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2017

September 1 - Professor Reed invited to speak at 5th Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Morocco
Professor Patrick Reed of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been invited by the US National Academies to serve as an invited speaker in the session on “Smart Agriculture” at the 5th Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The symposium will be held November 2-4 in Rabat, Morocco. In each topical area, the symposium chairs have invited two U.S. speakers and two speakers from the Middle East and North Africa region. The speakers have been selected to frame challenges and facilitate discussions. There is also a competitive application process for non-speaking attendees to be selected to participate.
July 18-20 - Reed Invited Speaker and Panel Chair for Snowmass Climate Change Impacts & Integrated Assessment XXIII
Since the summer of 1995 the Energy Modeling Forum has organized a 2-week annual workshop, Climate Change Impact and Integrated Assessment (CCI/IA), that brings together climate change experts to discuss the state of the art in climate policy analysis. These annual workshops take place in Snowmass, Colorado. The Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) at Stanford University organizes these workshops for a consortium of sponsors including the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Environmental Studies of Japan, the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Electric Power Research Institute, and Exxon Mobil Corporation.


June 22 - Reed Invited Speaker and Advisory Board Member for the EPSRC Water Informatics Science & Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training
The WISE CDT was awarded a £5.2M award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) aimed at securing the future supply of graduates. The EPSRC funded centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues and future challenges. They also provide a supportive and exciting environment for students, create new working cultures and forge lasting links with industry. Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) provides students with the opportunity to develop and carry out PhD-level research. A CDT has the added benefit of taught courses to give students a solid background in their chosen discipline. This CDT is a partnership between the Universities of Exeter, Bath and Bristol and Cardiff University.


May 30-June1 - Reed Invited to Participate in International Workshop on Coupled Human Natural Systems Hosted By Tübingen University, Germany
This workshop included 25 invited participants from several countries around the world including Germany, the Netherlands, the US, the UK, Canada and Chile. Participants brought diverse perspectives on coupled human-natural systems from resource economics, engineering, finance, hydrology, and ecology. Key topics of focus included adaptive decision making, agricultural impacts on water resources, energy networks, and ecosystem function. The broader goal of the workshop is to develop a network of researchers capable of advancing our understanding and management of the complex co-evolutionary dynamics of coupled human and natural systems.


April 22 - Reed Group OpenMORDM Tradeoff Analysis Featured in PBS Documentary on New Orleans Climate Risk
The half-hour PBS documentary, “Managing Risk in a Changing Climate”, takes viewers to coastal Louisiana, where threats associated with climate change leave communities like New Orleans facing tough choices under deep uncertainty. The film was produced by WPSU under the guidance and support of the Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM). Featuring some of the nation’s leading climate experts and a diverse array of stakeholders from the New Orleans region, the documentary investigates how decision makers can better inform choices about managing risk from rising sea levels and storms by working with researchers and community members. The film captures the many scientific disciplines that come together to help address the economic, social, environmental, and ethical issues associated with managing risk in a changing climate.


April 13 - Reed Invited Seminar Speaker at Michigan State BEACON Center
The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action is an NSF Science and Technology Center founded with the mission of illuminating and harnessing the power of evolution in action to advance science and technology and benefit society. Research at BEACON focuses on biological evolution, digital evolution, and evolutionary applications in engineering, uniting biologists who study natural evolutionary processes with computer scientists and engineers who are harnessing these processes to solve real-world problems.


March 6-7 - Reed Invited Participant in Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee's Workshop Envisioning 20 Year Grand Challenges
The purpose of this meeting was to identify the “Grand Challenges” for the Department of Energy's BER research over the next 20 years. The breakouts engaged participants in an open, thoughtful and creative discussion. Capturing the key ideas that come from the discussions in the breakout sessions will be critical to the success of the workshop in informing visions for needed research investments.


