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William W-G. Yeh, Ph.D.     

Richard G. Newman AECOM Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering
5732B Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593
williamy@seas.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-2300      Fax: (310) 825-7581
 
 Yeh Symposium (2008)
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 Education
B.S., (1961), National Chen-Kung University, Taiwan
M.S., (1964), New Mexico State University
Ph.D., (1967), Stanford University
 Selected Awards and Honors
Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, UCLA Engineering Alumni Association, 1975
Engineering Foundation Fellowship Award, 1981
Robert E. Horton Award, American Geophysical Union, 1989
Elected Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 1993
Outstanding Journal Paper Award, Water Resources Planning and Management Division, ASCE, 1994
Julian Hinds Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1994
Elected Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1994
Elected Honorary Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1996
Centennial Distinguished Alum, New Mexico State University, 1996
Warren A. Hall Medal, Universities Council on Water Resources, 1999
Outstanding Alumni Award, National Cheng Kung University North American Alumni Foundation, 2003
Elected Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2008
Distinguished Alumnus Award, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 2008
Elected Honorary Diplomate, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, 2008
Appointed Inaugural Richard G. Newman AECOM Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering, 2010
Elected AAAS Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011
Received a Lifetime Achievement Award, EWRI/ASCE, 2012
AGU Hydrology Days Award, 2014
 Research Interests
  My research interests include groundwater modeling, conjunctive use planning of surface water and groundwater, and the development of methodologies and models for optimizing large-scale water resources systems.

I have been involved in the development of computer models for optimal operations of large-scale hydropower and water supply systems. The optimization models are based on mathematical programming techniques, such as Linear Programming, Nonlinear Programming, Dynamic Programming, and Stochastic Programming with Recourse.

My research in groundwater hydrology focuses on the inverse problems of parameter structure identification, experimental design, model reduction, and data assimilation. Nonlinear parameter estimation procedures are developed for solving inverse problems. Parameter structure identification includes the determination of the optimum parameter dimension, its corresponding pattern and parameter values.

I am also involved in the development of methodologies for optimizing conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater for sustainable management of water resources in the semi-arid regions.
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