William W-G. Yeh

William W-G. Yeh

RICHARD G. NEWMAN AECOM DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Member, National Academy of Engineering

5732B Boelter Hall

Email:
Phone: (310) 825-2300
Fax: (310) 825-7581

RESEARCH AND INTERESTS

My research interests include groundwater modeling, conjunctive use planning of surface water and groundwater, and the development of methodologies and models for optimizing large-scale water resources systems.

I have been involved in the development of computer models for optimal operations of large-scale hydropower and water supply systems. The optimization models are based on mathematical programming techniques, such as Linear Programming, Nonlinear Programming, Dynamic Programming, and Stochastic Programming with Recourse.

My research in groundwater hydrology focuses on the inverse problems of parameter structure identification, experimental design, model reduction, and data assimilation. Nonlinear parameter estimation procedures are developed for solving inverse problems. Parameter structure identification includes the determination of the optimum parameter dimension, its corresponding pattern and parameter values.

I am also involved in the development of methodologies for optimizing conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater for sustainable management of water resources in the semi-arid regions.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, UCLA Engineering Alumni Association, 1975
  • Engineering Foundation Fellowship Award, 1981
  • Robert E. Horton Award, American Geophysical Union, 1989
  • Elected Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 1993
  • Outstanding Journal Paper Award, Water Resources Planning and Management Division, ASCE, 1994
  • Julian Hinds Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1994
  • Elected Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1994
  • Elected Honorary Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1996
  • Centennial Distinguished Alum, New Mexico State University, 1996
  • Warren A. Hall Medal, Universities Council on Water Resources, 1999
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, National Cheng Kung University North American Alumni Foundation, 2003
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2008
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 2008
  • Elected Honorary Diplomate, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, 2008
  • Appointed Inaugural Richard G. Newman AECOM Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering, 2010
  • Elected AAAS Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011
  • Received a Lifetime Achievement Award, EWRI/ASCE, 2012
  • AGU Hydrology Days Award, 2014
  • Received the 6th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water for Water Management and Protection, 2014

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