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Senior Research Manager
Ireland Research Lab, Dublin, Ireland



Surrogate modeling and risk-based analysis for solute transport simulations
Ernesto Arandia, Fearghal ODonncha, Sean McKenna, Seshu Tirupathi, Emanuele Ragnoli
Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 1-15, 2018
uncertainty quantification, temporal resolution, surrogate model, rendering, probabilistic logic, monte carlo method, mathematics, econometrics, computational physics

Statistical Parametric Mapping for Geoscience Applications
Sean A. McKenna
Handbook of Mathematical Geosciences, pp. 277-297, 2018
statistical parametric mapping, satellite imagery, reflectivity, porosity, permeability, multivariate statistics, mathematics, magnitude, elevation, earth science


Using Wavelet Covariance Models for Simultaneous Picking of Overlapping P and SWave Arrival Times in Noisy SingleComponent Data
Alex J. Rinehart, Sean A. McKenna, Thomas A. Dewers
Seismological Research Letters 87(4), 893-900, 2016
wavelet, statistics, noise reduction, noise, matrix, mathematics, kurtosis, daubechies wavelet, covariance, amplitude

Temperature dynamics and water quality in distribution systems
Eck, B.J., H. Saito and S.A. McKenna
IBM Journal of Research and Development 60(5/6), 7:1-7:8, 2016

Shock Capturing Data Assimilation Algorithm for 1D Shallow Water Equations
Tirupathi, S., T. Tchrakian, S. Zhuk and S. McKenna
Advances in Water Resources88, 198-210, 2016


Tailoring Seasonal Time Series Models to Forecast Short-Term Water Demand
Arandia, E., A. Ba, B. Eck and S. McKenna.
ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 2015

Advanced Solutions for Complex Water Challenges
McKenna, S.A.
Water Reuse and Desalination 6(1), 17-19, 2015

Water quality monitoring with online change-point detection methods
Amadou Ba, Sean A McKenna
Journal of Hydroinformatics 17(1), 7--19, IWA Publishing, 2015


Multiwell CO2 Injectivity: Impact of Boundary Conditions and Brine Extraction on Geologic CO2 Storage Efficiency and Pressure Buildup
Jason E Heath, Sean A McKenna, Thomas A Dewers, Jesse D Roach, Peter H Kobos
Environmental Science \& Technology 48(2), 1067--1074, ACS Publications, 2014

The Effect of Temporal Resolution on the Accuracy of Forecasting Models for Total System Demand
E Arandia, B Eck, S McKenna
Procedia Engineering89, 916--925, Elsevier, 2014

Assessment and quantification of HF radar uncertainty
Fearghal O'Donncha, Sean McKenna, Teresa Updyke, Hugh Roarty, Emanuele Ragnoli
Oceans-St. John's, 2014, pp. 1--10

Bad Data Analysis with Sparse Sensors for Leak Localisation in Water Distribution Networks
Francesco Fusco, Bradley Eck, Sean McKenna
Pattern Recognition (ICPR), 2014 22nd International Conference on, pp. 3642--3647

Applications of the Fractured Continuum Model to Enhanced Geothermal System Heat Extraction Problems
E.A. Kalinina, K.A. Klise, S.A. McKenna, T. Hadgu and T.S. Lowry
Springer Plus, Springer, 2014

Water Demand Pattern Classification From Smart Meter Data
S.A. McKenna, F. Fusco, B.J. Eck
Proceedia Engineering70, 1121--1130, Elsevier, 2014


On a Recent Solute Transport Laboratory Experiment Involving Sandstone and its Modeling
T.R. Ginn, M. K. Nassar, T. Kamai, K. Klise, V. Tidwell, S. McKenna
Water Resources Research, American Geophysical Union, 2013

Time-Variant Regularization in Affine Projection Algorithms
A. Ba and S.A. McKenna
51st Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, 2013

Multi-well CO2 Injectivity: Impact of Boundary Conditions and Brine Extraction on Geologic CO2 Storage Efficiency and Pressure Buildup
J.E. Heath, S.A. McKenna, T.A. Dewers, J.D. Roach, P.H. Kobos
Environmental Science and Technology, American Chemical Society, 2013

Scalable Anomaly Detection for Smart City Infrastructure Networks
D.E. Difallah, P. Cudre-Mauroux, S.A. McKenna
IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE, 2013

Pore-Scale Multiphase Flow Experiments in Bead Packs of Variable Wettability
J.G. Celauro, V.A. Torrealba, Z.T. Karpyn, K.A. Klise, S.A. McKenna
GeoFluids, 2013

