Mark Edward Borsuk

Borsuk

James L. and Elizabeth M. Vincent Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mark Borsuk’s research concerns the development and application of mathematical models for integrating scientific information on natural, technical, and social systems. He is a widely-cited expert in Bayesian network modeling with regular application to environmental and human health regulation and decision making. He is also the originator of novel approaches to climate change assessment, combining risk analysis, game theory, and agent-based modeling. Borsuk’s highly collaborative research has been funded by NSF, EPA, NIH, NIEHS and USFS, and he has authored or co-authored 75 peer-reviewed journal publications and 6 book chapters.

Borsuk received the Chauncey Starr Distinguished Young Risk Analyst Award from the Society for Risk Analysis in 2013 and the Early Career Research Excellence Award from the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society in 2008. Before joining the Duke faculty, Dr. Borsuk was a member of the Dartmouth College faculty for 10 years where he held an appointment in the Thayer School of Engineering. Dr. Borsuk received a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University, an M.S. in Statistics and Decision Sciences from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University. He did his post-doctoral training in the Department of Systems Analysis, Integrated Assessment, and Modelling (SIAM) at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), where he advanced to head of the Decision Analysis and Integrated Assessment group.

As part of his appointment at Duke, Dr. Borsuk directs a new interdisciplinary research and teaching initiative in risk, uncertainty, optimization and decision-making.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • James L. and Elizabeth M. Vincent Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director of the RESILE Center
  • Co-Director of the Center on Risk in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 166 Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: +1 919 660 1767
  • Email Address: mark.borsuk@duke.edu
  • Websites:

Education

  • M.S. Duke University, 2001
  • Ph.D. Duke University, 2001
  • B.S.E. Princeton University, 1995

Research Interests

Mathematical models for integrating scientific information on natural, technical, and social systems; Bayesian network modeling with regular application to environmental and human health regulation and decision making; novel approaches to climate change assessment, combining risk analysis, game theory, and agent-based modeling.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Earl I. Brown Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Award. Civil and Enviornmental Engineering Duke University. 2018
  • Chauncey Starr Distinguished Young Risk Analyst Award. Society for Risk Analysis. 2013
  • Best Paper. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management Journal. 2012
  • Excellence in Mentoring Award. Dartmouth College Postdoctoral Association. 2010
  • Early Career Research Excellence Award. International Environmental Modelling and Software Society. 2008
  • Best Paper in Integrated Modelling. Environmental Modelling & Software Journal. 2008

Courses Taught

  • MENG 552: Master of Engineering Supplemental Internship
  • MENG 551: Master of Engineering Internship/Project Assessment
  • MENG 550: Master of Engineering Internship/Project
  • EGR 305: Engineering Systems Optimization and Economics
  • ECON 212: Engineering Systems Optimization and Economics
  • CEE 692: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 691: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 494: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 493: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Robinson, C; Bradbury, K; Borsuk, ME, Remotely sensed above-ground storage tank dataset for object detection and infrastructure assessment., Scientific data, vol 11 no. 1 (2024) [10.1038/s41597-023-02780-1] [abs].
  • Bourne, K; Curtis, AN; Chipman, J; Chen, CY; Borsuk, ME, Patterns of Co-contamination in Freshwater and Marine Fish of the Northeastern USA, Environmental Modeling and Assessment, vol 28 no. 6 (2023), pp. 1127-1137 [10.1007/s10666-023-09912-2] [abs].
  • Calder, RSD; Robinson, CS; Borsuk, ME, Total Social Costs and Benefits of Long-Distance Hydropower Transmission., Environmental science & technology, vol 56 no. 24 (2022), pp. 17510-17522 [10.1021/acs.est.2c06221] [abs].
  • Krapu, C; Borsuk, M, A Differentiable Hydrology Approach for Modeling With Time-Varying Parameters, Water Resources Research, vol 58 no. 9 (2022) [10.1029/2021WR031377] [abs].
  • Holt, JR; Smetzer, JR; Borsuk, ME; Laflower, D; Orwig, DA; Thompson, JR, Emerald ash borer intensifies harvest regimes on private land., Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America, vol 32 no. 2 (2022) [10.1002/eap.2508] [abs].