February 10 - Local Cambodia Daily News Article on Sambor Dam and NHI Decision Support Efforts That Include Reed Group Member Tom Wild
This week, a spokesman for the ministry, Victor Jona, said the memorandum had not been signed “because at least we need to see the study by NHI [Natural Heritage Institute] first…. We have to see the results first.” Mr. Jona did not say when the results would be ready."
January 10 - Reed a member of newly awarded $20 Million US DOE Consortium focused on Coupled Human Natural Systems
"A $20 million, five-year project with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) looks to create a state-of-the-art framework of computational tools that will help to assess the impacts of weather-related variability and change. This project looks to integrate multiple existing models to capture important energy-water-land interactions and feedbacks between the natural and human systems."
January 3 - Reed Group awarded with best paper presented at the 26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
"The American Astronautical Society (AAS) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) are honoring Cornell Professor Patrick Reed and his collaborators Lake Singh, Marc DiPrinzio, and Will Whittecar from The Aerospace Corporation for submitting the best paper to the 26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting. Each year the Space Flight Mechanics Committee recognizes a single paper as the top technical contribution presented at the AAS/AIAA joint international event."


2016

November 16 - Reed Leads Technical Session in the World Bank Hosted 2016 Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty Meeting
"The session explored the critical question: “Do we understand how alternative strategies for operating complex infrastructure systems influences their initial designs as well as their long term evolution?”. Understanding the interplay between short-term adaptive operations and their influence on long-term planning is particularly relevant for irreversible decisions for long-lived infrastructures that present complex ecological impacts, and must reliably meet multi-sectoral demands (e.g., reservoirs, energy production/transmission, transportation networks, etc.). This session will draw on a suite of multi-sector examples to clarify emerging innovations and persistent challenges related to bridging the planning and management divide."
November 1 - Reed Part of Cornell Team Launching New PhD Program in Systems
"Work with world-renowned faculty who are forging new ways to solve complex socio-technical problems in research areas such as the integrated modeling and simulation of the behaviors of complex natural and engineered systems, their design and the operation for resilience, robustness and scalability, the characterization of the societal and behavioral context in which we find such systems, as well as their local and global consequences. Because of the nature of systems science and engineering, the research takes on a collaborative approach with faculty from many different disciplines both in traditional engineering areas as well as those outside of engineering such as health care, food systems, environmental studies, architecture and regional planning, and many others."


October 8 - Reed Invited as Plenary Speaker at Symposium on Search-Based Software Engineering
"The annual symposium dedicated to Search Based Software Engineering (SBSE), in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, studies the application of meta-heuristic optimization techniques to various software engineering problems, ranging from requirements engineering to software testing and maintenance. The symposium builds on the flourishing interest in SBSE and provides a welcoming forum for discussion and dissemination that will strengthen the rapidly-growing international SBSE community. SSBSE 2016 will be collocated with 32nd IEEE Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution"
October 1 - Reed is Co-PI on $3 Million NSF INFEWS Award Focused on California
"The interdependence of water availability, agricultural production, and electric power generation is well established, yet significant challenges remain for understanding how decisions or resource disruptions in any one of these sectors impact the system as a whole. Nowhere is this challenge more pressing than California, which, despite chronic water scarcity, continues to lead the nation in agricultural production by a factor of two. In California, nonstationary climate is expected to increase the frequency and severity of drought, with highly uncertain impacts on the availability of surface water. The subsequent effects on statewide electricity generation and agriculture in California's Central Valley will be closely linked. "
August 24 - Reed Invited as Plenary Speaker at the Smart Systems for Water Management Symposium and Summer School in Monte Verità, Switzerland
"This Symposium and Summer School aims at exploring the perspective of urban water demand management for the next years. Several topics are going to be addressed, with a particular attention on modelling and understanding the behaviour of water consumers, the drivers of such behaviour, the role of social norms, economic leverages and water demand management strategies to promote behavioural change, and the role of Information and Communication Technologies to support the design, implementation and deliver smart solutions for urban water demand management."
August 1 - Reed Invited as Frontiers in Geoscience Speaker at Los Alamos National Lab
"The Frontiers in Geoscience Colloquia is organized by the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division of LANL. EES is the intellectual home of Earth Sciences at Los Alamos, and has over 200 staff working on a complex set of earth science problems. The goal of the Frontiers in Geoscience seminar series is to bring to Los Alamos innovative scientists conducting research in fields of study that are complementary and potentially promote collaborations."
July 11 - Reed Invited to Give Seminar to Argonne National Lab's Environmental Sciences Division
"Emerging water scarcity concerns in southeastern US are associated with several deeply uncertain factors, including rapid population growth, limited coordination across adjacent municipalities and the increasing risks for sustained regional droughts. Managing these uncertainties will require that water utilities identify regionally coordinated, scarcity-mitigating strategies that trigger the appropriate actions needed to avoid water shortages and financial instabilities."
May 11 - Reed Group Receives Honors at the 2016 International Environmental Modeling & Software Congress
"Professor Reed is being awarded the 2016 Biennial Medal for Exceptional Research Contributions to Environmental Modeling and Software by the International Environmental Modelling & Software Society (iEMSs). As part of this award, he will also become a Fellow in the Society. Two or three medalists are selected every two years globally. Also former Reed group member Joseph Kasprzyk is receiving the 2016 Early Career Research Excellence from iEMSs. The early career research award is given to individuals judged to be making exceptional research contributions and who graduated with a PhD degree or equivalent within seven years of being nominated for the award."