Multivariate Trajectory Clustering for False Positive Reduction in Online Event Detection
McKenna, S.A., E.D. Vugrin, D.B. Hart and R.A. Aumer
ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 2013


Real-Time Inversion in Large-Scale Water Networks Using Discrete Measurements
Mann, A.V., S.A. McKenna, W.E. Hart and C.D. Laird
Computers & Chemical Engineering,37, 143--151, Elsevier, 2012

Geologic Heterogeneity and Economic Uncertainty of Subsurface Carbon Dioxide Storage
Heath, J.E., P.H. Kobos, J.D. Roach, T.A. Dewers, S.A. McKenna
SPE Economics and Management 4(1), 32-41, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2012

Bayesian Reconstruction of Binary Media with Unresolved Fine-Scale Spatial Structures
Ray, J., S.A. McKenna, B. van Bloemen Waanders and Y. Marzouk
Advances in Water Resources44, 1-19, Elsevier, 2012

Bayesian Estimation of Multi-scale Structures in a Binary Medium from Sparse Observations,
Ray, J., S. Lefantzi, S.A. McKenna and B. van Bloemen Waanders
Proceedings of: Computational Methods in Water Resources, XIX International Conference, University of Illinois, 2012


Bayesian data assimilation for stochastic multiscale models of transport in porous media
J. Ray, S. Lefantzi, K. Klise, L. Salazar, SA McKenna, B. van Bloemen Waanders, MD Parno, YM Marzouk
SAND Report SAND2011-6811, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA, 94551--0969

Distributed Sensor Fusion in Water Quality Event Detection
Koch, M.W. and S.A. McKenna
ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 137(1), 10-19, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2011

Truncated MultiGaussian Fields and Effective Conductance of Binary Media
McKenna, S.A., J. Ray, B. van Bloemen Waanders and Y. Marzouk
Advances in Water Resources 34(5), 617--626, Elsevier, 2011

Optimal Transect Sampling Designs: Are Straight Transects Always Best?
Bilisoly, R.L. and S.A. McKenna
Journal of the Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics65, 195-203, 2011

Testing and Evaluation of Water Quality Event Detection Algorithms
McKenna, S.A., D.B. Hart, R. Murray and T. Haxton
Handbook for Securing Water and Wastewater Systems, pp. 369-396, Springer, 2011


Real-time inversion and response planning in large-scale networks
A.V. Wong, S.A. McKenna, W.E. Hart, C.D. Laird
Computer Aided Chemical Engineering28, 1027--1032, Elsevier, 2010

Optimal determination of grab sample locations and source inversion in large-scale water distribution systems
A. Wong, J. Young, W.E. Hart, S.A. McKenna, C.D. Laird
Proc., Water Distribution System Analysis 2010

Combining water quality and operational data for improved event detection
D.B. Hart, S.A. McKenna, R. Murray, T. Haxton
Water Distribution Systems Analysis (WDSA) Conference, pp. 12--15, 2010


The use of secondary information in geostatistical target area identification
B.L. Roberts, S.A. McKenna
Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 23(2), 227--236, Springer, 2009

UXO target area identification with hidden Markov models
S.A. McKenna
Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 23(2), 193--202, Springer, 2009

Trajectory clustering approach for reducing water quality event false alarms
E. Vugrin, S.A. McKenna, D. Hart
Proc., of ASCE Annual World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, Kansas City, Missouri, May, pp. 17--21, 2009

Analysis Report for Task 7 of AP-114: Calibration of Culebra Transmissivity Fields
D.B. Hart, RL Beauheim, SA McKenna
Sandia National Laboratories WIPP Recods Center, Carlsbad, NM, 2009

Quantifying and reducing uncertainty in UXO site characterization
S.A. McKenna, B. Pulsipher
Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 23(2), 153--154, Springer, 2009

Exploring solute transport and streamline connectivity using lidar-based outcrop images and geostatistical representations of heterogeneity
K.A. Klise, G.S. Weissmann, S.A. McKenna, E.M. Nichols, J.D. Frechette, T.F. Wawrzyniec, V.C. Tidwell
Water Resources Research 45(5), W05413, American Geophysical Union, 2009

CANARY user’s manual, version 4.1
DB Hart, SA McKenna
Sandia National Laboratories. US Environmental Protection Agency, 2009


