Christine Ann Shoemaker
In July 1, 2002, by a committee of other endowed professors in the College of Engineering, Christine Shoemaker was elected to the position of Joseph P. Ripley Professor of Engineering. This appointment is given for her excellence in research and in teaching. Established in May 1968 by Joseph P. Ripley and funded in part by the Ford Foundation, the endowment provides a distinguished professorship which Mr. Ripley requested be held by professors "who have had and will have a major impact on the development of the College."
Prof. Shoemaker's research focuses on finding cost-effective, robust solutions for environmental problems by using optimization, modeling and statistical analyses. This includes development of general purpose, numerically efficient nonlinear and global optimization algorithms utilizing high performance computing (including asynchronous parallelism) and applications to data on complex, nonlinear environmental systems. Her algorithms address local and global continuous and integer optimization, stochastic optimal control, and uncertainty quantification problems. In her recent research algorithm efficiency is improved with the use of surrogate response surfaces iteratively built during the research process and with intelligent algorithms that effectively utilize parallel and distributed computing. Her applications areas include physical and biological groundwater remediation, carbon sequestration, pesticide management, ecology, and calibration of climate and watershed models. The optimization and uncertainty quantification effort is used to improve model forecasts, to evaluate monitoring schemes and to have a tool for comparing alternative water and environmental management practices. Algorithms that are efficient because they require relatively few simulations are essential for doing calibration and uncertainty analysis on computationally expensive engineering simulation models. Professor Shoemaker has also been involved in multidisciplinary international outreach/research efforts for protecting groundwater resources from contamination and in helping to bring more women in engineering and computational mathematics.
- 2013. "Stochastic Assessment of Long-Term Impacts of Phosphorous Management Options on Sustainability with and without Climate Change." Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management-Asce 139 (5): 512-219. .
- 2013. "Estimation of Plume Distribution for Carbon Sequestration Using Parameter Estimation, Optimization and Monitoring Data." Water Resources Research 49 (7): 4442-4464. .
- 2013. "Impact of Human Activities on Stream Flow in the Biliu River Basin, China." Hydrological Processes 27 (17): 2509-2523. .
- 2013. "A Quasi-Multistart Framework for Global Optimization of Expensive Functions using Response Surface Models." Journal of Global Optimization 56 (4): 1719-1753. .
- 2013. "Flicker: A Dynamically Adaptive Architecture for the Dark Silicon Era." Paper presented at International Symposium on Computer Architecture, June. .
Selected Awards and Honors
- National Academy of Engineering Member (National Academy of Engineering) 2012
- Distinguished (Honorary) Member (American Society of Civil Engineers) 2006
- National Engineering Award (American Association of Engineering Societies) 2014
- Fellow (American Geophysical Union) 2003
- Fellow (Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS)) 2004
- BS (Mathematics), University of Southern California, 1966
- MS (Mathematics), University of Southern California, 1969
- Ph D (Mathematics), University of Southern California, 1971