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BISO Home > USNMO/IIASA Homepage > USNMO/IIASA Committee Member Biographies

USNMO/IIASA COMMITTEE MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES

Chair

Donald Saari is a Distinguished Professor of Economics and Mathematics at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Saari received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Purdue University in 1967. His research interests include dynamical systems and their application to the physical and social sciences. He is especially interested in voting, social choice, and decision theory; evolutionary game theory and applications to the social sciences; and dynamical systems and celestial mechanics. Dr. Saari is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Members

Robert W. Corell is presently on leave from his position as Vice President of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, in order to devote his time to working as chair of The Climate Action Initiative (CAI) and to provide leadership to the U.S. Global Energy Assessment Support Office (USGEASO) in collaboration with IIASA’s GEA. He is also working closely with IIASA to define the Institute's new Arctic initiative. He was previously Senior Policy Fellow with the Atmospheric Policy Program of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He was also a Senior Research Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to joining the AMS in January 2000, Dr. Corell was Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation, where he had oversight of the Atmospheric, Earth, and Ocean Sciences and the global change programs of the NSF. While at the NSF, he also served as the Chair of the committee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) that has oversight of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. He has also served as Chair and principal U.S. delegate to many international bodies with interests in, and responsibilities for, climate and global change research programs. Before joining the NSF, Dr. Corell was a Professor and academic administrator at the University of New Hampshire. He has also held appointments at the Woods Hole Institution of Oceanography, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the University of Washington. Dr. Corell is an AMS Fellow. Dr. Corell is an oceanographer and engineer by background and training, having received Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees at the Case Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology respectively.

Peter Gleick (NAS) is Cofounder and President of the Pacific Institute in California. In 2006, Dr. Gleick was elected as a member to the National Academy of Sciences' Section 64 - Human Environmental Sciences. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, human and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources. He is an internationally recognized water expert and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003 for his work. Dr. Gleick was the first to successfully link general circulation models with regional hydrologic models to characterize regional impacts of climate change on water. His subsequent work has focused on the challenges of understanding the interactions of global freshwater resources with respect to human environmental impacts, economic development, and international security. He was dubbed a "visionary on the environment" by the BBC. In 1999, he was elected an Academician of the International Water Academy, in Olso, Norway. Dr. Gleick received a PhD in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986.

Brian O’Neill is a Scientist in the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment (ISSE) at NCAR.  Prior to moving to Boulder, he led the Population and Climate Change (PCC) Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He holds a Ph.D. in Earth Systems Science and an M.S. in Applied Science, both from New York University.  Dr. O’Neill’s research interests are in the field of integrated assessment modeling of climate change, which links socio-economic and natural science elements of the climate change issue in order to address applied, policy-relevant questions. Particular areas of focus include the relationship between demographic change and greenhouse gas emissions, the characterization of uncertainty and its role in decision analysis, and scenario analyses linking long-term climate change goals to shorter-term actions.  He has worked as a member of the science staff of the Environmental Defense Fund in New York, and as an Assistant and Associate Professor (Research) at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. In 2004, he received a European Young Investigator (EURYI) award which provides principal funding for the PCC Program at IIASA. He has published in a variety of journals, including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science – USA, and Population and Development Review. He has also served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report in a volume on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability (Working Group II), and for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) in a volume on Scenarios.

Stephen M. Robinson (NAE) is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2008, he was elected as a member to the National Academy of Engineering's Section 8 - Industrial, Manufacturing, and Operational Systems Engineering. His research is in the development of quantitative methods for making the best use of scarce resources, which is part of the broad category of operations research methods. He works particularly on nonlinear and stochastic optimization methods for both optimization and equilibrium problems, trying both to develop the underlying theory and to find better numerical methods for solving applied problems. His recent work has focused especially on the mathematical properties of solutions of variational condition, considered as functions of the data appearing in those conditions. He has published 98 articles and is currently the president of INFORMS. Dr. Robinson received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971.

Barbara Boyle Torrey is a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Aging of NIH.  She served as the executive director of the Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academy of Sciences from 1993-2002, and was a visiting scholar at the Population Research Bureau from 2002-2010, researching a series of topics on the interaction of social policy and population changes.  An economist-demographer with a special interest in children and the elderly, she is well known for her social policy research across a broad range of topics. She served on the IIASA Science Advisory Committee from 2002 through 2010.