A Simulation Tool for Assessing Sensor Performance in a Water Utility Contaminant Warning System
W. Einfeld, S.A. McKenna, M.P. Wilson
World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2008@ sAhupua’A, pp. 1--12

Detailed Investigation of Solute Mixing in Pipe Joints Through High Speed Photography
S.A. McKenna, T. O’Hern, J. Hartenberger
10th Annual Water Distribution System Analysis Symposium, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Aug, pp. 17--20, 2008

Distributed network fusion for water quality
M. Koch, S. McKenna
Proc., ASCE World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, 2008

Using GIS technology to manage information following a bioterrorism attack
P. Finley, J. Ramsey, B. Melton, S.A. McKenna
Journal of Map and Geography Libraries 4(1), 207--220, Taylor \& Francis, 2008

A General Engineering Framework for the Definition
RJ Glass, AL Ames, WE Beyeler, B. Zak, DA Schoenwald, SA McKenna, SH Conrad, SL Maffitt
Design, Testing and Actualization of Solutions within Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems (CASoS) with Application to the Global Energy System (GES), Sandia National Laboratories, 2008

Mixing at cross junctions in water distribution systems. II: Experimental study
RG Austin, B. van Bloemen Waanders, S. McKenna, CY Choi
Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 134(3), 295--302, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2008


On the Use of Ensemble Kalman Filters to Predict Stream Discharge at Barton Springs, Edwards Aquifer, Texas
KA Klise, SA McKenna
World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2007, pp. 1--10

Hierarchical probabilistic regionalization of volcanism for Sengan region, Japan
P.H.S.W. Kulatilake, J. Park, P. Balasingam, S.A. Mckenna
Geotechnical and Geological Engineering 25(1), 79--102, Springer, 2007

Predicting building contamination using machine learning
S. Martin, S. McKenna
Machine Learning and Applications, 2007. ICMLA 2007. Sixth International Conference on, pp. 192--197

Markov models and the ensemble Kalman filter for estimation of sorption rates
E.D. Vugrin, S.A. McKenna, K.W. Vugrin
Sandia Report. SAND2007-5975. Albuquerque, New Mexico: Sandia National Laboratories

Experimental determination of solute mixing in pipe joints
S.A. McKenna, L. Orear, J. Wright
Proceedings of the ASCE 2007 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, Tampa, FL

Event detection from water quality time series
S.A. McKenna, D. Hart, K. Klise, V. Cruz, M. Wilson
Proceedings of 2007 ASCE World Environmental and Water Resources Congress

Evaluation of complete and incomplete mixing models in water distribution pipe network simulations
C.K. Ho, C.Y. Choi, S.A. McKenna
Proceedings of the 2007 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, pp. 15--19

Canary: A water quality event detection algorithm development tool
D. Hart, S.A. McKenna, K. Klise, V. Cruz, M. Wilson
Submitted to: ASCE World, 2007


Local Hydraulic Gradient Estimator Analysis of Long-Term Monitoring Networks
S.A. McKenna, A. Wahi
Ground water 44(5), 723--731, Wiley Online Library, 2006

Joint Sandia/NIOSH exercise on aerosol contamination using the BROOM tool
RO Griffith, JL Ramsey, PD Finley, BJ Melton, JE Brockmann, DA Lucero, SA McKenna, CE Peyton, RG Knowlton, W. Einfeld, others
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Document number SAND2006-3784

Fractured continuum approach to stochastic permeability modeling
SA McKenna, PC Reeves
2006 -, AAPG Special Volumes

Testing water quality change detection algorithms
S.A. McKenna, K.A. Klise, M.P. Wilson
Proceedings of the 8 th Annual Water Distribution System Analysis Symposium, Cincinnati, OH, pp. 152--164, 2006

Impact of sensor detection limits on protecting water distribution systems from contamination events
S.A. McKenna, D.B. Hart, L. Yarrington
Journal of water resources planning and management 132(4), 305--309, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2006

Transport phenomena at intersections of pressurized pipe systems
P. Romero-Gomez, CY Choi, B. van Bloemen Waanders, SA McKenna
8th Annual Water Distribution System Analysis Symposium, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Aug, pp. 27--30, 2006

Multivariate applications for detecting anomalous water quality
K.A. Klise, S.A. McKenna
Proceedings of 8 th Annual Water Distribution Systems Analysis Symposium, Cincinnati, OH, 2006

Contaminant mixing at pipe joints: Comparison between laboratory flow experiments and computational fluid dynamics models
C.K. Ho, L. Orear, J.L. Wright, S.A. McKenna
The Proceedings of the 8th Annual Water Distribution Systems Analysis Symposium, 2006

