Fall 2015 Research Forum: Climate Change and the Environment


Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : 7th Floor

Date & Time

October 30, 2015, 8:15 am1:15 pm


Slides presented at this event are available here (UMBC login required).

See Below For:
  • Overview
  • Speaker Biography
  • Agenda


Welcome to UMBC’s third Research Forum, a semi-annual series bringing together researchers and scientists from across the UMBC community and our partner institutions to establish and expand meaningful collaborations around common research themes.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, today’s Research Forum aims to advance cross-disciplinary, intramural, and extramural collaborations in the critical area of climate change and to spark dialogue about the role of UMBC research in this vital area for our state and our planet.

Future Research Forums will focus on similarly cross-disciplinary subjects such as the art and visualization of complex systems and the rapidly changing set of challenges and opportunities encountered in aging.

We encourage you to actively participate in today’s event, learn from the keynote presentation, contribute to the panel discussions, and meet new colleagues during the poster sessions.

Robert Marshall ’88
Founder & CEO, Earth Networks

We are delighted to welcome Robert S. Marshall ’88, mechanical engineering, Founder and CEO of Earth Networks, as the Keynote Speaker of the Fall 2015 UMBC Research Forum.

Robert Marshall is the founder and CEO of Earth Networks, which operates the largest and most comprehensive weather observation, lightning detection, and greenhouse gas monitoring networks in the world. He is also a cum laude graduate of UMBC and was recognized as UMBC’s 2007 Outstanding Alumnus in Engineering and Information Technology.

In 1992, Marshall co-founded AWS Convergence Technologies, the company that would become Earth Networks, by pioneering the networking of weather sensors and cameras using the Internet. Since then, the company has fostered partnerships with NWS, NOAA, NIST,

the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and many other government entities. Earth Networks provides its proprietary solutions to governments at the local, state, and federal levels, and to enterprises across industries that include agriculture, energy, transportation, sports and recreation, education, and others. The company also owns and operates the WeatherBug brand that informs and alerts millions to changing and severe weather.

Bob is passionate about big data – from weather and climate observations to connected home and Internet-of-Things sensors and beyond. By developing groundbreaking technology to find ‘signals’ – valuable, meaningful intelligence – in this sea of big-data ‘noise,’ Bob believes in improving and protecting people’s lives and livelihoods. He frequently speaks at major industry conferences, including those held by the American Meteorological Society and the World Meteorological Organization, on the topics of weather technology, public-private partnerships, and STEM education. Bob has appeared on CNN, BBC World News, and ABC Nightly News, and has been quoted in major news outlets that include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Nature, and Scientific American, among others.

In May 2011 and May 2013, Washingtonian magazine named Marshall one of the region’s 100 top Tech Titans who are making the D.C. area grow. In June 2011, DC Tech Source honored Marshall with their inaugural Technology Visionary award that recognizes a person who has a long track record of identifying issues and creating solutions.

8:15 a.m.Registration and Coffee
8:50 a.m.Welcome and Introductions – Karl Steiner, VP for Research
9 a.m. Keynote – Taking the Pulse of Our Planet: Advances in Sensor Networks and Big Data

Robert Marshall ’88, Founder & CEO, Earth Networks
9:45 a.m. Panel #1 – Measuring, Modeling and Understanding our Changing World

Moderator: Belay Demoz, Director, UMBC Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET)

– Colleen Burge, Assistant Professor, UMBC Department of Marine Biotechnology and UMB Department of Microbiology and Immunology

– Ruben Delgado, Assistant Research Scientist, JCET

– Jeffrey Halverson, Professor, UMBC Department of Geography and Environmental Systems

– Tim Nohe, Professor, UMBC Department of Visual Arts
10:45 a.m.Break and Poster Session
11:05 p.m.Panel #2 – Stewardship, Mitigation, Remediation, and Adaptation

Moderator: Claire Welty, Director, UMBC Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE)

– Timothy Brennan, Professor, UMBC Department of Economics

– Erle Ellis, Professor, UMBC Department of Geography and Environmental Systems

– Upal Ghosh, Professor, UMBC Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

– Yonathan Zohar, Chair, UMBC Department of Marine Biotechnology
12:05 p.m.Wrap-up and Next Steps – Don Engel, Assistant VP for Research
12:15 p.m.Buffet Luncheon and Poster Session
1:15 p.m.Research Forum Concludes

Slides presented at this event are available here (UMBC login required).