Amy Rose

Amy N Rose

Senior Scientist

Amy Rose is a Senior Scientist in the Geospatial Science and Human Security Division. Her work is focused on geocomputational methods for the discovery and characterization of anthropogenic patterns and processes. This work includes at-scale modeling and mapping of the built environment and the functional and complex connections between humans and their physical, cultural, economic, cyber, and social landscapes. For many years, Dr. Rose led ORNL’s LandScan Population Distribution program, designing and developing data fusion algorithms for highly resolved global mapping of human population. An ardent advocate for technology transfer, she recently spearheaded the effort to transition the full archive and future releases of LandScan products to open data assets (

Dr. Rose was honored as Battelle Inventor of the Year in 2021 and received the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Excellence in Technology Transfer Award in 2019. She has co-authored American Nuclear Society (ANS) Standards pertaining to population and socioeconomic impacts related to nuclear facilities and co-authored LandCast: Locally Adaptive, Spatially Explicit Population Projections which was an R&D 100 Awards finalist in 2016. Dr. Rose is a senior member of the IEEE and is currently the Chair of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Population Specialty Group. She previously served as an ORNL Joint Faculty Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at The University of Tennessee and was also the Population and Land Use Lead for ORNL’s Urban Dynamics Institute.

Before joining ORNL, Dr. Rose was a GIS Project Manager at The Shaw Group, Inc. where she led a multidisciplinary team to design and develop a decision support system to facilitate the mission of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Defense Energy Support Center’s (DESC) Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization (SRM) program. Prior to that, Dr. Rose was part of the research staff at The University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research. There, she worked with organizations including the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to develop geospatial solutions for transportation-related issues.

Dr. Rose received her PhD in Geography from The University of Tennessee, and an MS in Geography with a graduate minor in Logistics and Transportation.