University of South Florida Transportation Research Seminar
Featuring Dr. Elise Miller-Hooks
April 13, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
“Multi-Hazard Resilience Quantification in Transportation Systems and the Societal Functions they Support”
Abstract: Secure and functioning transportation systems are of paramount importance to society. To ensure that effective services can be provided in a disaster’s aftermath enabling society to recover, governmental agencies and private entities charged with designing construction, managing and operating these systems must invest in measures that prevent or mitigate the effects of disaster incidents and less major disruptions. Both the behavior of technical components and how the system enables its varying users to adapt are crucial. This talk will describe developed mathematical approaches for quantifying and maximizing the resilience level of these surface transportation systems and the societal functions they support.
Bio: Dr. Elise Miller-Hooks holds the Bill and Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Miller-Hooks served as Program Director (2014-16) of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Civil Infrastructure Systems Program in the Engineering Directorate, Lead Program Officer for the Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) solicitation, and a cognizant program officer on her division’s Smart and Connected Communities (i.e. Smart Cities) initiative. She has also served on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University, and Duke University. Dr. Miller-Hooks received her Ph.D. (1997) and M.S. (1994) degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, and her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College (1992). Dr. Miller-Hooks serves on the editorial boards of Transportation Science (Associate Editor), Operations Research (Associate Editor; Policy Modeling and Public Sector OR Section), Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Transportation Research Part B, and is Chair of the TRB Transportation Network Modeling Committee, founding Co-Chair of the TRB Task Force on Emergency Evacuation, and past President of the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Transportation Science and Logistics Society (TSL), and the Women in OR/MS Forum (WORMS).