March 29 - Reed Group Member Greg Garner's Work Clarifies Climate Risk Tradeoffs
"Balancing the impacts of climate change risks for all involved may not be within the realm of economics or physics, but a novel approach may help to achieve a better compromise, according to Penn State and Cornell climate researchers. Rather than look at one aggregated number, the researchers used an integrated assessment model to look at the multidimensional trade-offs of four goals -- to increase global economic growth, to achieve reliable temperature stabilization, to minimize climate damages and to minimize abatement costs."


March 10 - Tom Wild and Pete Loucks Interviewed for Circle of Blue Mekong Feature
"Water flows in the lower Mekong River in Vietnam are so feeble that salt water from the South China Sea is pushing through the delta, up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) inland along the river’s main stem and more than 70 kilometers (43 miles) inland on tributaries. The salt, damaging to crops, is a disaster for rice farmers in the delta, which accounts for half of Vietnam’s rice production. Not only a short-term emergency, the drought is also magnifying longstanding fault lines in the six-country basin. Even before the strong El Nino of the last six months turned off the rain spigot, the water resources of the Mekong River were under immense pressure. A cascade of major dams are planned or under construction on both the river’s main stem and its tributaries. In the eyes of governments and developers, the dams are hydropower cash registers and a cure for daily blackouts. To environmental and civil society groups, however, the dams are a scourge: uprooting communities, flooding forests, threatening one of the world’s great warehouses of biodiversity, and endangering the livelihoods of tens of millions of people who catch fish for food."


February 10 & 11 - Reed Invited Speaker in Imperial University Workshop on Risk and Uncertainty in Decision Making
"The workshop focused on decision making problems and discussed frameworks and/or tools to help structure and solve these problems in order to enable learning across disciplines with a view to highlighting areas for future research and collaboration with external partners to address capacity gaps. The opportunity will allow an exploration of the ways in which uncertainties and complexities in evidence can be factored into decisions; particularly exploring the tools and techniques available and the contexts in which they might be applied more effectively."


February 8 - Reed Invited Speaker in Oxford University's Oxford Water Network Evening Seminar
"The Oxford Water Network is the University’s response to global water challenges, building upon existing and emerging water science excellence. The network is a multi-disciplinary research community, harnessing Oxford University’s diverse strengths to address the challenge of managing water in a complex and uncertain world. Oxford’s scientists are developing a research agenda to address key challenges of water security, advancing knowledge to inform policy and planning, and developing instruments to improve practice in partnership with government, research and business communities."
February 1 - Chesapeake Bay Program Invites Reed to Discuss the State-of-the-Art in Decision Making Under Uncertainty
"The workshop focused on aiding the Chesapeake Bay Program in exploring what tools exist to help support high complex model-based technical and management challenges. Discussions extended across sensitivity tools, model diagnostics, basic uncertainty assessment, and frameworks for integrating uncertainty into management decisions."

2015

December 8 - Reed Group Member Tom Wild's Collaborative Mekong Work with the Natural Heritage Institute Highlighted in the New York Times
"To allow sediment through the proposed Sambor Dam in Cambodia, the Natural Heritage Institute in San Francisco advocates a bypass channel for environmental releases of water to help river ecology and the full opening of dam gates in certain seasons to flush sediment."


