Steven K. Peterson
Phone: (865) 574-4676
Fax: (865) 574-3431
PhD, Geography, University of Idaho (2008) .
MA, Economics, University of Texas at Arlington (2001).
BA, History, University of Texas at Arlington (1990).
Research Experience and Interests
Mr. Peterson began working at ORNL in late 2007 where he is part of the GIST team developing applications for the Transportation Routing Analysis Geographic Information System (TRAGIS) model and the associated Railroad Routing and Visualization Application (RRVA). Current and future research entails examining the network properties of the production and distribution system for biofuels products and their relationship to the U.S. transportation networks.
Mr. Peterson’s dissertation research involved an assessment of different models of economic geography with railroad network flows in a Bayesian framework using Markov random fields. His expertise includes networks, particularly the U.S. rail system, geographic information systems, and spatial analysis.
Prior to working at ORNL, Mr. Peterson worked for the Transportation Research Group at Washington State University. His research activities included modeling commodity flows via truck within Washington State and the impact of transportation infrastructure investment on employment and wages at the county level.