Ross D. Collins

PhD Student
Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
126 Pine St. Apt 2, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139; USA; cell (617) 835-1445
<rdc8j@mit.edu>

Purpose

Develop and apply my skills in systems modeling, system dynamics and public policy analysis to research and explore the interconnected, multi-disciplinary components that shape regional and international energy and environmental systems and policy.

Employment

Sept2012-present

Graduate Research Assistant,
Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES),
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sept2012-Mar2014

Contractor,
CERAWeek 2013 Energy Innovation Pioneers Program,
IHS CERA

May2012-Aug2012

Congressional Fellow,
Natural Resources Committee and the
Personal Office of Congressman Edward J. Markey,
U.S. House of Representatives

Sept2010-May2012

Graduate Research Assistant,
MIT Portugal Program,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

May2010-Aug2010

Research Intern,
Institute of Refrigeration and Cryogenics,
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Aug08-May2010

Graduate Research Assistant,
Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems,
University of Virginia

Education

2012-2015 exp.

Ph.D., Engineering Systems & Management,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
GPA: 5.00/5.00
Prof. Olivier de Weck, Advisor

2010-2012

S.M., Technology and Policy,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
GPA: 5.00/5.00
Prof. Richard de Neufville, Advisor

2008-2010

M.S., Systems Engineering,
with Highest Honors (Louis T. Rader Award Recipient)
University of Virginia,
GPA: 3.93/4.00
Prof. Yacov Haimes, Advisor

2004-2008

B.S., Systems Engineering,
B.A., Economics,
with Honors (Matthew David Wait Award Recipient)
University of Virginia,
GPA: 3.60/4.00

Professional Associations

  1. System Dynamics Society, 2013-present
  2. Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), 2009-present
  3. Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), 2009-2011
  4. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2009-2011

Leadership

  1. Alumni Chair, MIT Engineering Systems Society, 2013-present
  2. Engineering Systems Division Representative, MIT Graduate Student Council, 2012-present
  3. Content Manager, MIT Sloan Energy Finance Forum, 2012
  4. President, MIT Technology and Policy Student Society, 2011-2012
  5. Congressional Chair, MIT Science Policy Initiative, 2011-2012
  6. Logistics Coordinator, MIT Energy Conference, 2010-2012
  7. Vice President, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, UVa Alpha Chapter, 2006-2008

Archival Publications

  1. Collins, R., de Neufville, R., Claro, J., Oliveira, T. & Pacheco, A. (2013). Forest fire management to avoid unintended consequences: a case study of Portugal using system dynamics. Journal of Environmental Management, 130, 1-9.
  2. Collins, R. & Crowther, K. (2011). Systems-based modeling of generation variability under alternate geographic configurations of photovoltaic (PV) installations in Virginia. Energy Policy, 39(10), 6262-6270.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Collins, R., Gowharji, W., Habib, A., Alwajeeh, R. & Connors, S. (2013). Evaluating scenarios of capacity expansion given high seasonal variability of electricity demand: the case of Saudi Arabia. Proceedings of the 31st International Conference of the System Dynamics Society.
  2. Dyke, C., J. Johnson, N. Revenko, R. Collins, M. Hamilton, M. Vedomske, K.G. Crowther, 2009. Feasibility analysis of critical infrastructure information sharing in Virginia. In G. Louis and K. Crowther (eds.) Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium.
  3. Cahill, B., R. Collins, R. Jurko, T. Zivic, K. Crowther, and Y. Haimes, 2008. Collaborative risk-based preparedness for pandemic influenza in Southeastern Virginia. In G. Louis and K. Crowther (eds.) Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium. (Won Best Paper Award for the Risk and Regional Planning Track.)

Select Conference Presentations

  1. Collins, R., de Neufville, R., Claro, J., Oliveira, T., 2011. Suppression or Prevention: Modeling forest fire management using System Dynamics. Presented to the Annual Meeting of INFORMS, November 2011, Charlotte, NC.
  2. Collins, R.D., Crowther, K.G., 2010. Systems-based modeling of generation variability under alternate geographic configurations of photovoltaic (PV) installations in Virginia. Presented to the Annual Meeting of INFORMS, November 2010, Austin, TX.
  3. Collins, R.D., 2009. A systems-driven, risk-informed evaluation of solar photovoltaic (PV) options in Virginia. Presented to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, December 2009, Baltimore, MD.
  4. Collins, R.D., Karvetski, C.W., Vedomske, M.A., 2009. Risk analysis of Boston snowstorms. Presented to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, December 2009, Baltimore, MD.

