University of Vermont

College of
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Spring starters: Two new professors join CEMS

Release Date: 01-12-2009

Author: Jon C. Reidel
Phone: 802/656-8206 Fax: (802) 656-3203

Arne Bomblies, a new faculty member in engineering,
installs time-domain reflectometry probes in Banizoumbou, Niger as part of
his research on hydrology, mosquito breeding and malaria in a Sahel village
environment.Two new tenure-track faculty have joined UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) in Spring 2009. Dr. Arne Bomblies, an MIT researcher interested in hydrology and environmental drivers of disease transmission who once rode his motorcycle from Denver to Cape Horn "just for the hell of it," and Dr. Greg Warrington, an expert on algebraic combinatorics (specifically, matters relating to permutations) who can juggle nine balls at one time.

See their academic exploits and personal talents, below:

Arne Bomblies, assistant professor

Department: School of Engineering
Training: Ph.D., MIT

Recent experience: Field research in Niger, involving monitoring hydrology and anopheles (malaria-transmitting) mosquito breeding and malaria in a Sahel village environment. The observations were simulated with an agent-based mosquito population model coupled to a detailed hydrology model.

Research interests: Hydrology; environmental drivers of disease transmission, primarily malaria and other mosquito-borne disease; factors governing interannual variability in hydrology and environmentally-linked diseases

Outside interests: Skiing, hiking, kayaking, climbing, traveling, photography

Why he chose UVM: "The Complex Systems Center, the strength and energy of the engineering program, and UVM's location in the great town of Burlington and the snowy hills of Vermont."

Greg Warrington

Greg Warrington, assistant professor

Department: Mathematics & Statistics
Training: Ph.D., Harvard University

Recent experience: Assistant professor, Wake Forest University; NSF postdoctoral fellow, University of Pennsylvania Research Interests: Algebraic combinatorics, specifically matters relating to permutations (i.e., reorderings). "My recent research has explored more abstract aspects of permutations. I love the field for its aesthetic beauty and for its rich connections to so many areas."

Outside Interests: My family, hiking, skiing, photography

Why he chose UVM: "Initially I was attracted by the strong research in fields closely related to algebraic combinatorics. And through initiatives such as the Complex Systems Center, I see a great opportunity to expand my research into more applied areas. What most impressed me about my campus visit, however, was the care and attention given to teaching and, more broadly, educating."