Faculty Profile

Dr. Julie Pullen

Building: Babbio
Room: 602
Phone: 201.216.8574
Fax: 201.216.5537
Email: [email protected]
School:  Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department:  Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering
Program:  Ocean Engineering
Research Center:  Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce

Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, Oregon State University, 2000

M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona, 1993

B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Macalester College, 1991



Philippines Straits Dynamics Experiment on the R/V Melville (22 January – 1 February 2008); designed ship sampling strategies using real-time ocean and atmosphere regional operational forecasts and assisted with CTD casts
 Chief Scientist: Arnold Gordon, Columbia University
Urban Dispersion Program (August 2005); implemented field plan for tracer release study in midtown Manhattan, including deploying assets on rooftops,  and incorporated real-time atmospheric forecasts into the planning.
Chief Scientist: Jerry Allwine, Pacific Northwest National Lab 


General Information

Dr. Julie Pullen is Director of the Stevens-led Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Center for Maritime Security (CSR). The Center develops and applies novel technologies for Maritime Domain Awareness and tools to enhance port resiliency for Customs and Border Protection and the Coast Guard. Her expertise is in coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling for understanding and forecasting the dynamics of coastal urban regions throughout the world. Specific research interests encompass the ocean response to atmospheric flows around island topography, as well as sea breeze interactions with city morphology during heat waves. Applications include predicting chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) dispersion in coastal cities in the event of a terrorist or accidental release.

While at the Naval Research Laboratory Dr. Pullen pioneered the two-way coupling of a high- resolution mesoscale atmosphere and ocean model (COAMPS) for realistic applications in the coastal zone and published several award-winning research articles detailing the superior forecasts of both realms that resulted from coupling the models. She was a principal investigator on a DHS grant to improve prediction of CBR dispersion in New York City by integrating multi-scale modeling of air, sea, and buildings. Additionally, Dr. Pullen was a member of the management team for the midtown Manhattan 2005 Urban Dispersion Program tracer release study, the largest of its kind in the U.S.

She is a member of the Board of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, and vice-chair of the policy committee. She was recently elected to the international GODAE Coastal Ocean and Shelf Seas Task Team and is a member of the 2014-2015 National Research Council committee “Developing a U.S. Research Agenda to Advance Subseasonal to Seasonal Forecasting” of the ocean and atmosphere. She has served on program committees for the Gordon Research Conference on Coastal Ocean Modeling, the International Waterside Security Conference, and as co-chair of the Ocean Sciences meeting. 

Institutional Service

NSF ADVANCE steering committee, 2013-

Honors & Awards

Marie Tharp Visiting Fellowship, Earth Institute, Columbia University, 2008-2009


Alan Berman Outstanding Research Publication Award (as lead author), Naval Research Laboratory, 2003 & 2007


Science Fellowship, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, 2002-2003



  • Member, National Research Council committee “Developing a U.S. Research Agenda to Advance Subseasonal to Seasonal Forecasting,” 2014-
  • Member, GODAE Coastal Ocean and Shelf Seas Task Team, 2014-
  • Member, Board, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (and co-chair Policy Committee), 2013-
  • Member, validation test panel 3 for transition of Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave Model to Navy operations, 2013
  • Member, New York City Panel on Climate Change, Health Working Group, 2013-
  • Member, Coastal zone chapter working group, Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network, 2013-
  • Member, Regional Catastrophic Planning Team, Regional Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) Plan Committee, 2011-2012
  • Member, program committee, Gordon Research Conference on Coastal Ocean Modeling, 2011
  • Member, program committee, 2nd International Waterside Security Conference, Italy, 2010
  • Co-chair, 2010 Ocean Sciences meeting committee, 2008-2010
  • Member, validation test panel for transition of Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Model to Navy operations, 2008-2010
  • Member, Committee on the Coastal Environment, American Meteorological Society, 2007-2010
  • Chair, Committee on the Coastal Environment, American Meteorological Society, 2005-2007
  • Co-chair, 7th Conference on Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes (joint with the 7th Symposium on the Urban Environment), 2006-2007
  • Member, Scientific Steering Committee, Philippines Straits Dynamics Experiment, 2007-2010
  • Member, program committee, Gordon Research Conference on Coastal Ocean Modeling, 2007
  • Member, management team for the Department of Homeland Security Urban Dispersion Program tracer release field experiment in midtown Manhattan, August 2005
  • Member, external evaluation committee for Top Officials 2 Full Scale Exercise (TOPOFF-2 simulated radiological and biological releases in Chicago and Seattle to test federal, state and local agency preparedness).


Advisor, graduate student Talmor Meir, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2009-

Member, Ph.D. committee for graduate student Antonio Martinho, oceanography department, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, 2001-2003

Grants, Contracts & Funds

  • OE 533 Nuclear Terrorism and Security
  • OE 591 Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology
  • OE 688 Coastal Ocean Dynamics I