Christine A. Shoemaker



Distinguished Professor


Postal Address: Department of Civil and
  Environmental Engineering
  National University of Singapore
  1 Engineering Drive 2, E1A 07-03
  Singapore 117576
Tel: (65)651 62149
Email: shoemaker@nus.edu.sg
Office: E1A-06-12




Biography

Prof Christine A. Shoemaker joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering as NUS Distinguished Professor on 31 August 2015. Prof Shoemaker obtained her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Southern California supervised by Richard Bellman in Dynamic Programming. Upon her graduation, she joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and later the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. She was promoted to full Professor in 1985. Since 2002, Prof Shoemaker has been appointed as Joseph P. Ripley Professor of Engineering, Cornell University. From 1985 to 1988, Professor Shoemaker was the Chair of the Department of Environmental Engineering at Cornell University.

Prof Shoemaker’s research focuses on finding cost-effective, robust solutions for problems in engineering and science by using computational mathematics for optimization, modeling and statistical analyses. Her application areas focus on water resources and environmental issues, but the algorithms (and her open source software) are general and have been applied to a range of problems including physical and biological groundwater remediation, carbon sequestration (with multiphase transport), population ecology, computer architecture, and watershed models. These efforts include development of numerically efficient nonlinear optimization algorithms utilizing high performance computing (including asynchronous parallelism) and applications to realistic models of complex, nonlinear systems. Her algorithms do local and global, continuous and integer optimization, stochastic optimal control, and uncertainty quantification.

In her recent research, algorithm efficiency for computationally expensive objective functions (e.g. computer codes) is greatly improved with the use of statistically based surrogate response surfaces iteratively built during the search process and with intelligent algorithms that effectively utilize parallel and distributed computing. The optimization and uncertainty quantification effort is used to improve model forecasts, and to have a tool for comparing alternative management practices, monitoring procedures, and design in water resources and other areas.

Prof Shoemaker has been a member of U.S. National Academy of Engineering since 2012 "for development of decision-making optimization algorithms for environmental and water resources problems". She is also a Distinguished (Honorary) Member in the American Society of Civil Engineers 2006 (Highest Award of ASCE). She received a Humboldt Research Prize from the German Humboldt Foundation in 2001 and was in residence in Aachen and Braunschweig. She is a Fellow in the following professional societies: SIAM (Applied Mathematics), INFORMS (Operations Research and Management Science), AGU (American Geophysical Union) and ASCE (Civil Engineering).

Her recent achievements include the National Engineering Award, American Association of Engineering Societies 2014 (one award per year over all American engineering societies) "For contributions to engineering education, research, and inspirational leadership including becoming in 1985 one of the very first women engineering Department Chairs in a U.S. university and founding and leading a 10-year international UNEP/SCOPE project on groundwater contamination in developing countries." She also won a Lifetime Achievement Award from American Society of Civil Engineers in 2015.

Prof Shoemaker has graduated 30 PhD students with Cornell Degrees with majors in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research & Industrial Engineering, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, or Entomology.

Prof Shoemaker has had multiple grants from four directorates at U.S. National Science Foundation (Geosciences, Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and Mathematical and Physical Sciences) and from Department of Energy and USDA.

Qualifications

1962-66
B.S. (Mathematics), University of California, Davis
1965-66
Enrolled at Universität Göttingen, Germany (studying mathematics)
1971
Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Southern California
Ph.D. Thesis Supervisor: Richard Bellman (Mathematics) with minor in Economics
Specialty: Nonlinear Optimal Control with application to Population Ecology

Career History

9/2015-present
Distinguished Professor, National University of Singapore
2002-present
Joseph P. Ripley Professor of Engineering, Cornell University,
1972-Present
Professor (1985- ), Associate Professor (1979-1985), Assistant Professor (1972-79)
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA, cas12@cornell.edu
1985-1988
Chairperson, Department of Environmental Engineering, Cornell University.
(The Environmental Engineering Department had 18 faculty members.)
1983-1985
Associate Director, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Focus on Undergraduate CEE Program including Advising and ABET Accreditation
1988
Visiting Fellow, Department of Applied Biology, University of Cambridge, England
1976-1977
Visiting Systems Ecologist, Division of Biological Control, Univ. of California, Berkeley

