David Abramson, Daniel Bienstock, Garud Iyengar, Javad Lavaei, Amber Miller, David Park, Diane Vaughan, Venkat Venkatasubramanian

Professor David Abramson is currently a faculty member of the Medical Center and School of Public Health, and the Deputy Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. His research interests include public health disasters, and their prevention.




Professor Daniel Bienstock is a faculty member of IEOR department. His research focuses on optimization and high-performance computing. His current research concentration involves the use of computational mathematics in the analysis and control of power grids, especially the study of vulnerabilities and of cascading blackouts.



Professor Garud Iyengar is currently chairman of the IEOR department. His research is mainly in the optimization domain including convex optimization, robust optimization, queuing networks, and combinatorial optimization. Iyengar applies his expertise in optimization to the study of systemic risk. In a recently published article, he proposed an axiomatic framework for the measurement and management of systemic risk based on the simultaneous analysis of outcomes across agents in the system and over scenarios of nature.


Professor Javad Lavaei is a faulty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. He has worked on different interdisciplinary problems in power systems, networking, communications, circuits, distributed computation, optimization, and control. Javad Lavaei is a senior member of IEEE and has won several prestigious awards, including the Governor General’s Gold Medal given by the Government of Canada.


Professor Amber Miller is currently Dean of Sciences for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests include the origin and evolution of the universe, and issues on the interface between science and policy. She worked at Princeton University on issues related to satellite verification of nuclear non-proliferation agreements.



Dr. David Park currently serves as Director of Special Projects at the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University. He was formerly Assistant Professor in political science and the Applied Statistics Center at Washington University, St. Louis, and Assistant Professor in political science at George Washington University. Dr. Park straddles the intersection of social, statistical, and computational systems.



Professor Diane Vaughan is currently a faculty member of the department of sociology. Her research interest are the sociology or organizations, sociology of culture, deviance and social control, field methods, research design, and science, knowledge, and technology. The prime theoretical focus of her research is how the social – history, institutions, organizations – affect individual meanings, decisions, and action.



Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering Venkat Venkatasubramanian, who is the founding co-director of CMSR, has pioneered, over past 28 years, the development and use of methodologies and tools for the modeling, design, analysis, control and management of risk in process plants. These methodologies combine modeling concepts from process design, control, fault diagnosis, and artificial intelligence. His group has developed and tested a number of intelligent systems, such as DKit, HAZOPexpert, and PHASuite, for industrial-scale challenges in risk management.

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