November 3 - Reed Group are Featured Users in New Cornell Lead $5 Million Aristotle Cloud Computing Project
"Scientists will use the federation to solve data challenges. “We plan to use Aristotle to exploit cloud-based parallelism and perform asynchronous, interactive analysis of complex environmental models that generate thousands of data files" said Patrick Reed, a Cornell University Civil and Environmental Engineering researcher who collaborates with University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Penn State engineers. “We will use Aristotle to enhance our decision management tools so that we can solve problems of increasing complexity such as helping cities to better manage their drought risks.”"
November 3 - Reed Participates as a Plenary Speaker in the 3rd Annual Workshop on Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty
"Dr. Reed advocated that as a field concerned with “deep uncertainties”, it is logically consistent to include a more direct acknowledgement that our choices for dealing with computationally demanding simulations, advanced search algorithms, and sensitivity analysis tools are themselves subject to failures that could adversely bias our understanding of how systems’ vulnerabilities change with proposed actions."
October 16 - Reed Invited Speaker at RAND on Balancing Robustness and Multi-Stakeholder Conflicts When Addressing Water Scarcity
"Dr. Reed presented results that show how sampling of deeply uncertain factors in the computational search phase of Many-Objective Robust Decision Making (MORDM) can aid in the discovery of management actions that substantially improve the robustness of individuals as well as the overall region to water scarcity. Cooperative water transfers, financial risk mitigation tools, and coordinated regional demand management provide important tools to decrease robustness conflicts between geographically clustered water utilities. The insights from this work have general merit for regions where adjacent municipalities can benefit from cooperative regional water portfolio planning."
October 2 - Reed Invited Speaker at the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan
"Dr. Reed presented computational innovations in the Many-Objective Visual Analytics framework demonstrated on recent successful applications in urban water portfolio planning in Research Triangle in NC as well as assessing the vulnerability of our global portfolio of space-based rainfall satellite missions to infrastructure collapse."
September 15 - Reed Invited Speaker at the 2015 iSEE Congress at the Univeristy of Illinois
"Dr. Reed discussed the vulnerabilities in our global observations and information systems that are critical for managing Food-Energy-Water challenges. He recommended a shift to a more active design and evaluation of global information systems from a holistic systems perspective — jointly documenting emerging natural dynamics, their socio-economic contexts, and key scientific insights. Sustained and holistic monitoring of evolving FEW systems is fundamentally important for clarifying their risks as well as documenting the ex post validity of science informed policies aimed at improving their sustainability."
July 28 - Reed Provides Briefing on State-of-the-Art Planning under Deep Uncertainty to the Southern CA Metropolitan Water District’s Integrated Resources Planning Committee
"Dr. Reed provided a critical review of the current bottom up planning efforts undertaken by MWD and provided recommendations on future efforts. The growing recognition of challenges posed in understanding the magnitude and impact of population pressures, climate change, and water portfolio investments are shifting major utilities towards new planning frameworks that directly address deep uncertainty."

July 23 - European Commission Highlights Reed Group Research on Vulnerabilities in Observing Rainfall from Space

"Loss of satellites providing rainfall data could have a negative effect on global flood management, according to new research. However, this could be mitigated by improved international co-operation and the use of more modern satellite technology, the authors say. The study examined the consequences for flood management of the loss of four of the existing 10 dedicated rainfall measuring satellites."

June 24 - Inside HPC Video highlight of Reed Briefing on using Supercomputing to Advance Space-based Earth Science

"This project is a multi-institutional collaboration between Cornell University, The Aerospace Corporation, and Princeton University advancing a Petascale planning framework that is broadly applicable across space-based Earth observation systems design."

May 11 - Reed invited speaker at World Bank Panel Addressing "Resilient Solutions for Long Run Climate Change"

"The World Bank through its Climate Policy team and the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is bringing together experts to address the IEG recommendation and share practical resilient solutions for addressing the risks of long-run climate change to development. The experts will also identify major gaps and challenges for adaptation due to existing regulatory, land-use planning, financial and market incentives; and options they have devised to overcome these challenges."

April 29 - Reed invited panelist for US NRC Board on Earth Sciences and Resources 2015 Meeting "Earth Data Science in the Era of Big Data and Compute"

"The complexity, diversity, and volume of Earth science data have increased significantly over recent decades. Discovery, access, and interaction with big data collected from numerous sources are increasingly used to explore natural, human and social systems at unprecedented scales while providing us with tremendous opportunities to gain dynamic insight into complex phenomena through big compute (e.g. cloud and high-performance computing) approaches. Though such data have started playing important roles in many Earth science and engineering domains and promise to enable a wide range of decision-making practices with significant societal impacts, Earth data science remains to be established for advancing Earth science and engineering and education in the era of big data and compute."

