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Ecosystems Research

Gene Whelan

I design, develop, and implement multimedia (i.e., intermedia) fate/transport/risk assessment methodologies.  I have been involved in conceptual development of 10 multimedia software systems and approaches [RAPS, MEPAS, FRAMES-V1, 3MRA, FRAMES-V2, ARAMS, RAAS, MRA, RRA, and CORE].  All of these view environmental problems from a systematic and holistic perspective.  They address aspects of multimedia modeling, whether they deal with inactive/active waste sites, chemical/radiological problems, site-specific/regional/national issues, military/DOE/NRC/private installations, regulatory concerns, or remediation alternatives.  The intent is to provide open-architecture, object-oriented software platforms that interact with environmental databases; help the user construct a Conceptual Site Model that is real-world based; allow the user to choose the most appropriate models to solve simulation requirements; present graphical packages for analyzing results; and will provide a forum where models can interact with each other and facilitate a "plug-and-play" atmosphere.  They allow users to assess multiple asymmetric threats and track the status of a coordinated sustainable response.  These analyses also can be combined with several already familiar information views (e.g., Google Earth, operation status boards, URL linkages, etc.), while providing enhanced access to information; they also support assessment and delivery of guidance for individuals to track decisions and understand the ramifications of those decisions.

Biographical Information

Name: Gene Whelan
Title: Research Engineer

Contact Info:

Ecosystems Research Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Office of Research and Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
960 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia 30605-2700

Phone: 706-355-8305
Email: whelan.gene@epa.gov

Education

Ph.D.  Civil & Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, 1992
M.S.   Mechanics and Hydraulics, University of Iowa, 1980
B.S.    Civil Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1977
Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts, (1971-1974, transferred 1974)

Professional Experience

Session Co-chairperson, Integrated Modeling Technologies Session, International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs) 2010, Ottawa, Canada, July 5-8, 2010
Organizing Committee for the Community for Integrated Environmental Modeling (CIEM), 2009
Working Group 1 Session Chairman of 2009 Annual Meeting and Workshop of the Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling (ISCMEM): Software System Design, and Implementation for Environmental Modeling, 2009
Science Advisory Panel Member of the Sewage Sludge Subcommittee of the Interagency Steering Committee on Radiation Standards, assisting US NRC and EPA, 2004
Symposium Organizer and Chairman, Multimedia Modeling and Assessment Symposium, 2nd International Conference on Prevention, Assessment, Rehabilitation and Development of Brownfield Sites, Siena Italy, June 14-16, 2004
Symposium Organizer and Chairman, Multimedia Modeling and Assessment Symposium, 1st International Conference on Prevention, Assessment, Rehabilitation and Development of Brownfield Sites, Cadiz, Spain, September 2-4, 2002
Chairman and Organizer, Environmental Software Systems Compatibility and Linkage Workshop, US NRC, Rockville, MD, March 6-10, 2000 (NUREG/CP-0177)
Invited International Atomic Energy Agency Panel Member on Comparative Assessment of Health and Environmental Effects of Waste from Different Energy System Fuel Chains, Vienna, Austria, 1999, 1998, 1997
American Nuclear Society Session Chairman for Pathway Model Assessment, Conference on Risk-Based Performance Assessment and Decision Making, Pasco, WA, April 5-8, 1998
Technical Peer-Review Panel Member for the Nevada Risk Assessment Management Program, 1997, 1996
Co-Chairman of the International Conference for Integrated Risk Assessment in Areas Subject to Pollution:  Modern Technologies for Data Preparation (MTDP) for Decision Making to Reduce Risks to Populations and Nature, Moscow, Russia.  June 19-23, 1995.

Professional Affiliations

Member:  American Society of Civil Engineers, American Chemical Society, International Environmental Modeling and Software Society
Reviewer:  J. Human and Ecolog. Risk Assess, Environ. Modelling & Software J.
Chairman: ISCMEM Working Group
Co-Chairman: IEM Summit- Integrated Environmental Modeling: Lowering The Barriers
G2G Executive Committee

Awards And Honors

PNNL Outstanding Team Performance Award – 2004, 2005
Environmental Business Journal 2003 Achievement Award Recipient of the Technical Merit Award, 2004
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Outstanding Performance Award, 2003, 2001, 1999
Honored by Battelle for Patents, Inventions, Innovations, and Software Development, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1994, 1993, 1991
Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence, 1993

Publications and Presentations

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