Research Group Bio - Edwin Herricks
3230b Newmark Laboratory, MC-250
205 N. Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Edwin E. Herricks joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1975. He received a BA in Zoology and English from the University of Kansas in 1968, an M.S. in Sanitary/Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1970, and a Ph.D. in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1973. He was a research and field biologist with Union Carbide Corporation from 1973-75. He is presently a Professor of Environmental Biology in the Environmental Engineering and Science Program and holds affiliate appointments in the Departments of Animal Biology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (College of Agriculture, Community, and Environmental Sciences) and the Environmental Council.
Professor Herricks' career spans over 40 years with industrial and academic accomplishments, a long record of consulting projects, and national and international leadership in environmental assessment and monitoring. Dr. Herricks has been a member of the faculty of the University of Illinois, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1975 where his focus has been on the analysis and interpretation of the effects of humans on the environment, and the use of quantitative methods in environmental decision making. Since 1999 he has developed a particular expertise in the assessment of safety technologies at airports. He has led an airport safety program in a FAA center of excellence at the University of Illinois. The long-term focus of his research, and professional activities, is improvement of engineering design to sustain ecosystems and more effective decision making combining engineering and ecological principles. In the airport safety area Herricks has paid particular attention to the integration of technological advances in airport safety management systems with airport operations. Specific interests in airport safety and operations include: 1) development of performance assessment procedures for technologies operating in airport environments, 2) deployment and assessment of avian radars systems and the testing of radar, and other, sensors to determine applicability to wildlife management at airports, 3) the deployment and assessment of foreign object debris (FOD detection systems, and FOD management equipment, in airport settings. 4) the deployment and testing of low cost surveillance systems to address safety issues associated with the non-movement area of airport where uncooperative targets create safety hazards, 5) the development of new sensors and sensor systems to address safety needs on and off airports, 6) systems analysis of human and natural systems interactions, including a focus on transportation infrastructure such as storm water facilities and airport landscape systems, and 7) and development of engineering design approaches that minimize environmental and ecological impact while meeting environmental regulations. Herricks is the author of multiple reports and technology notes published by the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ along with over 150 publications in engineering and ecological applications. Herricks was also a principal contributor and contributed to the drafting of three advisory circulars: AC 150/5220-24 “Airport Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Detection Equipment (09/30/2009), AC 150/5210-24 “Airport Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Management (9/30/2010), and AC 150/5220-25 “Airport Avian Radar Systems” ( 11/23/10) . Herricks continues to lead the Airport Safety Management Program in the University of Illinois Center of Excellence for Airport Technology (CEAT). He continues to advise airports and government on safety technologies, and he provides consulting services related to transportation and the environment.