HARC Welcomes New Hire, Dr. Lu Liu
The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) recently expanded its staff to hire Dr. Lu Liu to guide the organization’s research on energy, air, and water issues.
Dr. Liu received her Doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2017. Her primary research interests include water-energy-climate nexus, integrated human-natural system modeling, and urban water sustainability. Dr. Liu is passionate about science-policy integration and technology transfer. Much of her previous work focused on developing integrated modeling of the interconnected water-energy-climate systems and informing decision-making regarding strategic planning of water and energy systems.
Prior to joining HARC, Dr. Liu worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Rice University, where she developed a modeling framework to assess the environmental and economic implications of a hybrid water supply system that supplements a centralized surface water supply with municipal wastewater reuse. This research was conducted as a strategy to address challenges in urban water system.
“Dr. Liu brings a tremendous amount of expertise using climate models to assess electric power and water system risk under different climate scenarios,” states Dr. Gavin Dillingham, HARC Program Director. “She has published a great deal in both areas, with a more recent article looking at impact of water scarcity on the Texas electric power grid generation mix.”
HARC’s Energy Resilience Research provides practical, science-based solutions to communities to identify and mitigate risk to increase the sustainability of the upper Texas Gulf Coast. As an ongoing research initiative, the energy-water nexus is defined as the interconnected relationship between our most coveted natural resource (water) and the driving force behind modern global culture (energy).