Dr. Moradkhani joined The University of Alabama in January 2018 as Alton N. Scott Endowed Chair in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering. Also, he is the founding director of the Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research comprising faculties and students across civil and environmental engineering, computer science, geography, mathematics, geology and business school. Prior to this appointment, he was a professor and director of Water Resources and Remote Sensing Lab in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Portland State University.
Moradkhani is a pioneer in developing methods in data assimilation, machine learning, uncertainty quantification, risk analysis and harnessing data revolution, used in earth system science, engineering and other disciplines. He is a registered professional engineer with significant experience in design, management and operation of large scale hydrosystems. His research has addressed the grand challenges faced by water resources managers, stakeholders and emergency managers as how to be sure there is enough water to meet demands and protect the livelihood and properties against extreme events as populations swell and weather patterns shift due to changing climate.
Moradkhani is an author or co-author of over 130 peer reviewed publications, and he has served on the editorial boards of several journals including Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Water, Remote Sensing, and Hydrologic Engineering.