April 25 - Reed invited panelist in Cornell's 150th Anniversary panel event "Is the Future Secure and Sustainable?"

"From our crops to our commutes and our computers, how secure and sustainable is the infrastructure upon which modern human life operates? Cornell scientists and engineers will discuss what the coming years hold for bridges and highways, food systems, energy development, data and internet security, and water availability. An audience Q&A session will follow."


March 26 - Reed invited to present in the University of Wisconsin Madison Weston Roundtable Seminar Series

"The Weston Roundtable is a weekly lecture series with leaders in sustainability science, engineering, and policy. The unique, discussion-heavy format aims to build a community around policy-relevant sustainability science and engineering topics."


February 12 - Study: Global rainfall satellites require massive overhaul

"Circling hundreds of miles above Earth, weather satellites are working round-the-clock to provide rainfall data that are key to a complex system of global flood prediction – with flooding only expected to increase as a consequence of climate change. A new Cornell study warns that the existing system of space-based rainfall observation satellites requires a serious overhaul. Particularly in many developing countries, satellite-based flood prediction has weak spots, which could lead to major flooding that catches people by surprise. What’s more, four of the 10 dedicated rainfall satellites are past their warranty, further increasing risk of disaster."

2014

December 11 - Tom Wild Joining Reed Group as an ACSF Post Doctoral Fellow Exploring the Sustainability Tradeoffs of Proposed Reservoirs in the Mekong

"The Mekong River is an epicenter of energy opportunity and environmental risk. The river basin is undergoing intensive hydropower dam development to meet the energy demands of a rapidly growing population, with approximately 30 large dams already operational and at least another 100 in the works. These dams could degrade the most productive freshwater fishing region in the world, which feeds 60 million people. Working with faculty fellow Patrick Reed and the Natural Heritage Institute, Thomas Wild will develop a decision support framework to identify and evaluate alternative dam siting, design, and operating policy options that could generate substantial hydropower, while minimizing impacts on valuable ecosystems. The researchers will partner with key government ministries in Laos and Cambodia to increase the project’s impact."

October 28 - Hadka and Reed Featured by NCSA for Benchmarking New Exascale Scalable Multiobjective Solver using Many-Objective Urban Water Planning under Uncertainty

"The researchers tested the performance of their solver using different core counts from 512 to 524,288 cores (aka, benchmarking). They designed the LRGV case to be extremely difficult by only allowing 20 minutes to find the best solution possible. The goal is to go from months to minutes while producing better results with the new algorithm running on Blue Waters. This benchmarking found that the solver performs better in parallel than in serial because of its ability to learn and adapt itself—detecting when the search stagnates, for example—as it discovers problem characteristics. The scalability of algorithm increases as the amount of time to simulate the consequences of each scenarios increases. That means the Borg MOEA is prepared to solve extremely large, complex problems on future, even bigger supercomputers. "


August 15 - Reed and Characklis Awarded Collaborative NSF/USDA $2.2 Million WSC for Robust Water Planning in the Southeast US

"The objective of our proposed research is to advance portfolio-based water management in the Southeast by addressing four core knowledge gaps: (1) we must better account for how climate change and LU/LC trends in the Southeast impact regional hydrology and drought vulnerability (hydroclimate knowledge gap); (2) we need to assess and improve methods by which water managers can reconcile their multiple, and often conflicting, objectives (e.g., conservation vs. financial stability) while effectively exploiting portfolio-based management strategies composed of a broad range of supply and demand management assets (portfolio design gap); (3) we must analyze how the current fragmented approach to Southeast water supply management can be modified to create more efficient cooperative regional systems involving multiple communities (regional management gap), and; (4) we must provide a framework for adaptive management of regional systems tradeoffs as well as their vulnerabilities to assumptions about the future that are deeply uncertain (e.g., demand growth, climate change impacts) (computational synthesis gap). "


July 18 - Reed Selected as Featured Speaker at Current Challenges in Computing Conference Focused on Decision Sciences

"The Current Challenges in Computing Conference brings together a selected research community’s premier leaders to contribute their thoughts in compelling conversations on current trends, and to explore the emerging advancements possible through high performance computing. Now in our fifth year, we are proud to announce our keynote and featured speakers in this year’s chosen scientific field, Decision Science."

