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Ed Hill

Edward H. Hill III
19 Mystic Ave
Lynn, MA   01904-2416

Research Interests

  • Electromagnetic propagation (radio, micro, X-ray, gamma, and visible) techniques for non-destructive measurement
  • Grid generation and applied computational geometry
  • Fluid flow and transport processes in the environment
  • Software development for simulation, inverse problems, and data acquisition


Lead Research Engineer   (August 2006 -- Present)
BAE Systems AIT
6 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803
  • Design and implementation of ray/beam tracing techniques for electromagnetic propagation simulations.
  • Grid and model generation for physical simulations.
  • Optimization and inverse problems.
  • Parallel and distributed computing (MPI, threads, OpenMP), job scheduling, and messaging (JMS, AMQP) for HPC problems.
  • C++, C, bash, perl, python, build/test systems, octave/matlab, and Fortran.
  • Specification, assembly, tuning, and maintenance/troubleshooting of Linux ("beowulf") clusters.

Post-Doctoral Researcher   (June 2003 -- August 2006)
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
MIT, Room 54-1424, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Participant in the following projects:
  • MITgcm: Software developer for the MIT General Circulation Model, a fluid flow and mass and energy transport simulator designed for study of the atmosphere, ocean, and climate.
  • ACES: The Alliance for Computational Earth Science focuses on developing and deploying advanced computational technologies to address challenging problems of Earth science.
  • CMI: A new generation of climate model based upon MITgcm.
  • GFD Laboratory: Developing light attenuation processes for the measurement of chemical transport.

Post-Doctoral Researcher   (June 2001 -- June 2003)
Center for Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401
Designed, assembled, and wrote all the data acquisition and analysis software for a custom X-ray attenuation device (tomograph) used primarily to measure the rate of DNAPL dissolution within experimental flow cells. Contributed (mostly through experimental design and authoring software for data acquisition and analysis) to numerous multi-phase flow and mass transport experiments.


Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, UNC, Chapel Hill, 2001
Research adviser: Prof. Cass T. Miller
Dissertation Title: An Investigation of Enhanced Remediation Techniques for the Cleanup of Subsurface DNAPL Spills

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut at Storrs, 1994.
Master's Thesis: Sensitivity of Optimal Pumping Strategies to Aquifer Heterogeneity
Research adviser: Prof. David P. Ahlfeld

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Connecticut, 1992
Honors Thesis: Laboratory Investigation of Air Sparging


E. Lavely, Y. Zhang, E. Hill III, Y. Lai, P. Weichman, and A. Chapman: "Theoretical and Experimental Study of Through-Wall Microwave Tomography Inverse Problems", Invited Paper, Special Issue on Radar Imaging, to be published by the Journal of the Franklin Institute, doi:10.1016/j.jfranklin.2008.01.006

E.H. Hill III, D. Enderton, P. Heimbach and C. Hill, 2007: SPGrid: A numerical grid generation program for domain decomposed geophysical fluid dynamics models. Mon. Weather Rev., submitted.

In Hydrogeophysics, Eds. Y. Rubin and S. Hubbard: "Chapter 16: Hydrogeophysical Case Studies at the Lab Scale", T. Ferre, A. Binley, J. Geller, E. H. Hill III, and T. Illangasekare, Springer Verlag, ISBN: 1-4020-3101-7, 2005.

E.H. Hill III, and C.T. Miller. Evaluation of Path-Length Estimators for Characterizing Multiphase Systems Using Polyenergetic X-ray Absorption.Soil Science 167(11):703-719, 2002.

E.H. Hill III, M. Moutier, J. Alfaro, and C. T. Miller; Remediation of DNAPL Pools Using Dense Brine Barrier Strategies, Environmental Science and Technology, 35(14), 3031-3039, 2001.

C.T. Miller, E.H. Hill III and M. Moutier, Remediation of DNAPL-Contaminated Subsurface Systems Using Density-Motivated Mobilization, Environmental Science and Technology, 34(4), 719-724, 2000.

D.P. Ahlfeld and E.H. Hill III, The Sensitivity of Remedial Strategies to Design Criteria, Ground Water, 32(2), 1996.

W. Ji, D.P. Ahlfeld, J.D. Lin, A. Dahmani, and E.H. Hill III, Laboratory Investigation of Air Sparging, Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation, 13(4), 1993.

D.P. Ahlfeld, E.H. Hill III and J. Dombeck, VCON: A Program for Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport Simulation Combined with Optimal Remedial Design User's Manual, Tech. Report ERI 94-03, University of Connecticut, Environmental Research Institute, 1994.


B. Wilking, D. Rodriguez, E.H. Hill III, T. Illangasekare. An Investigation of the Downstream Effects of DNAPL Source Zone Remediation. Hydrology Days, Colorado State University. April 2003.

E. Moreno-Barbero, E.H. Hill III, and T.H. Illangasekare. Influence of pool morphology on the performance of PITT. Hydrology Days, Colorado State University. April, 2003.

E.H. Hill III and C.T. Miller. Polyenergetic X-ray absorptiometry for porous media fluid mechanics. American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, volume 81(19) of EOS Transactions. American Geophysical Union, 2000.

E.H. Hill III, M. Moutier, and C.T. Miller. Remediation of DNAPL-contaminated subsurface systems using density-controlled mobilization. In American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, volume 81(19) of EOS Transactions. American Geophysical Union, 2000.

C.T. Miller, E.H. Hill III, and J.F. McBride. Development and application of X-ray methods to investigate multiphase flow and transport phenomena. In American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, volume 78 of EOS Transactions, page F273, Baltimore, MD, 1997.

P.T. Imhoff, E.H. Hill III, S.N. Gleyzer, J.F. McBride, and C.T. Miller. Cosolvent enhanced remediation of residual DNAPLs in one- and two-dimensional systems. In 1995 Theis Conference, 1995.

P.T. Imhoff, E.H. Hill III, S.N. Gleyzer, J.F. McBride, and C.T. Miller. Enhanced remediation of a DNAPL spill in a two-dimensional, heterogeneous porous medium. In EOS Transactions, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, volume 76(46), page F257, 1995.

Recreational Interests

Fedora Project package maintainer.

Cycling, hiking, kayaking, and fly fishing.