2008-2016 Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) at the Univ. of Maryland, Research Scientist
2008-2009 North Carolina State Univ. (NCSU), Research Assistant Professor
2003-2008 Univ. of South Carolina (USC), Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Assistant Professor
2002-2003 U.S. EPA Postdoc (through ORISE), National Risk Management Laboratory, RTP, North Carolina
1991-1994 Resources for the Future (RFF), Washington, DC, Research Associate
PhD in Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University
MS in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BS in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Ken Harrison is an Operations Research Analyst for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Community Resilience Group. He joins NIST from the University of Maryland and NASA where for eight years he worked in the NASA's Hydrological Sciences Laboratory as a research scientist affiliated with Maryland's Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC). At NASA, he designed and implemented the Uncertainty Estimation subsystem of the NASA Land Information System (LIS) software, and conducted research investigating the value of NASA Earth Science satellite data for reducing hydrologic prediction uncertainty. Prior to NASA he was on the faculty of the University of South Carolina Department of Civil Engineering, where he studied and taught systems analysis.
Ken's research and experience is in mathematical modeling to support decision-making. He is an expert in methods for decision-making under uncertainty, and mathematical programming-backed decision support tools. At NIST, he is developing infrastructure systems models and decision support tools to aid in community resilience planning.