CIS Seminar - PLANS (Planning Logistics Analysis Network)

CIS Seminar
3:00 PM, Wednesday February 18 2015
235 Weir Hall

PLANS (Planning Logistics Analysis Network)

Abstract: The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center is in the nascent stages of developing the online program, PLANS (Planning Logistics Analysis Network System).  PLANS will be used to analyze a set of early entry alternatives to optimize effectiveness and efficiencies adapting to environmental conditions such as weather, bathymetry, terrain, and sea state in support of JLOTS and the austere entry (A2AD) mission. The PLANS tool will allow for comparison of early entry alternatives for COA for force projection and generates low to high range fidelity predictions across different transportation modes and environmental effects.  Capabilities will include: perform what-if scenarios, highlight potential high-risk areas/points, calculate throughput estimates for land, air, and sea, and identify transportation bottlenecks and offer resolutions.

Bio: Dr. Amy E. W. Bednar is a research mathematician in the Computational Analysis Branch, Computational Science and Engineering Division, Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Vicksburg, Miss. Dr. Bednar began her career at ERDC in 2009. She performs numeric analysis and develops numeric models. She is currently the program manager for the Military Logistics online program, PLANS (Planning Logistics Analysis Network System).  The purpose of the tool is to develop a logistical route planning tool that generates low to high range fidelity predictions across different transportation modes and environmental effects. Dr. Bednar earned a bachelor’s in mathematics with an emphasis in applied mathematics and English from Spring Hill College in 2000. She received the President’s Scholar for Mathematics and the Edward Day Stewart Award in English. Dr. Bednar earned a master’s and doctorate in mathematics with an emphasis in topology from the University of Mississippi in May 2002 and December 2003, respectively. Before joining ITL, Dr. Bednar was a scientist at Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), for 6 years where she led the training group developing hands-on, classroom, and online training.  She also worked as a security risk specialist analyzing threats, potential impact and vulnerability for facilities, and aided in the development of numerous software tools, including an egress/ingress modeling tool. While at ARA she received a Technical Achievement Award and Business Development Award. As a charter member of the Vicksburg section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Dr. Bednar served as President and Vice-President, on the Council of Representatives, and as SWE counselor for the University of Mississippi. She also served as the national committee chair for the Environmental Scanning FIG, served on the national SWE Program Development Grant Committee, and was secretary of the SWE Gulf Coast Region.