DRC-Disaster Research Center

Dr. Earl "Rusty" Lee

Core Faculty
355 A Dupont Hall, Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831 6241
Email: elee@udel.edu
Click here for Rusty's Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Schedule
Urban Transportation Systems: Thursdays 6:00-9:00
Engineering Project Management: Wednesday 6:00-9:00

Office Hours
Wendesday 2:00-4:00 and by Appointment


Earl “Rusty” Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Prior to joining the faculty at the Delaware, he was a staff research associate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, working as the project manager for three University Research Projects from the New York State Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration in the area of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). His research focus is in the area of decision support for emergency management; specifically, the modeling of interdependent infrastructure system for purposes of system recovery and vulnerability analysis. He received his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer, before joining the Navy’s submarine service. His 24 year career, both active duty and reserve, included assignments as Chief Engineer of the nuclear ballistic missile submarine, James K. Polk, staff of the Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet, and as a project manager for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, overseeing communication systems development and deployment. He returned to Rensselaer in the fall of 2000 as a student and was hired by the Institute in August 2001. He has a Master’s degree in Management and received his Ph.D. from the Department of Decision Science and Engineering Systems in August, 2006.

Current Studies

"Application of freight transportation and decision models to scope and compare freight infrastructure investment

"Commercial Freight and the Resilience of the BOSFOLK Corridor"

"Environmental Benchmarks"

"Infrastructure Security and Emergency Preparedness"  

"ITS Lab Baseline Service"

Selected Publications

“Managing Disruptions to Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies in the Context of the World Trade Center Attack”, (with W.A. Wallace, D.M. Mendonca, J.E. Mitchell, and J.H. Chow) In Beyond September 11th: An Account of Post-Disaster Research  ( J. L. Monday, Ed.), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. 2003, pp 165-198.

“Restoration of Services in Interdependent Infrastructure Systems: A Network Flows Approach” (with W.A. Wallace and J. E. Mitchell) IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics – Part C, Vol. 37, No. 6, pp 1303 – 1317, 2007.

“Network Flow Approaches for Analyzing and Managing Disruptions to Interdependent Infrastructure Systems” (with J. Mitchell and W. Wallace). Submitted for publication in Wiley Handbook of Science and Technology for Homeland Security  (J. G. Voeller, Ed.) John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. (Pending)