Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm was named director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI). JGCRI is jointly supported by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Maryland (UMD).
Miralles-Wilhelm is a trained hydrologist and water resources engineer with three decades of experience. His work spans hydrologic science, water resources management, hydroclimatology, ecosystems, modeling of physical and biochemical phenomena in water systems, and remote sensing of hydrologic processes and applications.
Currently the dean of George Mason University’s College of Science, Miralles-Wilhelm has held faculty appointments at Northeastern University, the University of Miami, Florida International University, and UMD. In his decade at UMD, he led a project located in the JGCRI offices and worked as a PNNL joint appointee.
Miralles-Wilhelm has closely collaborated with JGCRI researchers on projects evaluating the financial impacts of climate change for the World Bank. He has used the Global Change Analysis Model at both global and regional scales to better understand the interactions between climate, water resources, energy, and the economy.
Miralles-Wilhelm has served on the faculty at Northeastern University, the University of Miami, Florida International University, and the University of Maryland. He also spent 5 years as a civil servant at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. Miralles-Wilhelm earned a mechanical engineering diploma from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, an MS in engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Miralles-Wilhelm is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Massachusetts and Florida.