Donna Rizzo Fellow
PhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Vermont
MS, Civil & Engineering, University of California, Irvine
NA, Art & Archeology, University of Florence, Italy
BS, Civil Engineering (Honors College), University of Connecticut, Storrs
Donna has over 15 years of experience with heuristic optimization methods that 1) enable social issues (essentially penalties for not meeting constraints) to be placed on the site/stakeholder objective functions, and 2) provide stakeholders with a suite of "optimal" solutions rather than a single design, allowing consideration of the trade-offs between costs, risks, and assumptions. The focus of her Ph.D. and private sector experience involved field-scale applications of multi-objective optimization, much of this done while working with prior Gund fellows and a few who remain on as Gund Affiliates. Since Donna's arrival at UVM she has collaborated with faculty and students across five different UVM colleges on a number of computational approaches to multi-scale environmental problems, including: the evaluation of human impacts to surface waters and groundwaters; lake Cyanobacteria bloom research; and assessing linkages between stream geomorphic, water quality, and habitat metrics/parameters. Collaborating with microbiologists around the world has led to the development and application of new tools for characterizing the spatial structure of microbial communities in municipal landfill leachate-contaminated groundwater environments, and tracking these changes through time at discrete monitoring locations using molecular-based techniques.
AT UVM: Donna is a Professor in the School of Engineering, and has a secondary appointment in Computer Science.
Donna's research focuses on the development of new computational tools to improve the understanding of human-induced changes on natural systems and the way we make decisions about natural resources
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