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Senior Research Manager
Ireland Research Lab, Dublin, Ireland



I am a Senior Research Manager at IBM Research in Dublin Ireland.  I lead a team of scientists and engineers developing computational and analytics-based solutions to challenges driven by the Internet of Things (IoT). Current research areas include employing cognitive computing to combine physics-based and data-driven models for solutions in energy, water, builldings and environmental domains.

Prior to joining IBM in late 2012, I was a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA in the Geoscience Research and Applicaitons Department.  My work there included flow and transport in porous media with applications in spent nuclear fuel repositories and CO2 sequestration.  Between 2003 and 2012, I also led development of the open-source water quality event detection software, CANARY, which won a 2010 R&D 100 Award and a 2011 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Technology Transfer in partnership with the US EPA National Homeland Security Research Laboratory.

I have previously been an adjunct, or visiting, faculty member at the University of New Mexico, the National University of Singapore, the University of Texas at Austin, and New Mexico Tech. I have a BA from Carleton College, an MS from the University of Nevada, Reno and a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines.  I am the 2016 Distinguished Lecturer for the International Assoc. of Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG).