Associate Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Scott Steinschneider is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. His primary expertise is in statistical hydroclimatology, with two principal focus areas: (1) the characterization of hydroclimatic variability across space-time scales, and (2) the analysis of hydroclimate impacts in the water sector. His work has focused on water systems across the United States and globally and has been sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, New York Sea Grant, National Science Foundation, and US Department of Agriculture. He earned his BA in Mathematics from Tufts University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to arriving at Cornell, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University.
Dr. Steinschneider’s research explores the intersection between anthropogenic, hydrologic, and climatic systems with an emphasis on water resources planning and management. The broad goal of his research program is to provide decision-centric information for the sustainable design and management of integrated water resource systems. Dr. Steinschneider advances his program through three inter-related themes: 1) Assess the variability, predictability, and change of hydroclimate processes that impact the performance of water infrastructure; 2) develop stochastic methods to quantify the risk these hydroclimate processes pose to water services; 3) identify robust adaptation strategies that can mitigate this risk. He pursues this agenda across scales, with primary focal points on hydroclimate forecasts for short-term management and long-term projections for planning under climate change. This research demands an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon the physical sciences, data analytics, and systems simulation and optimization.
Professor Steinschneider teaches students the data analytics necessary to address pressing environmental problems facing society today, including emerging concerns in the fields of hydrology and climate change. He helps students learn how to leverage data analysis to better understand complex environmental systems, and how to use that understanding to communicate scientific insights and engineering solutions to a range of audiences.
His courses include:
- BEE 4110/6110 Hydrologic Engineering in a Changing Climate
- BEE 4310/6310 Multivariate Statistics for Environmental Applications
320 Riley Robb Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
ss3378 [at] cornell.edu
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Three faculty at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) were among 11 Cornell assistant and associate professors who have recently received National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Awards. Over the next five...
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