June 30 - Reed Group Member Jon Herman Wins Student Presentation Award at iEMS 2014

"During each iEMSs conference, students can participate in a competition for the best presentation. In San Diego the winners were: Jon Herman – Balancing robustneess to future uncertainty between cooperating regional water utilities; Tommaso Stella – Reimplementation and reuse of the Canegro model; and Lu Wang – Modelling of CO2 solubility in salty aqueous solutions at geological sequestration conditions."

June 16 - Hadka and Reed Awarded Patent on Serial Auto-Adaptive Borg MOEA

"The Borg MOEA is not a single algorithm; instead it represents a class of algorithms whose operators are adaptively selected based on the problem. The adaptive discovery of key operators is of particular importance for benchmarking how variation operators enhance search for complex many-objective problems."

April 28 - Reed Selected to Participate in Congressional Briefing on High Impact US Supercomputing Research

"On April 28 the four co-chairs of the House Science and National Labs Caucus—Reps. Randy Hultgren, Chaka Fattah, Ben Ray Luján, and Alan Nunnelee—sponsored a briefing on the value of federal investment in high-performance computing. Reed was selected with 4 other scientists to describe the breakthrough research they have been able to achieve thanks to high-performance computing systems like Blue Waters"


April 16 - Former Reed Group Member Joe Kasprzyk Wins 2014 UCOWR Best Dissertation in Science and Engineering

"Kasprzyk’s dissertation, “Many Objective Water Resources Planning and Management Given Deep Uncertainties, Population Pressures, and Environmental Change,” proved outstanding to the UCOWR Review Panel and Board of Directors. In his dissertation, Kasprzyk addressed the challenges of managing environmental systems in a manner that benefits conflicting objectives, such as cost and performance."


February 28 - Video of Reed Group Collaborator Dr. Matthew Ferringer's Ezra's Roundtable Seminar on Innovating Design

"From aiding our understanding of climate change, to providing precise location and time information anywhere on the earth, satellite constellations have become a critical part of our global infrastructure. The architecting of these complex systems, whose costs can exceed billions of dollars, are traditionally accomplished through a slow evolutionary process of incremental learning and implementation. In the previous decade, decision support research at The Aerospace Corporation has led to a paradigm shift in the way we conceive, design, and architect satellite constellations serving national security, civil and commercial space programs. The framework originally developed to support the decision making associated with satellite constellations has been extended to accelerate innovation for a variety of other fields. Changing the way we think about complex design and planning decisions has been met with may challenges and successes over the years and today’s seminar is about that journey."

February 12 - Reed Selected for Blue Waters Science and Engineering Team Advisory Committee

"The SETAC will be expected to provide guidance on the overall vision of Blue Waters through various functions. With access to Blue Waters operation monitoring, the committee will be able to better provide guidance for delivering the best possible performance to enable achieving science and engineering teams’ objectives. They will be able to make recommendations on technical directions, strategies, and management while identifying potential challenges for petascale applications. As users themselves, the SETAC will also provide advice for solving common issues that arise from moving applications to Blue Waters and from system software at scale. Members will also be expected to offer suggestions on how to improve communications between the project and its science and engineering communities and the general public."

2013

December 23 - Reed Group Member Jon Herman Wins Fall 2013 AGU Outstanding Student Presentation Award

"The Fall AGU meeting had more than 22,000 attendees across all areas of Earth science. Hydrology represents one of the largest of the technical communities that attend the international meeting with hundreds of speakers presenting across a large number of technical sessions. Jon Herman was selected among 14 other students honored in the hydrology area."


December 16 - Reed Group and RAND Collaboration Featured at the New Virtual RDMLab

"Many objective robust decision making (MORDM) combines concepts and methods from many objective evolutionary optimization and robust decision making (RDM), along with extensive use of interactive visual analytics, to facilitate the management of complex environmental systems. Many objective evolutionary search is used to generate alternatives for complex planning problems, enabling the discovery of the key tradeoffs among planning objectives. RDM then determines the robustness of planning alternatives to deeply uncertain future conditions and facilitates decision makers' selection of promising candidate solutions. MORDM tests each solution under the ensemble of future extreme states of the world."

