Steven Wangen

Steven Wangen
330 North Orchard Street, Room 4242
Madison WI 53715
Joined WID: 2011

Develop software solutions to facilitate modeling and analysis of a diverse set of complex problems.


Outside Interests include Road cycling, particularly training and racing and winter sports, especially cross-country skiing


  • BS, Forest Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • MS, Forest Ecology and Management, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University
  • PhD, Invasive Ecology, Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University (NZ)

Research Description

Steve's work is primarily focused around translating research results into interactive web-based applications that automate complex modeling and data manipulation into an accessible format, facilitating the application of complex analyses by practitioners who's expertise lies less in the technical analytical realm, and lean more towards applied science and management. Typically this is composed of implementing complex optimization algorithms in a spatial context to meet specific resource management goals, whether they be maximizing farm production, or optimizing wildlife habitat improvement. These projects typically involve working with researchers to plan how to disseminate their research in this format, managing small teams of researchers and/or developers to complete the development and deployment of these applications, and contributing to the design and development of these applications.