Associated Faculty

Faculty whose work is representative of Complex Systems at UVM.

Jason Bates, Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, website
Department of Medicine
CSYS/ME 312 (Advanced Bioengineering Systems)
His research focuses primarily on the mechanics of lung function, an area in which he has published extensively. He has applications to the engineering of new technologies to address lung diseases and much of his work centers on the measurement and modeling of lung function. His research work has led to three patents and he has been involved with the establishment of two Canadian companies.
Brian Beckage, Associate Professor, website
Plant Biology
CSYS/PBIO 295 (Ecological & Environmental Modeling)
He is an ecologist broadly interested in population and community dynamics including tree demography, maintenance of species richness, and the ecological effects of climate change. He emphasizes the use of quantitative approaches to investigate the mechanisms structuring ecological systems, including statistical models, analytical models, and computer simulation models.
Adrian Del Maestro, Assistant Professor, website
Department of Physics
Current research involves the application of high performance computational tools to study the effects of strong interactions in condensed matter systems. In particular, I am fascinated by low dimensional systems where the interplay between quantum mechanics, dissipation and disorder can lead to exotic cooperative phenomena.
Mary Dunlop,Assistant Professor, website
School of Engineering
CSYS/ME 295 (Systems and Synthetic Biology)
Her research interests center on control theory and synthetic biology. Her lab will study how feedback control systems are implemented in molecular biology. She is particularly interested in processes that are dynamic and use fluorescent proteins and time-lapse microscopy to image single cells over the course of many hours. Applications include problems in bioenergy and medicine.
Hugh Garavan, Associate Professor, website
Psychology / Psychiatry
His research applies functional brain imaging to understanding human cognition. He has a specific interest in the cognitive control functions performed by the prefrontal cortex and how their dysfunction might be relevant for clinical conditions such as addiction.
Bill Gibson, John Converse Professor of Economics, website
Department of Economics
He studies economic processes using the methodology of complex systems. His recent work focuses on real-financial interactions in multi-agent economies and how aid to developing countries can be used and/or abused. The approach is to build up economies from the actions of individual agents and then explore how incentives might be changed to to improve the efficiency or fairness of the emergent structures.
Charles Goodnight, Professor, website
Department of Biology
BIOL 271 (Evolution)
He studies genetic differentiation and evolution in structured populations. His research combines theoretical and experimental approaches to study the effects of selection among individuals, populations and communities. One of his major areas of interest is how certain types of genetic variation, such as epistatic interactions among loci, can contribute to a response to selection in a subdivided population even though they cannot contribute to a response to selection in a large panmictic population.
Eric Hernandez, Assistant Professor, website
School of Engineering
CE 295 (Reliability of Engineering Systems)
He is interested in discovering new ideas for solving large scale inverse problems under uncertainty and their application to the reliability analysis of operational dynamical systems. Areas of expertise include structural engineering, structural dynamics, structural health monitoring, state estimation, reliability analysis and uncertainty quantification.
Christopher Koliba, Assistant Professor, website
Director of the Master of Public Administration Degree Program
Community Development and Applied Economics Department
PA 317 (Systems Analysis and Strategic Management)
His research interests include organizational learning and development, governance systems and networks, cross sector collaborations, action research methods, civic education, and educational policy. He teaches courses pertaining to public policy and public affairs, public administration, governance networks, and science and society
Gagan Mirchandani, Professor, website
EE/STAT 270 (Stochastic Processes)
His research is focused on various applications of sparse sampling: tracking, classification and counting selected targets such as pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles at intersections and other locations.
Taylor Ricketts, Professor, website
Professor, Environment and Natural Resources
Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
He is interested in connecting rigorous interdisciplinary research with real-world conservation problems, both in Vermont and worldwide. His recent focus has been the economic benefits provided to people by forests, wetlands, reefs, and other natural areas. He works on understanding how ecosystems provide these benefits, what they are worth (and to whom), and how they might change in the future. Other interests include global patterns of biodiversity, conservation planning, ecological economics, and community and landscape ecology.
Donna Rizzo, Professor, website
School of Engineering
CSYS/CE 359 (Applied Artificial Neural Networks)
CSYS/STAT/CE 369 (Applied Geostatistics)Her 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 and multi-scale environmental problems.
Frederic Sansoz, Associate Professor, website
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
CSYS/ME 350 (Multi-Scale Modeling)
His research works at the intersection of nanotechnology and materials science using theory, computer simulation and experimental approaches. His general interest lies in examining how sample size, microstructure (in particular, twin boundaries) and surface structure can influence mechanical and thermoelectric properties in low-dimensional materials at the nanoscale. He currently studies new nanoscale systems such as twinning superlattice nanowires in metals and semiconductors, carbon nanofibers and graphene.
Asim Zia, Associate Professor, website
PA 306 (Policy Systems)
PA 308 (Decision Making Models)
Community Development and Applied Economics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer Science
His research focuses on the development of computational and complex-systems based approaches for informing the theory and practice of public policy analysis. He applies computational modeling and policy analytical approaches to evaluate complex policy and governance problems that span global climate change, international development, energy, transportation, forest conservation, disaster management and watershed management.