Dr. Link is a research professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Maryland. He holds a BS degree in Geological Engineering from N. C. State University, an M. S. in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Penn State University. Dr. Link’s principal area of work is in water resources management and natural disaster mitigation. He has published numerous papers on water resources related remote sensing and water policy and natural hazard mitigation. He was the recipient of the McGraw Hill Engineering News Record Award of Excellence in 2006 for leading the forensic analysis of hurricane Katrina.