John Baugh is a Professor at North Carolina State University in Civil Engineering. He is also a member of the Operations Research Program, and the Computational Engineering and Sciences Program. He received the Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989.
Dr. Baugh's research and educational activities overlap with issues of national importance to the country of Japan in areas such as computational support for natural hazard mitigation and active seismic protection of building structures. His current and prior studies have included formal verification of active control systems for intelligent structures, and models for improving disaster preparedness in coastal regions considering the effects of hurricanes, flooding, and other events on critical civil infrastructure systems as part of a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.
In addition to building and maintaining recognized research and instructional programs, Dr. Baugh has participated in and chaired national and university committees, served on major conference editorial boards both nationally and internationally, and generally worked within the university along with other faculty and administrators to improve the educational opportunities of its students. Included among those efforts is leadership in developing a new graduate program in Civil Engineering in the areas of computing and systems engineering, which now includes over a dozen faculty, as well as chairing the committee on computing in the College of Engineering.
Recent funding sources for Dr. Baugh's research program include the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Transit Administration, US Environmental Protection Agency, and the North Carolina Supercomputing Center. Before pursuing the Ph.D., he worked as a Research Engineer in Applied Mechanics and Structures at Battelle's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is a member of ASCE, INFORMS, ACM, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, and Chi Epsilon, and is Past-Chair of ASCE's Emerging Computing Technology Committee.
Regarding personal and cultural interests in Japan, Dr. Baugh has traveled throughout its cities and more remote areas, an interest that began with the poetry of Zen monk Ryokan and the Man'yoshu poets.
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