website: http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=mdg12

Liu, Phillip

Research Interests: My research interests are in Coastal Oceanography and Engineering, including water wave theories, tsunamis dynamics, wave-breaking processes, sediment transport processes, and interactions of water waves with structures. My research approach integrates analytical, computational and experimental methodologies. Our analytical and numerical solutions are based on sound understanding of physics and are validated and supported by experimental and field observations. These analytical and numerical models are then used to further explore physical features in a wide range of physical parameters.

Email: pll3@cornell.edu

Phone: 607-255-5090

Website: http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=pll3

Nozick, Linda

Research Interests: Dr. Nozick's primary research interest is the development of mathematical models for use in the management of complex systems. She has particular interest in systems that can be represented mathematically as networks, including transportation and logistics systems, civil infrastructure networks and project networks.

Email: lkn3@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-6496
Website:  http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=lkn3

Reed, Patrick

Research Interests: Dr. Reed's primary research interests relate to sustainable water management given conflicting demands from renewable energy systems, ecosystem services, expanding populations, and climate change. The tools developed in Dr. Reed's group bridge sustainability science, risk management, economics, multiobjective decision making, operations research, computer science, and high performance computing. Engineering design and decision support software developed by Dr. Reed has been used broadly in governmental and industrial application areas (e.g., civil infrastructure planning and management, airline logistics, and US satellite constellation design and management).  His open source and free academic software related to multiobjective optimization has thousands of users across the world.

Email: pmr82@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-2024
Website: http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=pmr82

Richardson, Ruth

Research Interests: A major focus in the lab is the growth of high-lipid producing algae as biofuel feedstock. While algae are reported to be up to 100 times more productive per-acre than land plants, and they can be grow on marginal lands and in saline environments (minimizing competition for land for food crops) many challenges still exist with respect to sustainable commercial scale algae growth and harvesting. In a project sponsored by the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future, the Richardson group collaborates with the Beth Ahner's and Maureen Hanson's research groups (in BEE and Molecular Biology and Genetics, respectively) to optimize lipid production and develop biomarkers for lipid-production pathways and stress response. Additionally, a new DOE funded project involves genomic characterization of high-performing marine algal strains being grown at a pilot scale in Hawaii.

Email: rer26@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-3233
Website:  http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=rer26

Schuler, Richard

Research Interests: Professor Schuler's research emphasizes the micro-planning, management, and pricing of infrastructure and utilities as well as the societal issues of their institutional structure, regional economic impact, and environmental consequences. He has written extensively on the changing institutional and regulatory needs for the electric industry, including its deregulation. He has also explored basic questions of organizational structure in the information age, using numerical simulation techniques, together with colleagues at Cornell and the Santa Fe Institute.

Email: res1@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-7579
Website: http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/em-profile.cfm?netid=res1res

Shoemaker, Christine

Research Interests: Prof. Shoemaker's research focuses on finding cost-effective, robust solutions for environmental problems by using optimization, modeling and statistical analyses. This includes development of general purpose, numerically efficient nonlinear and global optimization algorithms utilizing high performance computing and applications to data from complex, nonlinear environmental systems. Her applications areas include physical and biological groundwater remediation, pesticide management, ecology, carbon sequestration, and surface water pollutant transport in large watersheds. This analysis has resulted in improved policies for environmental remediation and protection.

Email: cas12@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-9233
Website:  http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=cas12
National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Member: https://www.nae.edu/MembersSection/MemberDirectory/56104.aspx


Stedinger, Jery

Research Interests: Statistics issues in hydrology including flood frequency analyses and climate change, water resource system operation and optimization of hydropower operations, geothermal resource assessment, optimization and systems engineering, and risk analysis models and risk management.

Email: jrs5@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-2351
Website:  http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=jrs5
National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Member: https://www.nae.edu/MembersSection/MemberDirectory/107876.aspx

Vanek, Francis

Research Interests: Energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions from freight transportation systems;  Feasibility of alternative energy systems; Integration of transportation energy supply and renewable energy systemsResearch Interests: 

Email: fmv3@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-2718
Website: http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/lecturer-profile.cfm?netid=fmv3


Warner, Derek

Research Interests: Derek Warner's (Assistant Professor) research effort is aimed at understanding the connection between microscopic physical phenomena and the macroscopic deformation and failure of engineering materials by coupling cutting-edge computing technologies with state-of-the-art simulation techniques. Within this theme, current research efforts involve: (1) the use of atomistic and discrete dislocation modeling to better understand the mechanisms that control the failure of structural materials, (2) the use of micromechanical continuum finite element modeling to uncover the connections between nano-scale mechanical processes and macroscopic behavior, and (3) the advancement of the methods that make such studies possible. For a more detailed description of our current projects please refer to our group's research webpage.

Email: dhw52@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-7155
Website:  http://www.cee.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=dhw52

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