Elke U. Weber is Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business and Co-Director, Center for the Decision Science at Columbia University. Dr. Weber is an expert on behavioral models of judgment and decision-making under risk and uncertainty. Her current research is in three areas. First, she investigates the different ways in which people have been shown to make decisions. Second, she studies psychologically appropriate ways to measure and model individual and cultural differences in risk taking. Third, she examines the role of personal experience in risky decision making and the role that memory processes play in preference construction. Finally, most recently, she has investigated psychologically appropriate ways to measure and model individual and cultural differences in risk taking, specifically in risky financial situations and environmental decision making and policy. She is past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, coeditor of Risk Decision & Policy and associate editor of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. She serves on the editorial boards of two other journals, on the executive councils of INFORMS's Decision Analysis Society and the Society for Mathematical Psychology, and on an advisory committee of the National Academy of Sciences on Human Dimensions in Global Change. Dr. Weber received her PhD in Behavior and Decision Analysis from Harvard University in 1984.

Ex-Officio Members

Norman P. Neureiter is an ex-officio member of the committee by virtue of his service as a trustee to IIASA's newly established endowment fund (IEF). Dr. Neureiter was appointed Director of the new Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004. Dr. Neureiter was a Fulbright Fellow to Germany from 1955 to 1956 and earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Northwestern University in 1957. After joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1965, during the height of the Cold War, he became the first U.S. science attaché in Eastern Europe in 1967, based at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. From 1969 to 1973, he served as the international affairs assistant in President Richard Nixon's Office of Science and Technology. After leaving that post, he worked for Texas Instruments until 1996, serving in his last years there as Director of Texas Instruments in Japan and the Vice President of Texas Instruments Asia. In the closing months of the administration of President Bill Clinton, he was named to a three-year term as science and technology adviser to the Secretary of State, serving first under Secretary Madeleine Albright and then, after President George W. Bush took office, under Secretary Colin Powell. Neureiter left the post in September 2003, after his term expired.

Roger Levien is the founder of Strategy & Innovation Consulting, a consultancy established to provide support to senior managers in developing longer-term strategic direction and strengthening innovation. His consultancy draws upon extensive experience at the Xerox Corporation and in public policy research organizations. In addition to Xerox, he has worked to design, execute, and implement strategic renewal and technology evaluation processes with the senior management teams of a number of other corporations, including Cooper Tire and Rubber, Cooper-Standard Automotive, Sonoco Products Company, FMC Technologies, and Blackboard, Inc. and with non-commercial organizations, such as the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. From January 1982 through May 1997, he held senior positions at the Xerox Corporation in business and technology strategy. As a Corporate Vice President, he had responsibility for Corporate Strategy and, within Corporate Research and Technology, for Technology and Market Development and for Strategy and Innovation. He designed and managed four longer term strategic direction setting exercises -- Xerox ‘92, Xerox ‘95, Xerox 2000, and Xerox 2005 -- that guided the transformation of Xerox from a copier company to The Document Company. In addition, he was responsible for the technology planning and strategy functions, designing and managing development of the first longer-term Technology Strategy for Xerox. During 1992-95 he led Xerox’s new business venturing activity. He is the author of Taking Technology to Market (Crisp Publications, 1997). From 1974 through December 1981, Dr. Levien was with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, which he served as General Director from 1975 through 1981. The Institute is an international, interdisciplinary, and applied research organization that works on problems of global and universal importance with a research staff drawn from more than 20 countries and as many disciplines. The United States and the Soviet Union established it in 1972 as a bridge between East and West. The Austrian Government awarded him the Ehrenkreuz First Class for his service. From 1960 through August 1974, he was on the staff of The RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California and Washington, DC. During that time Dr. Levien was Deputy Vice President for RAND’s Domestic Program, Head of its Washington Office Domestic Programs, the Education Program, and the System Sciences Department. While at RAND he co-authored two books: The Emerging Technology (McGraw-Hill) and Research and Development Management (Lexington Books). From 1969 through 1974 he was also Adjunct Professor of System Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Levien chaired a National Research Council Study Panel on the future of Internet Navigation and the Domain Name System, whose report, Signposts in Cyberspace, was published in July 2005 by the National Academies Press. He has served on the board of Brown and Sharpe - a NYSE company, the Research Advisory Council of the Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, the board of the National Corporate Theatre Fund, and the board of the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra. He has also been chairman of the Engineering Council of Swarthmore College and of the strategic planning panels of the Conference Board and of MAPI. Dr. Levien holds the Ph.D. and MS in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard University and a BS in Engineering (with Highest Honors) from Swarthmore College. He has been elected to membership in the Connecticut Academy of Science and Technology, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Tau Beta Pi.


 

Core support for USNMO/IIASA is provided by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. OISE-1246585, with policy involvement of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of State, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce (NOAA), the USDA Forest Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency. U.S. Government Agencies providing directed support for IIASA projects include the Department of Energy, and the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service of the Department of Commerce. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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