National & International Honors And Awards

  • Member, U.S. National Academy of Engineering 2012 For development of decision-making optimization algorithms for environmental and water resources problems.
  • Distinguished (Honorary) Member, American Society of Civil Engineers 2006 (Highest Award of ASCE) "For her research on modeling and algorithms for identifying cost-effective, robust solutions for environmental engineering problems and for her professional and educational leadership"
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2015
  • National Engineering Award, American Association of Engineering Societies 2014 (one award per year) "For contributions to engineering education, research, and inspirational leadership including becoming in 1985 one of the very first women engineering Department Chairs in a U.S. university and founding and leading a 10-year international UNEP/SCOPE project on groundwater contamination in developing countries"
  • Joseph P. Ripley Endowed Professorship, awarded by Cornell College of Engineering, 2002
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union, status given to only 0.1%/year of the members of the American Geophysical Union. Citation: "For her pioneering contributions in research and graduate education in the area of water quality management, including modeling and optimization algorithm development for pesticide control and for physical and biological methods of groundwater remediation." 2003
  • Fellow, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Siam is the primary professional society for Applied Mathematics. 2014. There are few Fellows since the first class was 2009
  • Fellow, Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Less than 0.15%/year of the members of INFORMS are elected fellows. INFORMS is the primary professional organization for the field of Operations Research. 2004
  • Humboldt Research Prize from A. von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, 2001 and renewed 2009.
  • Julian Hinds Award, 1999 American Society of Civil Engineers (highest award given by the Water Resources Planning and Management Division in ASCE) Citation: "for her leadership and research in ecosystems management, water resources systems analysis, and groundwater modeling and protection" (Only one award given per year.)
  • Margaret Peterson Award, 2014, American Society of Civil Engineers, Citation: "for her technical achievements, ASCE leadership, and commitment to mentoring women pursuing engineering careers ..."
  • Pioneers in Groundwater Lecturer, "ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute," May 2012.
  • Distinguished Educator Award, 1991 from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). This is a national award given because "she has established herself as a competent and committed teacher, as an outstanding and productive researcher, as a successful administrator, and as a champion and role model for women in the field of engineering." (One award given per year.)

Selected National And International Activities

  • Board of Directors of CUAHSI (U.S. NSF supported university consortium on Hydrology) 2002-2006. (Elected position)
  • Member, Board of Scientific Counselors, Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry established by Superfund legislation (Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health, Dr. Donna Shalala) 1994-1998.
  • Founder and Chair, International Groundwater Contamination Project for Scientific Council on Problems in the Environment (SCOPE) (1986-1996). Chair. (Prof. Shoemaker helped organize workshops in Stanford (1989), Thailand (1991), Costa Rica (1993), Australia (1994), and China (1995). These workshops were funded by proposals Prof. Shoemaker wrote with SCOPE staff to U.N. Environment Program and by regional funds.) Alexander Zehnder (co-Chair) organized a workshop in Eastern Europe (1994),
  • Member, Three Panels for National Research Council on environmental issues
  • Associate Editor, Optimization and Engineering 1999-present and Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications (1981-1984)
  • Ph.D. Theses Supervised By Shoemaker At Cornell University
    Professor Shoemaker has graduated 30 PhD students with Cornell Degrees with majors in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research & Industrial Engineering, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, or Entomology. She was also research supervisor for two students from Finland and China who did most of their PhD research at Cornell.
  • Research Funding Prof. Shoemaker has had multiple grants from four directorates at U.S. National Science Foundation (Geosciences, Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and Mathematical and Physical Sciences) and from Department of Energy and USDA.

Research Interests

Prof. Shoemaker’s research focuses on finding cost-effective, robust solutions for problems in engineering and science by using computational mathematics for optimization, modeling and statistical analyses. Her application areas focus on water resources and environmental issues but the algorithms are general and have been applied to a range of problems including physical and biological groundwater remediation, carbon sequestration (with multiphase transport), population ecology, computer architecture, and watershed models. These efforts include development of numerically efficient nonlinear optimization algorithms utilizing high performance computing (including asynchronous parallelism) and applications to realistic models of complex, nonlinear systems. Her algorithms do local and global continuous and integer optimization, stochastic optimal control, and uncertainty quantification. In her recent research, algorithm efficiency is greatly improved with the use of statistically based surrogate response surfaces iteratively built during the search process and with intelligent algorithms that effectively utilize parallel and distributed computing. The optimization and uncertainty quantification effort is used to improve model forecasts, to evaluate monitoring schemes and to have a tool for comparing alternative management practices and design in water resources and other areas.

Last Updated on 25 September 2013, by Department of Civil and Environmental Enginering