Vallentine Annexe (H22)
Level 1, Room VA139
Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Level 1: I apply mathematical techniques to study water resources engineering problems
Level 2: I develop hydrologic models for water resources assessment, planning, and management
Level 3: My research focuses on simplification and generalization in hydrologic modeling, especially using nonlinear dynamic and scaling theories.
Interest in engineering
Why did you get into engineering?
I was fascinated by engineering education, for its fundamental role in applying science to solve practical problems with enormous implications for nature and society.
What are your research goals?
My research goals are: (1) to advance our understanding of hydrologic systems and processes; (2) to improve our ability in water resources assessment, planning, and management; and (3) to identify effective ways for communicating water (and other) research to the wider community.
What do people not understand about you do?
My research mainly involves development and application of modern scientific concepts and methods to study hydrologic and water resources systems. Understanding these generally sophisticated concepts and methods can be a tremendous challenge, especially for someone new to engineering education and research. This is why improving communication of scientific and engineering research is one of my research goals.
Advice for prospective [civil and environmental] engineers
Civil and environmental engineers have a vital role to play in managing the health of our environment and advancing our society, especially through building sustainable infrastructure, better water planning, and more effective soil conservation.
Number currently in lab: 4
- A framework for quantifying and incorporating climate data uncertainty into water resources assessment
- Developing and projecting a new ecohydrologic aridity index for a nonstationary climate
- Catchment classification and its applications in environmental flow management
- Assessing the impact of climate change on water quality in lakes
Looking for students for projects related to:
Hydrologic modeling; Catchment classification framework; Climate change impacts on water resources; Water resources planning and management; Water scarcity, conflicts, and policy; Water education
Professional Organisations and Consulting positions
American Geophysical Union; European Geosciences Union; Asia-Oceania Geosciences Union; Modeling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand
Awards, Grants, Patents
Australian Research Council Future Fellowship; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship; Korea Science and Technology Societies’ Brainpool Fellowship; AGU Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing (Water Resources Research, Journal of Geophysical Research–Atmospheres)
Development of a generic catchment classification in hydrology (Australian Research Council)
National University of Singapore (1999)
Master of Engineering
Anna University, Madras, India (1994)
Bachelor of Engineering
Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India (1992)