November 24 - Reed Group Research Exploring Water Quality Trading Challenges Featured by UNESCO Global Water Forum

"Our results provide several insights. First, market designs based on the assumption that the market can achieve the least-cost solution, ignoring the presence of complexities in decision making and interactions, might be misleading in practice. Expectations about what these markets can attain and of gains from WQT should, therefore, be tempered. Second, our results point to a need for agencies to assist in the development of trading."


October 16 - Dr. Reed leading team exploring how to improve space-based observation of global precipitation

"Researchers use Blue Waters to make satellites more efficient and effective. We rely on global satellite service for communications, navigation, and environmental monitoring, but have you ever thought about how satellites stay in orbit?"

October 1 - Dr. Reed's College of Engineering New Cornell Faculty Feature

"Patrick Reed has made a career out of managing water resources, an interest that began with a powerful event. While getting his degree in geological engineering at the University of Missouri, Reed’s hometown, St. Louis, was hit by the ‘93 flood of the Mississippi."

June 25 - Policy issues plague hydropower as wind power backup

"Operational conflicts may be significantly reduced if the time length of the guide curve schedule was altered, yet such regulatory changes prove quite challenging given the institutional barriers surrounding water rights in the U.S.," said the researchers, who also include Patrick M. Reed, professor of civil engineering, Cornell University."

May 29 - Reed selected to partcipate in the US National Academy of Engineering's 2013 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The total number of participants at the symposium will be 100 engineers, generally 30-45 years old from industry, universities, and government labs. Attendees will represent the full range of engineering fields. The symposium will consist of four formal sessions—each with speakers’ presentations and discussion of engineering research and pioneering technical work in particular areas—and a break-out session. The four broad topics that will be covered at the 2013 symposium are: Designing and Analyzing Societal Networks, Cognitive Manufacturing, Energy: Reducing Our Dependence on Fossil Fuels, and Flexible Electronics."

April 22 - Reseachers using supercomputer to improve satellite precipitation observation

Civil engineering's Reed leads effort to enhance scientists' understanding of global precipitation using NSF's Blue Waters supercomputer. The team will receive 140 million core hours on the Blue Waters' 512,000 computer cores over the next year.The research team will use Blue Waters to tackle the problem of large gaps in precipitation data for large parts of the world."

March 29 - Penn State, Princeton, and The Aerospace Corporation Exploit Blue Waters to Advance Space-based Earth Science

Patrick Reed and his team from Penn State, Princeton and the Aerospace Corporation, use Blue Waters to transform understanding and optimization of space-based Earth science satellite constellation designs. "Blue Waters has fundamentally changed the scale and scope of the questions we can explore," he said. "Our hope is that the answers we discover will enhance flood assessment, drought monitoring, and the management of water resources in large river basins world-wide."

2012

November 1 - Reed will serve as an invited plenary speaker for EMO 2013 in Sheffield, UK

"The 7th International Conference on Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization has invited Dr. Patrick Reed, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering to serve as one of the conference's invited plenary speakers. The bi-annual international conference draws a broad international audience from the many disciplines currently advancing evolutionary multi-criterion optimization. EMO 2013 expands the conference's focus to embrace algorithmic advances, multi-criterion decision making, and real world applications."

August 28 - Civil engineering grad student Kasprzyk wins presentation award

"Joe Kasprzyk, a graduate student in civil engineering, won a student presentation award at the International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software in Leipzig, Germany."

May 11 - Civil engineering's Reed wins ASCE Huber Research Prize

"Patrick Reed, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Penn State, has been named the winner of the 2012 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The honor is awarded to civil engineers younger than the age of 40 and is given to only five people per year. The ASCE cited Reed for his "pioneering advances in multi-objective systems analysis that have significantly advanced engineering practice related to hydrologic prediction, observation network design and risk-based water supply management."

April 13 - Reed Awarded PSEAS Outstanding Advising Award

"The PSEAS Awards recognize the outstanding efforts in teaching, research, advising, staff, service and work with students. Four members of the faculty will receive the Outstanding Advising Award: Leland Engel, instructor and director of mechanical engineering design projects; Patrick Reed, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Margaret June Slattery, assistant professor of bioengineering; and Terry Speicher, assistant professor of engineering at Penn State Berks."

