Dr. Soroosh Sorooshian is the Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing (CHRS) and Distinguished Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science Departments at University of California, Irvine. Prior to 2003 he was a faculty at the University of Arizona for 20 years. His area of expertise and the research focuses of his team include hydrometeorology, water resources systems, hydropower, optimization, climate studies and application of remote sensing to earth science problems with special focus on the hydrologic cycle and water resources issues of arid and semi-arid zones. He also consults on problems related to reservoir system decision making, surface hydrology and urban flooding.
He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE); Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and serves as a Member-at-Large, Section on Atmospheric & Hydrospheric Sciences; Fellow, American Geophysical Union (AGU) and serves as a member of the Board of Directors; Fellow, American Meteorological Society (AMS); Fellow, International Water Resources Association (IWRA); Member, Joint Scientific Committee, (JSC) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP); Past Chair, Science Steering Group (SSG) of Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP); U.S. Member of the Hydrology Commission for WMO; Emeritus member of UCAR Board of Trustees and NOAA Science Advisory Board; Past-President of AGU’s Hydrology Section; member of five editorial boards and former editor of AGU’s Water Resources Research. He has served on numerous advisory committees, including those of NASA, NOAA, DOE, USDA, NSF, EPA, and UNESCO. Current member of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Space Study Board (SSB) and past member of the Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB). He has testified to both Senate and House sub-committees on earth observations from space and water resources issues.
Among his recent honors are: Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Einstein Professorship, 2014; AGU Robert E. Horton Medalist, 2013; UCLA CEE Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award 2013; Eagleson lectureship, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI), 2012; Recipient of the 4th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water Resources Management & Protection in 2010, Recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2005, Recipient of Robert E. Horton Memorial Lectureship, American Meteorological Society, 2006 and the William Nordberg Memorial Lecture at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2004. In 2007 UNESCO awarded the Great Man-made River Water Prize to the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) and the University of AZ Center for the Sustainability of semi-Arid Hydrologic and Riparian Areas (SAHRA). Professor Sorooshian was the founding director for both centers. Professor Sorooshian was named the Walter Orr Roberts Lecturer, American Meteorological Society, 2009 for “For bridging the interdisciplinary gap between hydrology, meteorology, and remote sensing”. He was also the recipient of the Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) Distinguished Engineering Educator Award (2009); the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Orange County Branch 2007-2008 Distinguished Engineering Educator award and was twice selected as the “Outstanding Professor in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering” by the UCI classes of 2009 and 2011. In 2010, Professor Sorooshian was named an honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University, China and Associate Fellow TWAS, The Academy of Sciences for developing countries.
Dr. Sorooshian received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University. He received a M.S., an Engineer Degree, and a Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles, focusing on Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Engineering, respectively.