Olufemi Omitaomu: Urban resilience
Olufemi "Femi" Omitaomu is leveraging Big Data for urban resilience, helping growing cities support future infrastructure and resource needs. A senior research scientist for ORNL's Computational Sciences & Engineering Division since 2012, Femi is interested in the relationship between people and infrastructure in urban areas. "What we do, where we go and how we get there all have an impact on our cities and the resources upon which we rely," he says. "It is important to understand how people interact with infrastructure in their community to identify risks and inform decisions that will ultimately help us build better, more efficient, more resilient cities."
Amy Rose: Tracing footprints across the globe
For the last 10 years Amy Rose has captured the evolving trends of human activity across the globe. As a population research scientist working with the Lab's Geographic Information Science & Technology group and the Urban Dynamics Institute, Amy helps to characterize the development of human settlements and generate insights on human activity. The growth and movement of human populations are rapidly transforming the global landscape with profound effects for urban ecosystems. As people move in response to environmental, political and socioeconomic forces, new challenges emerge for urban residents and infrastructure. "We want to articulate the human footprint on earth in a relevant and meaningful way. Ultimately, we want to know how humans impact and are impacted by urban environments," Amy says.
Fueling the Future with Robert Wagner
Some engineers are attracted to fuels and engine research out of a love of cars. For Robert Wagner, however, enthusiasm for combustion science and chaos theory drew him to this area of research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). After years of delivering breakthroughs for cleaner, more efficient vehicles, Wagner is now director of the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC), the Department of Energy’s (DOE) only user facility dedicated to transportation technologies. In this role, Wagner provides strategic leadership to the NTRC, including developing external collaborations with industry, universities, and other national laboratories in coordination with the Sustainable Transportation Program to ensure the success and continued growth of ORNL’s transportation research.
UDI Leaders Bhaduri and Wagner Elected 2017 AAAS Fellows
Researchers Budhendra Bhaduri and Robert Wagner of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI) have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their substantial contributions to science and technology and demonstrated leadership across disciplines. An international non-profit, the AAAS is dedicated “to advancing science for the benefit of all people.” Fellows from diverse disciplines are elected annually based on merit for significant “efforts to advance science or its applications.”