2011

December 9 - Fernandez Wins Award Studying Balance Between Wind Power and Hydropower

"Alisha Fernandez, a doctoral candidate in energy and mineral engineering and National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate fellow, was awarded the Dennis J O'Brien United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) Best Student Paper Award for her paper "Evaluating ecosystem and wind-following services for hydroelectric dams in PJM." The paper also was accepted for publication in of the Journal for Regulatory Economics in 2012."

October 13 - Apptimation Completes Proof of Concept with Malaysia AirlinesSee related article

"Working with Malaysia Airlines, Apptimation has successfully proven the applicability and value of its multi-objective evolutionary algorithm approach to one of the world’s most complex problems, that of airline connectivity optimization."

July 7 - College pledges cooperation with Italian university

"A newly signed memorandum of understanding between the Penn State's College of Engineering and Italy's Politecnico di Milano paves the way for formal teaching and research collaborations between the two institutions."

May 3 - Civil engineering's Kollat wins best dissertation award

"Josh Kollat, doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has won Best Dissertation in the category of natural science and engineering in the 2011 Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) National Ph.D. Dissertation Award Competition."

April 18 - Rachel Urban one of fifteen engineering students to win NSF graduate research fellowships

"Rachel Urban a first year Masters student in Civil and Environmental Engineering has received her NSF graduate fellowship to explore how geophysics can be used to enhance the management of groundwater systems. Her work will be co-advised by Drs. Patrick Reed and Kamini Singha."

April 5 - Webstream of Reed's Vision for the Future of Earth Observation at European Geophysical Union

"Major space agencies are planning new satellites that will provide new and additional space-based observations of the water and energy cycles components. It is expected that these observations will lead to improved applications (e.g. in agriculture, water and energy management) and scientific understanding the Earth’s climate...."
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Feb 24 - DOE grant joins climate modeling with local, regional empirical data

"Local and regional researchers collect large amounts of high quality data on climate change and its effects, but the researchers that create the economic and climate models do not always..."

2010

Nov 30 - Engineers' software uses evolutionary concepts to solve problems

"A team of engineers from Penn State and The Aerospace Corporation have created a set of software tools that takes its cues from natural evolution and applies them to solving large, complex planning problems..."

Nov 2 - Massive computing effort to evaluate national hydrological models

"A team of Penn State civil engineers has received one of the largest single-year allocations of supercomputing hours made for 2010..."

May 10 - Two civil engineering students win EPA STAR fellowships

"Two graduate students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have received Science To Achieve Results (STAR) fellowships from the Environmental Protection Agency..."

Jan 18 - Mixed water portfolio helps thirsty cities

"Computer simulations for drought-prone areas reveal that when urban water planners combine three approaches of buying water -- permanent rights, options and leases -- the city avoids surplus water and high costs, and reduces shortages, according to civil engineers..."

2009

Sept 28 - New Web site melds watershed science with social networking

"Taking some cues from popular social networking Web sites, a team including a Penn State civil engineer, the University's Center for Environmental Informatics and Drexel University has developed a Web service that allows users to search for water-related datasets and share their own work in the mid-Atlantic region..."

Jan 27 - Civil engineering's Reed wins achievement award

"Patrick Reed, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been selected for an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers ..."

Jan 8 - Penn State University leaves of absence 2009-10

"...Patrick M. Reed, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, to collaborate with researchers at the Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, to develop a framework for discovering how to increase both the reliability and adaptability of water supply systems..."

2008

Nov 25 - Massive supercomputing grant to be used in water management research

"Patrick Reed, associate professor of civil engineering at Penn State, has been awarded a large resource allocation (LRAC) grant on the largest open science supercomputer in the world..."

July 15 - Promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2008

2007

Mar 6 - Civil engineering's Reed, Brennan each receive NSF CAREER Awards

"Patrick Reed, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Rachel Brennan, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, have each received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Program for their proposals..."

Jan 30 - Project to examine Susquehanna River Basin, Chesapeake Bay

"A team including researchers from Penn State, Drexel University and Johns Hopkins University has received two grants to establish a test bed focusing on the Susquehanna River Basin and its impact on the Chesapeake Bay..."


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