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Daniel Peter Loucks

  • Daniel Peter Loucks
  • Dept: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Title: Emeritus
  • Address: Room 403 Hollister Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-4896
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Daniel P. Loucks continues to teach and direct research in the development and application of economics, ecology and systems analysis methods to the solution of environmental and regional water resources problems at Cornell and in Delft, NL, and Vienna, Austria. He has written numerous articles and co-authored books on these topics, including two widely used text books on water resources planning and management. He has held positions of Department chair and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering. During periods of leave from Cornell, Loucks has had appointments at other universities in the US, Europe, and Australia, at the World Bank and at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, and as a consultant to numerous governmental and international agencies and consulting companies.

Research Interests

Development and Application of Environmental Engineering, Economics, Ecology, and Systems Analysis methods for addressing regional environmental and water resources issues.

Teaching Interests

Water Resource Systems Modeling Public Systems Modeling Engineering Economics and Management

Selected Publications

  • Loucks, Daniel Peter. "Water and the Future of Humanity: Revisiting water security." .
  • Loucks, Daniel Peter. "The Entrepreneurial Engineer: How to create value from ideas." .
  • Loucks, Daniel Peter. "Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk." Volume 1 (No. 4).
  • Loucks, Daniel Peter. "Toward a Sustainable Water Future." .
  • Loucks, Daniel Peter, Sydney P. Glennon, L. Konikow, G. de Marsily, E. Sudicky. 2012. "Report of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Second Meeting". International Scientific Advisory Committee.

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • Honorary Diplomate (American Academy of Water Resources Engineers) 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (American Society of Civil Engineering Environmental & Water Resources Institute) 2010
  • Elected to Honorary Member (American Society of Civil Engineers) 1998
  • U.S. Senior Scientist Research Award (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany) 1992
  • Elected to the National Academy of Engineering 1989


  • BS (Forestry), Pennsylvania State University, 1954
  • MS (Environmental Engineering), Yale University, 1962
  • Ph D (Environmental Engineering), Cornell University, 1965