Christopher Navarro

Christopher Navarro

Primary Affiliation: Equity, Justice, and Human Flourishing Working Group

Lead Research Programmer, National Center for Supercomputing Applications | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Skill Highlights

Software Development

Scientific Workflows

Software Design

High Performance Computing

Policy Expertise


Release of the Cover Crop Analyzer, a web-based decision support tool for a critical practice that reduces soil erosion and nutrient losses, as well as captures GHG
Release of Interdependent Networked Community Resilience Modeling Environment (IN-CORE) v1.0; a platform for community resilience modeling
Release of the Gardner-Farmdoc Payment Calculator; a web-based decision support tool to help farmers with federal farm program decisions



Christopher Navarro is a Lead Research Programmer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in the Software Directorate. His research interests focus on designing, developing and operating end-to-end cyber-environments supporting various research and education communities. He is also interested in cloud computing, scientific workflows, high performance computing, web applications and Eclipse Rich Client Platform development. Current representative projects include IN-CORE (Interdependent Networked Community Resilience Modeling Environment) for modeling community resilience to various natural hazards: Seismic Risk Assessment Systems, DataWolf: Scientific Workflow System, and Cover Crop: a Web-based decision support tool for cover crop adoption. Through those projects, he is collaborating with various scientific domains such as hazard management, hazard risk assessment, and environmental engineering.

2001 – B.S. (Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Federal Agricultural Policy

Web-based decision support for cover crops, crop insurance and farm programs

IN-CORE project at NCSA

Christopher Navarro co-leads the software development on the IN-CORE project at NCSA. Working with NIST researchers and partners from 12 universities led by Colorado State University, the Community Resilience Center of Excellence, awarded in February 2015, will accelerate the development of system-level models and associated databases to support community resilience decision making


Interdependent Networked Community Resilience Modeling Environment - The center's multi-disciplinary team includes experts in engineering, economics, data and computing, and social sciences. Research will support development of metrics and tools that will help local governments decide how to best invest resources intended to lessen the impact of hazards on buildings and infrastructure systems and how to recover rapidly and minimize community disruption

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2022 Plumer Visiting Professor, St. Anne's College, Oxford University
2022 Designated Fulbright Specialist on Civil Rights Complementarity and IHSS Distinguished Visiting Fellow by Queen Mary University, London, United Kingdom
2018 Named as one of the 150 for 150: Celebrating the Accomplishments of Women at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for its sesquicentennial celebration
2015 Honored at Signing of the Utah Compromise, receiving one of 16 signing pens in recognition of work with the Utah Legislature to enact its landmark LGBT nondiscrimination law, Senate Bill 296
2011 Louise A. Halper Diversity Award, Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Washington and Lee University School of Law
2007 Citizen's Legislative Award, presented by Delegate Robert Bell, Virginia House of Delegates, for work on Virginia's informed consent legislation
2020 Granted the Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair in Law at the University of Illinois College of Law
2020 Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for Advocacy for LGBTQ Affairs
Honored by the Utah State Legislature in 2022 for her sustained efforts on behalf of human rights, fairness for all, and a more civil society.
Top 10 Most-Cited Family Law Faculty in the US 2016 -2020.
Named a member of the 2021-2022 cohort of Public Voices Fellowship sponsored by the University of Illinois System