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Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Biographical Information." National Research Council. 2000. Risk Analysis and Uncertainty in Flood Damage Reduction Studies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9971.
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Appendix E

Biographical Information

GREGORY B. BAECHER (Chair) is a professor in and the chair of the civil engineering program at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the faculty at Maryland in 1995, Dr. Baecher served on the faculty of civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1976 to 1988, and he served as the CEO and founder of ConSolve Incorporated, Lexington, Massachusetts, from 1988–1995. His fields of expertise include risk analysis, water resources engineering, and statistical methods. Dr. Baecher received his B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of California-Berkeley and his M.S. and his Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

EFI FOUFOULA-GEORGIOU is a professor of civil engineering and the director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on understanding and modeling the complex spatio-temporal organization and interactions of hydrologic processes, including precipitation and landforms. Dr. Foufoula-Georgiou obtained her diploma in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and her Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida. She has chaired and served on many national and international committees and government advisory panels and has served on the editorial boards of several journals.

RALPH KEENEY is a professor of business and a professor of systems engineering with the Center for Telecommunications Management at the University of Southern California. His areas of expertise include deci-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Biographical Information." National Research Council. 2000. Risk Analysis and Uncertainty in Flood Damage Reduction Studies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9971.
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sion analysis, risk analysis, and management decision making. His experience includes large-scale siting studies, risk analysis, energy policy, and environmental studies. Groups to which he has served as a consultant include Seagate Technology, American Express, British Columbia Hydro, Pacific Gas and Electric, and the U.S. EPA. Dr. Keeney received his B.S. degree in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, his S.M. degree and his E.E. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. degree in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Keeney is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

LESTER LAVE is a professor of engineering and public policy in the engineering school and the Higgins Professor of Economics in the business school at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Lave's research has focused on the use of risk analysis as it relates to a range of health, safety, and environmental issues, including carcinogenic chemicals, natural resource valuation, and global climate change. He has served as a consultant to several federal and state government agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Safety and Health Administration, Human Health Services, as well as to many corporations, including General Motors and Xerox. Dr. Lave is a past member of the Water Science and Technology Board and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

HARRY F. LINS is a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia. Dr. Lins's principal research interests are in the areas of hydroclimatology, surface water hydrology, and multivariate statistics. Dr. Lins has served since 1989 as the coordinator of the Global Change Hydrology Program of the Geological Survey's Water Resources Division. Dr. Lins received his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland, his M.S. degree from the University. of Delaware, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Virginia.

DANIEL P. LOUCKS is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University. Dr. Loucks's primary research interests are in water resource systems planning and analysis, decision support systems, and applications of engineering methods to water and environmental problems. He has taught at a number of universities in the United States and abroad and has served as a consultant to both public and private sector organizations. He received his B.S. degree from Pennsylvania

Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Biographical Information." National Research Council. 2000. Risk Analysis and Uncertainty in Flood Damage Reduction Studies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9971.
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State University, his M.F. degree from Yale University, and his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. Dr. Loucks is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

DAVID R. MAIDMENT is the Ashley H. Priddy Centennial Professor of Engineering and the Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Maidment's primary areas of research and teaching include water resources engineering, geographic information systems, and statistical methods in hydrology and water resources. He received his bachelor of agricultural engineering degree (first-class honors) at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.

MARTIN W. MCCANN is the president of Jack R. Benjamin and Associates, Inc., in Menlo Park, California. He is also a consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, where he is the chair of the National Performance of Dams Program (NPDP). The NPDP, founded at Stanford by Dr. McCann, is a program that has created a national network to report dam incidents and to archive this information for use by the profession. Dr. McCann's professional background includes probabilistic hazards analysis, including hydrologic events, risk assessment, reliability analysis, uncertainty analysis, and systems analysis. Dr. McCann has been a consultant to several government and private sector groups in the United States and abroad. He received his B.S. degree from Villanova University and his M.S. and his Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.

JERY R. STEDINGER is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University. His research focuses on the optimal operation of reservoir systems, efficient use of hydrologic data, risk analysis, and stochastic hydrology. Dr. Stedinger has served on several NRC committees, including the Committee on Flood Control Alternatives in the American River Basin and the Committee on American River Flood Frequencies. He earned his B.A. degree in applied mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.S. and his Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.

BEN CHIE YEN is a professor of water resources engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1966. His areas of exper-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Biographical Information." National Research Council. 2000. Risk Analysis and Uncertainty in Flood Damage Reduction Studies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9971.
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tise include urban storm drainage, watershed hydrology, risk and reliability analysis, and open channel and river hydraulics. In the past 35 years he has been a consultant to public and private sectors in the United States and abroad, and he has been visiting or guest professor at a dozen universities in four continents. He received his B.S.C.E. degree from the National Taiwan University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa.

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JEFFREY W. JACOBS is a senior staff officer with the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board and served as this committee 's study director. Dr. Jacobs's research interests include institutional and policy arrangements for water resources management and international cooperation in water development. He has studied these issues extensively in the Mekong River basin of Southeast Asia and has also conducted comparative studies in water policy in the Mekong and Mississippi River systems. Dr. Jacobs received his Ph.D. degree in geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

ELLEN A. DE GUZMAN is a senior project assistant at the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board. She received her B.A. degree from the University of the Philippines and is majoring in economics at the University of Maryland University College. She has worked with a number of studies including Watershed Management for Potable Water Supply, Issues in Potable Reuse, Valuing Ground Water, New Directions in Water Resources Planning for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Improving American River Flood Frequency Analyses.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Biographical Information." National Research Council. 2000. Risk Analysis and Uncertainty in Flood Damage Reduction Studies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9971.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Biographical Information." National Research Council. 2000. Risk Analysis and Uncertainty in Flood Damage Reduction Studies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9971.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Biographical Information." National Research Council. 2000. Risk Analysis and Uncertainty in Flood Damage Reduction Studies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9971.
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Reducing flood damage is a complex task that requires multidisciplinary understanding of the earth sciences and civil engineering. In addressing this task the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employs its expertise in hydrology, hydraulics, and geotechnical and structural engineering. Dams, levees, and other river-training works must be sized to local conditions; geotechnical theories and applications help ensure that structures will safely withstand potential hydraulic and seismic forces; and economic considerations must be balanced to ensure that reductions in flood damages are proportionate with project costs and associated impacts on social, economic, and environmental values.

A new National Research Council report, Risk Analysis and Uncertainty in Flood Damage Reduction Studies, reviews the Corps of Engineers' risk-based techniques in its flood damage reduction studies and makes recommendations for improving these techniques. Areas in which the Corps has made good progress are noted, and several steps that could improve the Corps' risk-based techniques in engineering and economics applications for flood damage reduction are identified. The report also includes recommendations for improving the federal levee certification program, for broadening the scope of flood damage reduction planning, and for improving communication of risk-based concepts.

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