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Dr. Paul Houser is the Executive Director of the Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities and a Professor in the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Sciences at the College of Science.

Dr. Houser is an internationally recognized expert in hydrology and water resources, climate dynamics and prediction, community of practice development, decision support tool design, scientific integrity, and capacity building.

After developing an interest in hydrology at an early age, Dr. Houser spent more than a decade at the NASA-GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch and the Data Assimilation Office before joining George Mason University in 2005.

As Executive Director, Dr. Houser is particularly proud of C-RASC’s transdisciplinary and co-director structure, noting that the “various Departments complement the complex work we are doing.” Additionally, he points to the STAR-TIDES (Sharing To Accelerate Research – Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) network as being integral to C-RASC’s mission and impact.

Looking ahead, Dr. Houser is excited for the influence that drones can make in the battle to increase water and energy security, and reduce transportation costs. In regards to research, Dr. Houser is motivated to continue and expand the study of sustainable communities and their response to climate disasters.