Distribution system contamination events: exposure, influence, and sensitivity
N. Khanal, S.G. Buchberger, S.A. McKenna
Journal of water resources planning and management 132(4), 283--292, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2006


Geostatistical noise filtering of geophysical images: application to unexploded ordnance (UXO) sites
H. Saito, T.C. Coburn, S.A. McKenna
Geostatistics Banff 2004, 921--926, Springer, 2005

Source location inversion and the effect of stochastically varying demand
S.A. McKenna, B.V.B. Waanders, C.D. Laird, S.G. Buchberger, Z. Li, R. Janke
Proc. ASCE World Water and Environmental Resources10, 2005

Vulnerability assessment of water distribution system to chemical intrusions
N. Khanal, SG Buchberger, SA McKenna, RM Clark, WM Grayman
World Water and Environmental Resources Congress, pp. 56--56, 2005

Physical modeling of scaled water distribution system networks
L. O’Rear, G. Hammond, SA McKenna, P. Molina, R. Johnson, T. O’Hern, BG van Bloemen Waanders
SAND2005-6776, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Accounting for geophysical information in geostatistical characterization of unexploded ordnance (UXO) sites
H. Saito, S.A. Mckenna, P. Goovaerts
Environmental and Ecological Statistics 12(1), 7--25, Springer, 2005

Geostatistical interpolation of object counts collected from multiple strip transects: Ordinary Kriging versus finite domain Kriging
H. Saito, S.A. McKenna, DA Zimmerman, T.C. Coburn
Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 19(1), 71--85, Springer, 2005


Modeling solute transport in distribution networks with variable demand and time step sizes
S.A. McKenna, C. Peyton, L. Yarrington, S.G. Buchberger, R. Bilisoly
Proc., 3rd Annual Environmental and Water Resources Systems Analysis Symp, pp. 1--10, 2004

Relating small-scale permeability heterogeneity to lithofacies distribution
M.N. Gaud, G.A. Smith, S.A. Mckenna
2004 -, Special Publications of SEPM

Analysis of permeability controls on transport through laboratory-scale cross-bedded sandstone
K.A. Klise, V.C. Tidwell, S.A. McKenna, MD Chapin
Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 2004


Determining optimal location and numbers of sample transects for characterization of UXO sites
R.L. Bilisoly, S.A. McKenna
SAND2002-3962, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, January, 44, 2003

Analysis Report, Task 4 of AP-088, Conditioning of Base T Fields to Transient Heads
SA McKenna, DB Hart
Sandia National Laboratories, WIPP Records Center, Carlsbad, NM, ERMS531124, 2003

Non-uniqueness of inverse transmissivity field calibration and predictive transport modeling
S.A. McKenna, J. Doherty, D.B. Hart
Journal of Hydrology 281(4), 265--280, Elsevier, 2003

Modeling dispersion in three-dimensional heterogeneous fractured media at Yucca Mountain
S.A. McKenna, D.D. Walker, B. Arnold
Journal of contaminant hydrology62, 577--594, Elsevier, 2003


Syndrome Surveillance using Parametric Space-Time Clustering
M.W. Koch, S.A. McKenna, R.L. Bilisoly
Technical Report, Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (US); Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (US), 2002

Controls of mass recovery rates in single-well injection-withdrawal tracer tests with a single-porosity, heterogeneous conceptualization
S.J. Altman, L.C. Meigs, T.L. Jones, S.A. McKenna
Water resources research 38(7), 1125, American Geophysical Union, 2002


Probabilistic Approach to Site Characterization: MIU Site, Tono Region, Japan
S.A. McKenna
Technical Report, Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (US); Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (US), 2001

Prediction of STT-2 Tracer Tests Application of the Multirate Model
Technical Report, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, 2001

Steady-state groundwater flow modeling of the MIU Site area
S.A. McKenna, M. Eliassi, K. Inaba, H. Saegusa
SAND2001-3570C, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Solute Transport Modeling of the Aspo STT-1 Tracer Tests with Multiple Rates of Mass Transfer
Technical Report, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, 2001

Sensitivity analysis of Monte Carlo results using the Kolomogorov-Smirnov d statistic
H. Makino, S.A. McKenna, K. Wakasugi
Int. association of mathematical geology annual meeting, pp. 1--16, 2001

