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Christine Ann Shoemaker

  • Christine Ann Shoemaker
  • Dept: Operations Research and Information Engineering
  • Title: Joseph P. Ripley Professor Emeritus of Engineering
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In July 1, 2002, by a committee of other endowed professors in the College of Engineering, Christine Shoemaker was elected to the position of Joseph P. Ripley Professor of Engineering. This appointment is given for her excellence in research and in teaching. Established in May 1968 by Joseph P. Ripley and funded in part by the Ford Foundation, the endowment provides a distinguished professorship which Mr. Ripley requested be held by professors "who have had and will have a major impact on the development of the College."

Research Interests

Prof. Shoemaker's research focuses on finding cost-effective, robust solutions for environmental problems by using optimization, modeling and statistical analyses. This includes development of general purpose, numerically efficient nonlinear and global optimization algorithms utilizing high performance computing and applications to data from complex, nonlinear environmental systems. Her applications areas include physical and biological groundwater remediation, pesticide management, ecology, carbon sequestration, and surface water pollutant transport in large watersheds. This analysis has resulted in improved policies for environmental remediation and protection.

Selected Publications

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished (Honorary) Member (American Society of Civil Engineers) 2006
  • Fellow (American Geophysical Union) 2003
  • Joseph P. Ripley Professor of Engineering (Cornell University) 2002
  • Humboldt Research Prize (A. von Humboldt Foundation) 2001
  • Julian Hinds Award (American Society of Civil Engineers) 1999


  • BS (Mathematics), University of Southern California, 1966
  • MS (Mathematics), University of Southern California, 1969
  • Ph D (Mathematics), University of Southern California, 1971