Downey Brill


  • 919-515-2352
  • Mann Hall 208


Ph.D. 1972

Environmental Engineering

Johns Hopkins University

B.S. 1969

Civil Engineering

Cornell University

Research Description

Prof Brill is interested in environmental systems analysis, modeling, optimization.


Successive linear approximation methods for leak detection in water distribution systems
Berglund, A., Areti, V. S., Brill, D., & Mahinthakumar, G. (2017), Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 143(8).
Parallel evolutionary algorithm for designing water distribution networks to minimize background leakage
Shafiee, M. E., Berglund, A., Berglund, E. Z., Brill, E. D., & Mahinthakumar, G. (2016), Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 142(5).
A framework for incorporating ecological releases in single reservoir operation
Wang, H., Brill, E. D., Ranjithan, R. S., & Sankarasubramanian, A. (2015), Advances in Water Resources, 78, 9–21.
Improved regional water management utilizing climate forecasts: An interbasin transfer model with a risk management framework
Li, W. H., Sankarasubramanian, A., Ranjithan, R. S., & Brill, E. D. (2014), Water Resources Research, 50(8), 6810–6827.
battle of the Water Networks II
Marchi, A., Salomons, E., Ostfeld, A., Kapelan, Z., Simpson, A. R., Zecchin, A. C., … Paez, D. (2014), Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 140(7).
Contaminant source characterization in water distribution systems using binary signals
Kumar, J., Brill, E. D., Mahinthakumar, G., & Ranjithan, S. R. (2012), Journal of Hydroinformatics, 14(3), 585–602.
Simulation-optimization framework to support sustainable watershed development by mimicking the predevelopment flow regime
Reichold, L., Zechman, E. M., Brill, E. D., & Holmes, H. (2010), Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 136(3), 366–375.
Closure to "Optimal design of redundant water distribution networks using a cluster of workstations" by Sujay V. Kumar, Troy A. Doby, John W. Baugh Jr., E. Downey Brill, and S. Ranji Ranjithan
Kumar, S. V., Doby, T. A., Baugh, J. W., Brill, E. D., & Ranjithan, S. R. (2007), Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 133(6), 580–581.
An adaptive cyberinfrastructure for threat management in urban water distribution systems
Mahinthakumar, K., Von Laszewski, G., Ranjithan, R., Brill, D., Uber, J., Harrison, K., … Zechman, E. (2006), Computational Science - ICCS 2006, Pt. 3, Proceedings, 3993, 401–408.
Conjunctive use of models to design cost-effective ozone control strategies
Fu, J. S., Brill, E. D., & Ranjithan, S. R. (2006), Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 56(6), 800–809.

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PFI-TT: Real Time Leakage Detection and Pressure Management in Water Distribution Systems Using Routine Pressure Measurement
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/01/19 - 7/31/21)
Water Distribution Modeling Experiments with the Cary Network
Sensus USA, Inc.(10/01/14 - 7/31/16)
Southeastern Transportation Research Innovation, Development and Education (STRIDE)
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(1/01/12 - 6/30/17)
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/11 - 7/31/16)
Engineering for Resilient Civil Infrastructure Systems: A Graduate Research Fellowship Program
US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)(9/30/09 - 9/30/13)
Engineering the Civil Infrastructure For Enhanced Resiliance of the Built and Natural Environments
US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)(7/01/08 - 6/30/15)
DDDAS-TMRP (Collaborative Research): An Adaptive Cyberinfrastructure for Threat Management in Urban Water Distribution Systems
National Science Foundation (NSF)(11/30/-1 - 12/31/09)
Modeling and Optimization of Civil Engineering Infrastructure
Blue Ridge Analytics, Inc.(12/01/04 - 4/30/06)