Ph.D, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2009
B.Tech, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 2002
Dr. Mukesh Kumar is an associate professor of hydrology and water resources at The University of Alabama.
His research is geared towards improving the understanding and prediction of hydrologic processes, in order to better assess the impacts of variations and changes in climate and land use/land cover on water quantity and quality. To this end, he works on hypothesis testing through data analysis and application of physically-based models.
He has co-developed several open-source models and interfaces including PIHM (Pennstate Integrated Hydrologic Model), PIHMgis, FIHM, FoRM (Forest Radiation Model), BPT (Barrier Prioritization Tool) and SPAC (Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Continuum Model), many of which are being widely used in academia and government.
Kumar has personally directed more than $1.25 million of funded research, published more than 35 peer-reviewed research papers and delivered 28 invited talks. His research recognitions include NSF CAREER Award, UCOWR Ph.D. Dissertation Award (2nd Prize) and Outstanding Student Paper Award at AGU. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, he received the Mahatma Gandhi Award in 2018.
Kumar did his B.Tech from IIT Kanpur and doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining The University of Alabama, he was a faculty member at Duke University.