For over two decades, Elise Miller-Hooks has been applying and advancing concepts of operations research to civil and infrastructure systems applications.
Motivating Miller-Hooks’ research program is a strong desire to make a difference for society. Her work with her students and post-docs focuses on the development of algorithms and mathematically-based decision support tools for designing, operating, managing, maintaining, and protecting the built environment. Miller-Hooks’ research program has received funding from private, nonprofit and local, national and international government agencies. She puts her creative energy into many areas, but most notably: multi-hazard civil infrastructure resilience quantification; disaster planning and response, e.g. urban search and rescue, building and regional evacuation and sheltering, and crowd modeling; stochastic and dynamic network algorithms; mathematical modeling and optimization; transportation systems engineering; intermodal passenger and freight transport; real-time routing and fleet management; paratransit, ridesharing and bikeways; and collaborative and multi-objective decision-making.
Prior to joining Mason, Miller-Hooks served as a program director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University and Duke University. Now at Mason, Miller-Hooks holds the Bill and Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Engineering in the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University.