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Praveen Kumar

  • Colonel Harry F. and Frankie M. Lovell Endowed Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Executive Director, Prairie Research Institute
  • Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Address and Contact Information

Civil and Environmental Engine
205 North Mathews Av 2527B HSL
205 N Mathews
M/C 250
Urbana, IL 61801

Education

  • University of Minnesota Ph.D. Civil Engineering 1993
  • Iowa State University M.S. Civil Engineering 1989
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India B. Tech. Civil Engineering 1987

Biography

Professor Praveen Kumar holds a B.Tech. (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India 1987), M.S. (Iowa State University 1989), and Ph.D. (University of Minnesota 1993), all in civil engineering. Kumar joined as a faculty at Univ. of Illinois in 1995 where he has been since. Prior to joining University of Illinois, he was a research scientist (January 1993 to July 1995) at the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and Hydrologic Sciences Branch, NASA- Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA.Dr. His research deals with Hydrocomplexity, the quantitative understanding and prediction of emergent patterns of form and function that arise from complex non-linear multi-scale interactions between soil, water, climate, vegetation and human systems; and how this understanding can be used for innovative solutions to water and sustainability challenges. He has made extensive, deep and signature contributions pertaining to Critical Zone science for intensively managed landscapes, biosphere-hydrosphere interactions, multi-scale variability of hydrologic processes, hydro-geomorphology, hydroinformatics, and information theory in geosciences. His research has been funded by federal agencies such as NSF, NASA, and NOAA.

Academic Positions

  • Executive Director, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, 2022-present
  • Colonel Harry F. and Frankie M. Lovell Endowed Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Illinois, 2011-present
  • Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Illinois, 2006-Present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Illinois, 2001-2006
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Illinois, 1995-2001
  • Affiliate Faculty, Computational Science & Engineering Program, Univ. of Illinois, 1995-Present
  • Affiliate Res. Scientist, Institute for Advanced Computation & Tech., Univ. of Illinois, 2008-2014
  • Affiliate Faculty, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Univ. of Illinois, 2015-Present

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Other Professional Employment

  • 2020-present: Director, NSF CINet: Critical Interface Network for Intensively managed Landscapes
  • 2013-present: Director, NSF Critical Zone Observatory for Intensively Managed Landscapes (IML-CZO)

Research Statement

Dr. Kumar’s research deals with Hydrocomplexity, the quantitative understanding and prediction of emergent patterns of form and function that arise from complex non-linear multi-scale interactions between soil, water, climate, vegetation and human systems; and how this understanding can be used for innovative solutions to water and sustainability challenges. His research has been funded by federal agencies such as NSF, NASA, and NOAA. He presently serves as the Director of the Critical Zone Observatory for Intensively Managed Landscapes. He is also the lead on NSF supported EarthCube project on Geo-Semantics, and a co-lead on NSF supported SEAD and Brown Dog projects for the development of cyber-infrastructure for structured and unstructured long-tail data and models.

Research Interests

  • Machine learning, Data mining, AI
  • Information Theory
  • Ecohydrology
  • Hydroclimatology
  • Critical zone science
  • Innovative solutions to water and sustainability challenges
  • Hydrocomplexity, the quantitative understanding and prediction of emergent patterns of form and function that arise from complex non-linear multi-scale interactions between soil, water, climate, vegetation and human systems

Research Areas

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

  • Kumar, P., J. Alameda, P. Bajscy, M. Folk and M. Markus, Hydroinformatics: Data Integrative Methods in Computation, Analysis and Modeling, Authored Handbook, CRC Press, 534 pp., 2005.

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

  • Sivapalan, M., T.Wagner, S. Uhlenbrook, X. Liang, V. Lakshmi, P. Kumar, E. Zehe, and Y. Tachikawa, eds., Predictions in Ungauged Basins: Promise and Progress, IAHS Pub. 303, UK, 2006.
  • Foufoula-Georgiou, E. and P. Kumar, editors, Wavelets in Geophysics, Academic Press, 373 pp., 1994.

Chapters in Books

  • Saco, P. and P. Kumar, “Hydrologic Dispersion in Fluvial Networks,” in “River Confluences, Tributaries and the Fluvial Network” Edited by Stephen P. Rice, Andr´e G. Roy and Bruce L. Rhoads, 2008
  • Amanda, A.B. and P. Kumar, “Statistical Data Mining,” in Hydroinformatics: Data Integrative Methods in Computation, Analysis and Modeling, by Kumar et al., 2005.
  • Ruddell, B.L. and P. Kumar, “Modelshed Data Model,” in Hydroinformatics: Data Integrative Methods in Computation, Analysis and Modeling, by Kumar et al., 2005.
  • Ruddell, B.L. and P. Kumar, “Hydrologic Data Models”, in Hydroinformatics: Data Integrative Methods in Computation, Analysis and Modeling, by Kumar et al., 2005.
  • Ruddell, B.L. and P. Kumar, “Unified Modeling Language,” in Hydroinformatics: Data Integrative Methods in Computation, Analysis and Modeling, by Kumar et al., 2005.
  • Kumar, P., “Multiple Scale Conditional Simulation,” Scaling Methods in Soil Physics, edited by Pachepsky, Selim and Pachepsky, 179 192, 2003.
  • Kumar, P. and E. Foufoula-Georgiou, “A Multicomponent Self-Similar Characterization of Rainfall Fluctuations,” in Environmental Studies, edited by Mary Wheeler, Springer-Verlag, New York, 239-254, 1996.
  • Kumar, P. and E. Foufoula-Georgiou, “Wavelet Analysis in Geophysics: An Introduction,” in Wavelets in Geophysics, edited by E. Foufoula-Georgiou and P. Kumar, 1-43, 1994.

Selected Articles in Journals

Journal Editorships

  • Field Editor-in-Chief (Founding), Frontiers in Water , Leading a team of growing number of Section Editor-in-Chiefs  (9) and Associate Editors (143) for a new international journal 2018–present
  • Editor-in-Chief Water Resources Research, American Geophysical Union 2009-2013
  • Editor, Geophysical Research Letters, American Geophysical Union 2006-2009
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers 2003-2004

Professional Societies

  • American Meteorological Society(AMS) Member, 1996-present
  • American Geophysical Union(AGU) Member, 1990-present
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Member, 1996-present;

Other Outside Service

  • Journal Referee: Water Resources Research; Journal of Applied Meteorology; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society; Biometrika; Journal of Geophysical Research; Journal of Stochastic Hydrology and Hydraulics; ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering; Journal of Hydrometeorology; Journal of Climate; Advances in Water Resources; Hydrologic Processes
  • Grant Proposal Panel; National Science Foundation; National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer National Aeronautics and Space Administration; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; National Science Foundation
  • Board member, Champaign Urbana Montessori Elementary School, 2000 2002, Vice President, 2001 2002.

Honors

  • Chief Guest (2020)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (2018)
  • Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman (Non-Resident Honor) Award (2018)
  • Harleman Leture (2017)
  • Wolman Lecture (2016)
  • Fellow (2018)
  • Fellow (2015)
  • Engineering Council Award (2013)
  • Associate (2011-2012)
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2005)
  • Faculty Fellow (2001, 2002, 2006-2007)
  • NASA New Young Investigator Award (1996)
  • Award for Promise and Potential of a Young Scientist, (1993)

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