Fields of Expertise
Data, GIS, and Modeling, Energy, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Infrastructure
Areas of Interest
Coupled systems modeling, Water-energy-food nexus, Climate change adaptation, Sustainable community design
Dr. Steve Conrad has conducted research and consulted with the water and energy industry for over 25 years on the feedbacks between human-environmental systems through the coupling of social and engineering sciences to inform decision making and visualization, the quantification and modeling of system function, system optimization and resilience, and policy and planning as applied to energy, water and food systems, sustainable community design, and climate change adaptation. Prior to joining the systems engineering department, he led the Future Waters Research Excellence Cluster at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Before that, he was the Associate Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre and chair of the REM Water Research Group at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Conrad is active in industry having served on the Board of Directors for the American Water Works Association and the British Columbia Water and Waste Association, and chairing multiple industry committees on energy management, climate change, and risk and resilience.