OR/MS Tomorrow

Fall/Winter 2017 Issue: OR/MS in Disaster Management

The online student membership magazine for INFORMS. The bi-annual publication provides a look at operations research and management science from the perspective of young people in those fields. Edited by a team of students and junior faculty, the magazine is written for students and aims to introduce topics relevant to them, highlight their accomplishments, and promote awareness of current events and issues in OR and MS.

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Operations Research in Disaster Management


Operations research in disaster management deals with methods and techniques in predicting and preventing disasters, such as hurricane, earthquake, floods, etc., and post-disaster management problems, such as relief measure, food supply, etc. The field has grown into a significant domain because of the direct impact that it has on people and their health. Further,

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Pre-disaster management: A quick view

Natural disasters can have a geophysical origin (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landslides) or a climatic origin (such as hurricanes, cyclones, drought, and floods). Independent of their origin, however, today they tend to lead to increasingly higher human and material losses due to a multitude of factors, such as unplanned urbanization and increase in population and poverty. Further,

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Simulating Storms and Hurricanes

Early in October of 2017, Hurricane Nate made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi river, making it the fourth hurricane to make landfall in the United States. The last time the U.S saw as many hurricanes in a single year happened way back in 2005. Further,

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Weather Forecasting Techniques

From the roaring waters of Hurricane Harvey to the raging wildfires in California, it is now evident more than ever that we need accurate and reliable weather forecasting techniques to help prepare for and mitigate the impacts of climate-induced phenomena, such as hurricanes and subsequent flooding, heat waves, and strong winds that could spread a limited house fire into an entire forest. Further,

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Operations Research in Disaster Management: An Interview with Dr. Clint Dawson

Clint N. Dawson, Professor, Department Associate Chair, Head of Computational Hydraulics Group,  John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in Engineering. Dr. Dawson's research focuses on numerical methods for partial differential equations, specifically flow and transport problems in CFD; scientific computing and parallel computing; finite element analysis, discontinuous Galerkin methods; shallow water systems, hurricane storm surge modeling, rainfall-induced flooding; ground water systems, flow in porous media, geochemistry; data assimilation, parameter estimation, uncertainty and error estimation.

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Dr. Clint Dawson

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The Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment Section (ENRE) is organized to promote the development and application of operations research/management science methods, techniques, and tools to the solution of problems relating to energy, natural resources and/or the environment.

Undergraduate Research defined - "An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline...." -The Council on Undergraduate Research

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