Tracer tests in a fractured dolomite: 3. Double-porosity, multiple-rate mass transfer processes in convergent flow tracer tests
S.A. McKenna, L.C. Meigs, R. Haggerty
2001 - scholarsarchive.library.oregonstate. ..., American Geophysical Union

Tracer tests in a fractured dolomite 2. analysis of mass transfer in single-well injection-withdrawal tests
R. Haggerty, S.W. Fleming, L.C. Meigs, S.A. McKenna
Water Resources Research 37(5), 1129--1142, 2001


On the late-time behavior of tracer test breakthrough curves
R. Haggerty, S.A. McKenna, L.C. Meigs, others
Water Resources Research 36(12), 3467--3479, 2000



Influences of aquifer heterogeneity and channelization on saturated-zone flow and transport at Yucca Mountain: Sub-sitescale modeling results
B.W. Arnold, S.A. McKenna
High-tivel Radioactive Waste Management Conference, 1998

Use OF X-Ray Adsorption Imaging To Evaluate The Effects Of Heterogeneity On Matrix Diffusion
S. Altman, V.C. Tidwell, S.A. McKenna, L.C. Meigs

S.A. McKenna, B.W. Arnold
Technical Report, Yucca Mountain Project, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1998

Combining geologic information and inverse parameter estimation to improve ground water models
E.P. Poeter, S.A. McKenna
Hydrogeologic Models of Sedimentary Aquifers, 171--188, 1998

Geostatistical approach for managing uncertainty in environmental remediation of contaminated soils; case study
S.A. McKenna
Environmental \& Engineering Geoscience 4(2), 175--184, Assoc Eng Geologists, 1998


Geostatistical Analysis of Pu-238 Contamination in Release Block D, Mound Plant, Miamisburg, Ohio
S.A. McKenna
1997 - ... 0270, Sandia National Laboratories, ..., SAND97--0270, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Three-dimensional hydrological and thermal property models of Yucca Mountain
CA Rautman, SA McKenna
Nevada: Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories Data Report SAND97--1730, 1997


Geostatistical simulation, parameter development and property scaling for GWTT-95
S.A. McKenna, S.J. Altman
Technical Report, Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States), 1996

Scaling of material properties for Yucca Mountain: Literature review and numerical experiments on saturated hydraulic conductivity
S.A. McKenna, C.A. Rautman
1996 -, National Technical Information Service. US Department of Commerce

Flow calculation from Yucca Mountain Groundwater travel time
SJ Altman, BW Arnold, RW Barnard, GE Barr, CK Ho, SA McKenna, RR Eaton
GWTT-95). SAND96-0819, Sandia national Laboratories, 1996


Summary evaluation of Yucca Mountain surface transects with implications for downhole sampling
SA McKenna, C.A. Rautman, SA Mckenna
1995 - Sandia National Laboratories, Sandia National Laboratories

Reducing uncertainty associated with ground-water flow and transport predictions
E.P. Poeter, S.A. McKenna
Ground Water 33(6), 899--904, Wiley Online Library, 1995

Field example of data fusion in site characterization
S.A. McKenna, E.P. Poeter
Water Resources Research 31(12), 3229--3240, 1995


Simulating Geological Uncertainty with Imprecise Data for Groundwater Flow and Advective Transport Modeling
McKenna, S.A. and E.P. Poeter
Stochastic Modeling and Geostatistics: Case Histories and Practical Examples, American Assoc. of Petroleum Geologists, 1994


A Stable Isotope Study of Bank Storage Mechanisims in the Truckee River Basin,
McKenna, S.A., N.L. Ingraham, R.L. Jacobson, and G.F. Cochran
Journal of Hydrology134, 203-219, 1992

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Bio-Restoration of Major Transportation Facilities Domestic Demonstration and Application Project (DDAP): Technology Development at Sandia National Laboratories
R.O. Griffith, J.L. Ramsey, P.D. Finley, B.J. Melton, J.E. Brockmann, D.A. Lucero, S.A. McKenna, C.E. Peyton, W. Einfeld, R.G. Knowlton, others, 0

Spatio-temporal analysis of ground water contamination
M. Kanevski, L. Bolshov, E. Savelieva, V. Demyanov, R. Parkin, V. Timonin, S. Chernov, S. McKenna
Proceedings of IAMG 2003

Scaling of Properties for Yucca Mountain: Literature Review and Numerical Experiements on Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity, SAND9. 5-2338, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
SA McKenna, CA Rautman
Surface Transects with Implications for Downhole Sampling, SAND94-2038, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM45