Dr. Gregory B. Baecher - (Chair)
University of Maryland, College Park
Gregory Baecher (NAE) is the Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. His primary area of expertise is in infrastructure protection with particular concern to waterways. His research also focuses on geoenvironmental engineering, reliability and risk analysis, and environmental history. Dr. Baecher has has served on various NRC committees including water security planning for the Environmental Protection Agency; Committee on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism, and is a past member of the Water Science and Technology Board. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He received his BSCE in civil engineering from the University of California and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. John J. Boland
Johns Hopkins University
John Boland is an engineer and economist and is professor emeritus in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. His fields of research include water and energy resources, environmental economics, benefit-cost analysis, and public utility management. Dr. Boland has studied resource problems in more than 20 countries, has published more than 200 papers and reports, and is a co-author of two books on water demand management and three more on environmental management. He has served on several National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committees and is a founding member and past chair of the Water Science and Technology Board. Dr. Boland received his B.E.E. (electrical engineering) degree from Gannon University, his M.S. in governmental administration from the George Washington University, and his Ph.D. degree in environmental economics from the Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Thomas Dunne
University of California, Santa Barbara
Thomas Dunne (NAS) is a professor of geomorphology and hydrology at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He conducts field and theoretical research in fluvial geomorphology and in the application of hydrology, sediment transport, and geomorphology to landscape management and hazard analysis. He has worked in many parts of the world including Kenya, where he studied the effects of land use on hill-slope erosion and river-basin sedimentation and how climate and hydrology affect long-term hill-slope evolution. At the University of Washington, he focused on land sliding and debris flows as well as tephra erosion and debris-flow sedimentation resulting from the eruption of Mount St. Helens. The resource management issues he studied in the Pacific Northwest include the impacts of gravel harvesting on river channels and floodplains and the impacts of timber harvesting on erosion and sedimentation. Since joining the Bren School in 1996, Dr. Dunne has studied erosion in the Andes and hydrology, sediment transport, and floodplain sedimentation in the Amazon River Basin of Brazil and Bolivia and the Central Valley of California. He earned a B.A. in geography from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in geography from The Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Youssef Hashash
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Youssef Hashash is the William J. and Elaine F. Hall Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees, he worked in Dallas, Texas and San Francisco, California on a number of underground construction projects in the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Hashash joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998. He has taught courses in geotechnical engineering, numerical modeling in geomechanics, geotechnical earthquake engineering, tunneling in soil and rock, and excavation support systems. His research focus includes deep excavations in urban areas, earthquake engineering, continuum and discrete element modeling, and soil-structure interaction. He also works on geotechnical engineering applications of visualization, augmented reality, imaging, and drone technologies. He has published over 200 articles and is co-inventor on four patents. His research group developed the software program DEEPSOIL that is used worldwide for evaluation of soil response to earthquake shaking. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from MIT.
Dr. John Kupfer
University of South Carolina
John Kupfer is professor and chair in the Department of Geography and senior associate faculty in the Environment and Sustainability Program at the University of South Carolina. As a landscape ecologist and biogeographer, his research couples field work with spatial analysis and modeling using geographic information systems to explore the interactive effects of landscape transformation, non-native species, and disturbances such as flooding, fire, and hurricanes on plant and animal communities. He has conducted research on a broad range of ecosystem types including montane conifer forests in Idaho and Arizona, ecological transition zones in northern California, coupled human-natural systems in Central America, and riparian systems in the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest. He has published more than 60 papers, chapters, and reports in a diverse range of outlets including top journals in geography, biogeography, geomorphology, and ecology. His research often has direct applications to ecosystem management, and he works regularly with scientists at Congaree National Park where he has aided their understanding of the interactions among flooding, sedimentation, and floodplain forests. Dr. Kupfer earned his B.A. in geography/biology from Valparaiso University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from The University of Iowa.