Mark Houck has been a professor of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University since 1992. His research focuses on the use of systems analysis and engineering in support of public sector decision making, with special emphasis on environmental and water resources problems. As water resource planning becomes paramount in the future economic and social safety throughout the world, Houck’s research has been funded by a variety of groups whose priorities remain in those interests. This type of research cooperation is
exemplified in programs such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for identification of human response in the United States to El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events, and the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice for assessment of risk management in the water sector of the National Capital Region, and development of methods to enhance water security. Houck has published extensively in the scientific and engineering literature on environmental and water resources planning, management, and engineering. Houck shares his vast knowledge and experience with students in a variety of courses that prepare a new generation of resource engineers.