Bio for Dr. Julie Pullen

Dr. Julie Pullen is an associate professor in Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology.  Her expertise is in coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling for understanding and forecasting the dynamics of coastal urban regions throughout the world. Specific research interests encompass the ocean response to atmospheric flows around island topography, as well as sea breeze interactions with city morphology during heat waves. Applications include predicting chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) dispersion in coastal cities in the event of a terrorist or accidental release.

While a scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory Dr. Pullen pioneered the two-way coupling of a high-resolution mesoscale atmosphere and ocean model (COAMPS) for realistic applications in the coastal zone and published several award-winning research articles detailing the superior forecasts of both realms that resulted from coupling the models. She was the Director of the DHS Center of Excellence for Maritime Security at Stevens, and was a principal investigator on a DHS grant to improve prediction of CBRN dispersion in New York City by integrating multi-scale modeling of air, sea, and buildings. Additionally, Dr. Pullen was a member of the management team for the midtown Manhattan 2005 Urban Dispersion Program tracer release study, the largest of its kind in the U.S. 

Dr. Pullen was recently elected to be the Physical Oceanography councilor for the governing body of The Oceanography Society.  She is a member of the Board of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (a civic group representing over 900 organizations with a stake in the NY/NJ waterfront), and vice-chair of the policy committee. She serves on the international GODAE Coastal Ocean and Shelf Seas Task Team and is a member of the 2014-2016 National Research Council committee "Developing a U.S. Research Agenda to Advance Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Forecasting" of the ocean and atmosphere. She has served on program committees for the Gordon Research Conference on Coastal Ocean Modeling, the International Waterside Security Conference, and as co-chair of the Maritime Risk Symposium (2015) and Ocean Sciences meeting (2010).  She is a chapter co-author of the 2015 New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC2) report.

With support from the Carnegie Corporation she has developed Nuclear Issues Education initiatives, including a workshop and a graduate course on Nuclear Security and Terrorism that she co-taught in fall 2014.  She also serves on the advisory board of the Federation of American Scientists.

Dr. Pullen is an adjunct research scientist and past Marie Tharp visiting fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.  She was previously a science fellow at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation. She received a B.A. from Macalester College, majoring in physics and math, and was the first undergraduate intern at the Santa Fe Institute.  She then completed a master’s degree in applied mathematics at the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in physical oceanography at Oregon State University. 

Julie is married to Dan Kohn, a tech entrepreneur, and they live in Manhattan with their sons, Adam and Ellis.

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