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Research group of Dr. Arturo S. Leon

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  • (April 2018) Our $308k proposal Dynamic Management of Water Storage in Watersheds for Reducing the Magnitude of Floods (August 2018-July 2021) submitted to NSF was funded.
  • Researchers         
    Arturo Leon, CEE (PI, University of Houston)
    Craig Glennie (co-PI, University of Houston),
    Steven Pennings (co-PI, University of Houston)

  • (April 26, 2018) Congratulations to Ahmet Yolcu for succesfully defending his MS Thesis. Great job Ahmet!
  • (March 08, 2018) Congratulations to Dr. Yunji Choi for succesfully defending her PhD Thesis. Way to go Yunji!
  • (November 2016) Congratulations to Parnian Hosseini for succesfully defending her PhD Thesis. Way to go Parnian!
  • (August 2015) Our $1.2M proposal Framework for Quantification of Risk and Valuation of Flexibility in the FCRPS (November 2015-October 2018) submitted to DOE-BPA was funded. The results of this research will allow BPA to balance capabilities and resources in the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) by providing the flexibility to better utilize resources to maximize revenue, without wasting resources due to uncertainties in operation or the market. The accurate quantification and valuation of flexibility will provide guidance to BPA on when to optimally move electricity generation from one period to another, which would allow BPA to maximize revenue while increasing the reliability of the operation of reservoirs in the FCRPS to meet the electricity demands in the Pacific North West.

    Arturo Leon, CEE (PI, University of Houston)
    Nathan Gibson, MATH  (Co-PI, Oregon State University, Corvallis)
    Christopher Hoyle, MIME (Co-PI, Oregon State University, Corvallis)       
    Yong Chen, Economics (Co-PI, Oregon State University, Corvallis)
    Claudio Fuentes, Stats (Co-PI, Oregon State University, Corvallis)

  • (July 2015) Ali Alnahit obtained his MS degree. Congratulations Ali!

  • (June 2015) Dr. Leon gave a Keynote Talk at the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) Summer Conference, Hood River, OR. The title of his ptresentation was “Development of a Computational Framework for the Optimal Control of Multi-Reservoir Systems Under Uncertainty: Application to the Columbia River System”.
  • (June 2015) Yunji and Parnian passed ther prelims. Congratulations Yunji and Parnian!
  • (March 04, 2015). Parnian Hosseini received the Runner-up Award (School of Civil and Construction Engineering) at the OSU College of Engineering Research Engineering Expo (2015). Parnian's poster title was “Flexible Multi-Objective Optimization of Reservoir Operation Considering Uncertain Decision Variables.”
  • (Sept 2014) Parnian Hosseini (PhD student) was awarded a NW Energy Prize scholarship from Oregon Best (BPA) (2014-2015)
  • (May 5, 2014) - Arturo Leon, Ph.D., P.E, Assistant Professor in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University, has been named a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE), a subsidiary of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  The D.WRE certification is the highest post-license certification available in the water resources engineering profession and it is an accredited program by the Council of  Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).  The D.WRE represents strong professional ethics, a commitment to life-long learning and continuing professional development. Arturo will be inducted as Diplomate on June 2, 2014 at the 2014 ASCE-EWRI World Water & Environmental Resources Congress.
  • (Dec 2013) - Christopher Gifford-Miears obtained his MS degree. Congratulations Chris!
  • (June 2013) - Dr. Leon is serving in the Advisory Board of the 2013 International Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage (www.fishpassageconference.com).
  • (Dec 2012) - Akemi Kanashiro obtained her MS degree. Congratulations Akemi!

  • (October 2012) - Dr. Leon's proposal Development of a state-of-the-art computational framework and platform for the optimal control of multi-reservoir systems under uncertainty (October 2012-September 2014) submitted to DOE-BPA was funded. As part of this proposal, we will develop a robust and computationally efficient framework for the real-time operation of multi-objective and multi-reservoir systems that accounts for uncertainty and flexibility. In pursuit of this goal, we will devise a novel methodology for the incorporation of uncertainty into the system, investigate hybrid optimization approaches, allow for scalable parallelization in our numerical methods and combine all components into an integrated platform with a user-friendly graphical interface. Co-PI: Nathan Gibson (Dept. of Mathematics, OSU) (September 20, 2012)
  • (July 2012) Yunji Choi (MS Student of Arturo Leon) was awarded the Arthur N. L. Chiu Endowed Scholarship” for the 2012-2013 academic year. This scholarship is awarded to a professional-level student majoring in civil engineering with a 3.3 GPA or higher who is active in leadership roles in the College of Engineering, other OSU honor societies or OSU organizations (Arthur Chiu's engineering legacy)
  • (March 2012) Christopher Gifford-Miears (MS student) was selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Portland office, as a Fish Passage Engineer Intern. This appointment is for 10 weeks during the Spring of 2012. Chris will work on developing, constructing, and running hydraulic models of fish passage structures to aid project designers and resource managers to conceptualize, and monitor fish passage projects (http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/regional-office/habitat-conservation/oregon-state-branch/)

  • (November 2011) - Dr. Leon was named honorary member of the Colegio de Ingenieros del Peru - CDA Ayacucho (Society of Peruvian Engineers). See Diploma here.
  • Dr. Leon taught a short course (4 hours) entitled "Modeling of Flows in Combined Storm-sewer Systems" in the 2010 ASCE-EWRI conference in Rhode Island (May, 2010). This short course offered a hands-on interactive training on the use of the open source Illinois Transient Model (ITM) for analyzing the flow dynamics (transient and non-transient conditions) in combined storm-sewer systems. http://content.asce.org/conferences/ewri2010/courses.html
  • (February 11, 2010) - BSU Graduate Student Akemi Kanashiro and Arturo Leon displayed their work at the "Boise State Day at the Idaho Statehouse (Capitol)"



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