Invited Lectures

  1. Collins, R.D. and M.A. Vedomske, 2009. Reliability and Fault Tree Analysis. Guest lectures to SYS 3001 The Art and Science of Systems Modeling on October 13 and 15, 2009.
  2. Collins, R.D. and M.A. Vedomske, 2010. Using the Fractile Method in Decision Analysis. Guest lecture to SYS 6050 Risk Analysis on February 9, 2010.

Technical Reports

  1. Almahmoud, J., Nouh, M., Sanchez, A., Williams, J., Alwajeeh, R., Collins, R., Connors, S., Gowharji, W. & Habib, A. (2013). Integrated Energy Decision Support System (IEDSS) Final Report. CCES-KACST, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  2. Haimes, Y.Y., K.G. Crowther, J.H. Lambert, E. Andrijcic, J. Burke, R. Collins, E. Evans, M. Hamilton, S. Hwang, A. Pillutla, E. Rogerson, M. Vedomske, 2010. Systems-based Methodology for Risk Modeling and Assessment: Supporting the National Risk Profile. DHS, Washington, DC.
  3. Haimes, Y.Y., K.G. Crowther, R. Collins, M. Hamilton, S. Hwang, A. Murray, A. Pillutla, M. Vedomske, 2010. VDOT IT Risk Assessments Final Report: Methodology and best-practices in conducting risk assessments of IT sensitive systems for the Virginia Department of Transportation. VDOT, Richmond, VA.
  4. Haimes, Y.Y., K.G. Crowther, B.M. Horowitz, J.R. Santos, J.H. Lambert, A. Lee, B. Caswell, M. Orsi, S. Drake, K. Favreau, N. Magnum, S. McHail, A. Olesen, B. Cahill, R. Collins, R. Jurko, and T. Zivic, 2008. Regional Homeland Security: Framework for Balancing Preparedness with Resilience in the Hampton Roads Planning District System of Interconnected Infrastructure Systems. In Critical Infrastructure Resilience for the Hampton Roads Region Final Report, Hampton, VA.
  5. Haimes, Y.Y., J.R. Santos, J.H. Lambert, B.M. Horowitz, K.G. Crowther, B. Caswell, R. Collins, M. Haggerty, and J. McLin, 2007. Virginia Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection and Resilience. Virginia Transportation Research Council, Charlottesville, VA. VTRC No. 07-CRx.

Distinctions

  1. Winner of 2013 Global Energy Initiative Essay Contest, 1st place out of 400 entries from 67 countries.
  2. NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2010-2011, 2012-2014.
  3. NSF International Research and Education in Engineering (IREE) Program Award, Shanghai, China, 2010.
  4. UVa Dept. of Systems and Information Engineering Louis T. Rader Outstanding Grad. Student Award, 2010.
  5. UVa Center for Risk Management of Eng. Systems Distinguished Grad. Student Award, 2010.
  6. UVa Engineering Research Symposium (UVERS), Honorable Mention, 2010.
  7. IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium Best Paper Award for the Risk and Regional Planning Track, 2008.
  8. UVa Dept. of Systems and Information Engineering Matthew David Wait Memorial Award, 2008.

Community

  1. Mentor, Achieving Careers in Engineering and Science, program at MIT with Boston area high school students, 2011.
  2. Science Fair Judge, volunteer at Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair, Charlottesville, VA, 2010.
  3. Volunteer, The UVA Campus Kitchens Project, recover food from school cafeterias to deliver meals to the community, 2009-2010.
  4. Volunteer, UVA Monroe Society, led outreach for prospective students. by having them spend nights on grounds, 2005-2007.
  5. Volunteer, UVA Madison House, coached 5th and 6th grade boys basketball for local YMCA, 2006.
  6. Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, Miami, 2003.

Relevant Coursework and Software

  1. Math and Dynammic Programming (MatLab, Excel Solver)
  2. Linear Statistical Models (S-Plus, R)
  3. Risk Analysis (@Risk and StatTools for Excel)
  4. System Dynamics (Vensim, AnyLogic)
  5. Discrete Event Simulation (Arena)
  6. Data and Information Engineering (php, SQL)
  7. Computer Science (JAVA)
  8. GIS Methods (ArcGIS)
  9. Micro/Macro Economics
  10. Finance, certificate through Coursera.org

References

[on request]