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Jack Parker

Jack Parker

Research Professor


Jack Parker is a Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is a highly cited researcher with over 200 technical publications and has served on numerous expert panels, advisory and review boards, and delegations for government agencies, professional groups, private industry and others.

He has taught academic courses, professional workshops, and invited seminars in over 15 countries, and has directed many research and consulting projects involving contaminant transport and remediation at refineries, terminals, manufacturing plants, and other facilities.


Parker’s research focuses on inverse modeling, analysis of prediction uncertainty, and stochastic cost optimization of engineering decisions. Parker and colleagues have developed more than a dozen computer programs to address a range of subsurface contamination problems, which have been used throughout the US and in more than 30 countries.

In addition to environmental remediation problems, Parker is interested in the application of advanced computational methods to develop efficient, cost effective and environmentally acceptable recovery of unconventional fossil energy sources, such as oil shale.


Parker, J., U. Kim, A. Fortune, S. Griepke, and J. Galligan, 2017, "Operational monitoring of thermal treatment systems: methods, data analysis and cost optimization," Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation, 37(1), 51–66.

Kim, Y.J., S.C. Brooks, F. Zhang, J.C. Parker, J. Moon, and Y. Ruh, 2015, "Fate and transport of uranium (VI) in weathered saprolite," J. Environ. Radioactivity, 139, 154-162.

Parker, J.C. and U. Kim, 2015, "An upscaled approach for transport in media with extended tailing due to back-diffusion using analytical and numerical solutions of the advection dispersion equation," J. Contam. Hydrol., 182, 157-172.

Lee, J., X. Liu, P.K. Kitanidis, U. Kim, J. Parker, A. Bloom, and R. Lyon, 2012, "Cost optimization of DNAPL remediation at Dover Air Force Base," Ground Water Remediation and Monitoring, 32, 48–56, 2012.

Liu, X., J.L., P.K. Kitanidis, J. Parker , and U. Kim, 2012, "Value of information as a context-specific measure of uncertainty in groundwater remediation," Water Resources Management, 26, 1513-1535.

Parker, J.C., U. Kim, P.K. Kitanidis, M. Cardiff, X. Liu, and G. Beyke, 2012, "Stochastic Cost Optimization of DNAPL Remediation - Method Description and Sensitivity Study," Environmental Modeling & Software 38: 74-88.

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