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Kenneth Harrison (Fed)

Operations Research Analyst

Ken Harrison is an Operations Research Analyst in the Community Resilience Group in the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Ken’s educational background and doctoral degree are in civil engineering with a specialization in systems analysis.  He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University, and a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; his Ph.D. dissertation was entitled “Environmental and Water Resources Decision-Making under Uncertainty”.  His research and experience are in mathematical modeling to support decision-making, with an emphasis on methods for decision-making under uncertainty and the development of mathematical programming-backed decision support tools.  He has studied a diverse set of large-scale systems with engineered and natural systems components.  Ken joined NIST in 2016.

Ken leads the “First-Generation Community Resilience Systems Model” project.  The project involves development of an optimization-based decision support tool for community resilience planning.  In addition, he conducts research in the Hurricane Maria Program.  Dr. Harrison is a member of the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) for the Technical Investigation of Hurricane Maria’s Impacts on Puerto Rico.  He also leads a National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) project in the Hurricane Maria Program that examines the impacts to and recovery of distributed infrastructure supporting critical buildings and emergency communications.

Ken joined 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.

 

Publications

Aprendiendo de los impactos del huracán María en Puerto Rico: Un informe de progreso

Author(s)
Joseph Main, Maria K. Dillard, Erica D. Kuligowski, Benjamin Davis, Jazalyn D. Dukes, Kenneth W. Harrison, Jennifer Helgeson, Katherine J. Johnson, Marc L. Levitan, Judith Mitrani-Reiser, Scott J. Weaver, DongHun Yeo, Luis D. Bermúdez, Joel Cline, Thomas Kirsch
El 20 de septiembre de 2017, el huracán María tuvo un impacto devastador en gran parte de Puerto Rico, dañando edificios de los que dependían sus comunidades

Learning from Hurricane Maria's Impacts on Puerto Rico: A Progress Report

Author(s)
Joseph Main, Maria K. Dillard, Erica D. Kuligowski, Benjamin Davis, Jazalyn D. Dukes, Kenneth W. Harrison, Jennifer Helgeson, Katherine J. Johnson, Marc L. Levitan, Judith Mitrani-Reiser, Scott J. Weaver, DongHun Yeo, Luis D. Bermúdez, Joel Cline, Thomas Kirsch
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico, damaging buildings that its communities relied upon for medical care, safety

Community Resilience-Focused Technical Investigation of the 2016 Lumberton, North Carolina Flood: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Author(s)
John W. van de Lindt, Walter G. Peacock, Judith Mitrani-Reiser, Nathanael Rosenheim, Derya Deniz, Maria Dillard, Tori Tomiczek, Andrew Graettinger, Patrick Crawford, Kenneth W. Harrison, Andre Barbosa, Jennifer Tobin, Jennifer Helgeson, Lori Peek, Mehrdad Memari, Elaina Sutley, Sara Hamideh, Donghwan Gu, Stephen Cauffman, Juan Fung
In early October 2016, Hurricane Matthew crossed North Carolina (NC) as a Category 1 storm, with some areas receiving 0.38 m to 0.46 m (15 to 18 in) of rainfall

The Lumberton, North Carolina Flood of 2016: A Community Resilience Focused Technical Investigation

Author(s)
John W. van de Lindt, Walter G. Peacock, Judith Mitrani-Reiser, Nathanael Rosenheim, Derya Deniz, Maria Dillard, Tori Tomiczek, Maria Koliou, Andrew Graettinger, Patrick Crawford, Kenneth W. Harrison, Andre Barbosa, Jennifer Tobin, Jennifer Helgeson, Lori Peek, Mehrdad Memari, Elaina Sutley, Sara Hamideh, Donghwan Gu, Stephen A. Cauffman, Juan Fung
In early October 2016 Hurricane Matthew crossed North Caroline as a category 1 storm with some areas receiving 15-18 inches of rainfall on already saturated

Research Needs to Support Immediate Occupancy Building Performance Following Natural Hazard Events

Author(s)
Siamak Sattar, Therese P. McAllister, Katherine J. Johnson, Christopher T. Clavin, Christopher L. Segura, Steven L. McCabe, Juan F. Fung, Leslie Abrahams, Emily Sylak-Glassman , Marc L. Levitan, Kenneth W. Harrison, John L. Harris
The performance of buildings in our communities depends on multiple factors including the availability of supporting infrastructure, the original design, the
Created October 8, 2019, Updated June 15, 2021