Scott Hawker

Scott Hawker

Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • Computational cyberinfrastructure for environmental modeling and decision support
  • Collaborative learning and knowledge management systems
  • Model-driven software development
  • Software engineering processes


Dr. Hawker is an Associate Professor of Software Engineering and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Environmental Computing and Decision Making at RIT. He has over 15 years of industry experience developing large-scale, multi-agent information and control systems for diverse applications including manufacturing, combat pilot decision support and mission management, robotics, and surveillance. In these areas, he developed and applied technologies including distributed, component-based software architectures, software and systems engineering process models, intelligent control, the semantic web, and real-time artificial intelligence. Since 1999, Dr. Hawker has been in academia, first at the University of Alabama then at RIT where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Software Engineering. His research is on computational cyberinfrastructure for environmental modeling and decision-making, learning and knowledge management systems, model-driven software development, and software process engineering. Dr. Hawker received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas), and a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA). Dr. Hawker is a member of the ASEE, IEEE, and IEEE Computer Society.

Recent Publications

  • Korfmacher, K.F., Hawker, J.S., Winebrake, J.J., “Analysis of Environmental and Infrastructure Impacts of Transportation Activities Associated with High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Operations in the Marcellus Shale Formation,” Record of the Transportation Research Board, November, 2014.
  • Mesh, E.S., Burns, G., Hawker, J.S., “Integrating Scientific and Software Engineering Expertise to Support Scientific Software Process Improvement Decisions,” Computing in Science and Engineering, v. 9, issue 3, 2014, pp. 28-34.
  • Hawker, J.S., “A Software Process Engineering Course,” Proceedings of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, TX, June 2009, Paper AC 2009-2001.
  • Stepp, M.D., Winebrake, J.J., Hawker, J.S., Skerlos, S.J., “Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Policies and the Transportation Sector: The Role of Feedback Effects on Policy Effectiveness,” Energy Policy, 37, 2009, pp.2774-2787.
  • Hawker, J.S.; Weber, I; Starenko, M.; Parry-Hill, J.; “Preliminary Experience of Using a Learning and Knowledge Management System for an SE-1 Course,” Proceedings of the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2008.
  • Winebrake, James J., James J. Corbett, Aaron Falzarano, J. Scott Hawker, Karl Korfmacher, Sai Ketha, and Steve Zilora, “Energy, Environmental, and Economic Tradeoffs in Freight Transportation Decision-Making,” Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, Volume 58, Number 8, August 2008.
  • Hawker, J.S.., Falzarano, A.. M,, Ketha, S. Korfmacher, K. Winebrake, J.J., Zilora, S.. “Intermodal Transportation Network Custom Evaluators for Environmental Policy Analysis” 2007 ESRI International User Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Falzarano, A., Hawker, J.S., Korfmacher, K., Winebrake, J.J., Zilora, S., Kettha, S.. “Development of an Intermodal Network for Freight Transportation Analysis” 2007 ESRI International User Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Hawker, J.S., “The Collaborative eNotebook: a Collaborative Learning and Knowledge Management Testbed,” Proceedings of the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, IL, June 18-21, 2006