Meeting Archive:
Bridging the Gap Between Climate Change Science and Engineering Practice

Meeting Description:

            Join us for this ASCE eLearning webinar that will inform engineers of all disciplines of:

           1) Evidence from observational and analytical climate/weather science indicates that changes of climate will affect demands for and the performance of engineered systems

            2) Authoritative sources for guidance and recommendations for adaptation of engineered systems to a changing climate and

            3) Needs for the engineering community to collaborate in research with the climate/weather science community.


Date: Thu, Dec 19, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Terri Dove
 Presenter Information
Miriam Heller, M. ASCE, Principal MHITech Systems

Dr. Heller provides research, consulting and teaching services in the areas of sustainability, climate change, e-learning, and data analytics as Principal and Founder of MHITech Systems. She also serves as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University mediaX, adjunct lecturer in the Johns Hopkins University Energy Policy and Climate program, and Director of Data and Model Integrity at the Center for Understanding Change. Dr. Heller primarily serves as Director of Council Affairs at the American Society of Engineering Education. Dr. Heller was a 2002 NAE Frontiers of Engineering speaker, a 2000 Fulbright Senior Scholar and AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. She earned her B.S. from the University of Rochester and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Systems Analysis from the Johns Hopkins University.




J. Rolf Olsen, Ph.D., Senior Lead for Climate Change, IWR, US Army Corps of Engineers

J. Rolf Olsen is a senior lead for climate change at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  He is located at the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) in Alexandria Virginia. He initiated and managed the USACE Responses to Climate Change program. Rolf has led a number of studies involving climate change and water resources, including an analysis of the implications of climate change and variability on flood frequency analysis for the Upper Mississippi River System Flow Frequency Study and an evaluation of potential climate change impacts on inland navigation for the Department of Transportation. He has a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. He was a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy for eight years.

Bilal Ayyub, F.ASCE, F.ASME, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Maryland

Dr. Ayyub is the Director of the Center for Technology and Systems Management at the University of Maryland. He is also a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1983; Professor of Reliability Engineering since 1985; Professor of Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation since 2009; Consulting Professor at the U. S. Navy from 1993 to 2001; President of BMA Engineering, Inc. since 1987, board member of several research and development companies and non-profit organizations including start-up companies receiving millions of dollars in venture-capital funding. He is the coauthor of several textbooks and hundreds of publications. He completed his PhD degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta in 1983, MSCE degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1981, and BSCE from the University of Kuwait in 1980.

Richard N Wright, Ph.D., ASCE Committee of Adaptation to a Changing Climate
Dr. Wright is vice chair of ASCE's Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate and represents ASCE in the Engineering Founder Societies Carbon Management Project. He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Enginners. He is retired as director of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and as a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, he served as chairman of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Academies; founding co-chairman of the Subcommittee on Construction and Building of the National Science and Technology Council;President of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB); and President of the Laision Committee of International Civil Engineering Organzations.