Message from Director Jeff Wright

CITRIS@UCMerced continues its ground-breaking research driven by the goal of bringing computational innovation to bear to societal problems. Recent breakthroughs include improved technologies and methodologies for forecasting solar resources; new sensors for environmental monitoring and assessment; intelligent autonomous systems to assist humans in difficulty situations such as first-response rescue operations; enhanced energy management and controls in buildings; expanded capabilities for monitoring our nations water resources; improved technologies supporting SmartGRID development; and much more.

Technologies that will serve the people and commercial enterprise of California…

Jeff Wright
Director: CITRIS@UCMerced


JEFF R. WRIGHT is Director of the University of California Institute Computer and Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) for the Merced campus. Prior to that he served as the founding Dean of Engineering at the University of California, Merced (2001 – 2010). Before joining the faculty of the University of California he served, or the period of 20 years, as Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Civil Engineering, and Director of the Indiana Water Resources Research Center, at Purdue University. Professor Wright holds undergraduate degrees in social psychology and in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, an MSE in Environmental Engineering also from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University through the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.

Professor Wright is a noted authority on the design and implementation of decision support systems for public-sector engineering planning and management, particularly spatial analysis and distributed decision support modeling for natural resources, energy planning and management and environmental engineering. Dr. Wright served on the Action Forum on Diversity of the National Academy of Engineering, and was founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Journal of Infrastructure Systems. He is co-author of a leading textbook entitled Civil and Environmental Systems Engineering (Prentice Hall).