Awards and Honors

1.Best Film – Community for “Cotton Fields from the Ivory Tower” at UW Makers Summit, 2017.

2.Nominee (out of 5 finalists) for University of Oklahoma International Water Prize, 2016.

3. ASCE EWRI Nominee for White House Summit-2016 on Sustainable Water, DC, 2016.

4. 8th Eco-Film Festival Short Documentary Selection-2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2015.

5. Walter L Huber Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2015.

6. American Meteorological Society Editor’s Award, American Meteorological Society, 2014.

7. Charles Falkenberg Award, American Geophysical Union, 2012.

8. Graduate Of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D) Award, University of Connecticut, 2012.

9. Caplenor Award (University’s Highest Award), Tennessee Technological University, 2012.

10. Fulbright Faculty Award, 2012-2013.

11. Outstanding Reviewer Award – Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2011.

12. National Education Excellence Award (to SASWE Research Group), National Association of Environmental Professionals, April, 2010.

13. Outstanding New Faculty Research Award, American Society of Engineering Education, Southeast Section, 2009.

14. ‘Top Performer’ ranking by NSF Alan T. Waterman Award Committee, (Among top 35% of all nation-wide nominees across all disciplines), 2009, 2010.

15. NASA New Investigator Award, 2008-2011.

16. Outstanding PhD Thesis Award, School of Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2005.

17. NASA Earth System Science Fellowship, USA, 2002-2005.

Media Outreach

46. [The ThirdPole] Satellites and SMS help Pakistan’s farmers with smart irrigation Click for ThirdPole feature

45. [Voice of America] Pakistani Farmers get Tips via Text Click for VoA feature

44. [SHOMOY TV] National TV coverage on Advanced Satellite-based flood forecasting Click for SHOMOY TV video clip

43. [AGU EOS] Growing More with Less using Satellites and Cellphones Click for EOS feature

42. [KING 5 TV] Satellite-Based Irrigation Advisory System Helps Pakistani Farmers Stay Above Water Click for KING 5 TV

41. [UW Today - Engineering] NASA Data used to Track Groundwater in Pakistan Click for feature

40. [Front page on JPL-Caltech] NASA Data used to Track Groundwater in Pakistan Click for feature

39. [Front page on NASA.GOV] NASA Data used to Track Groundwater in Pakistan Click for feature

38. Pakistan Water Resources Management Looking up Click for feature

37. Data for All: Using Satellite Data for Social Good – EOS Magazine Click for feature

36. Satellite Data Saving Lives – USAID Front Line Magazine Click for feature

35. UW Workshop aims to marry NASA data with earthly needs. Click for feature

34. WWW.NASA.GOV Feature on March 9 2015. Click for feature

33. Satellites hold secrets to remote rivers. Click for feature

32. New Op-Ed in IEEE Earthzine -”Science, science everywhere, nor any drop to drink: Three solutions to fix an outdated system” Click for the online feature. Click for pdf of the feature.

31. SERVIR designed flood forecasting system proving itself. Click for feature

30. A Two-way Street – International Water Power and Dam Construction Magazine, November 2012 Issue. Click for feature

29. Dam-Reliant City Infrastructure – Civil Engineering Magazine, December 2012 Issue. Click for feature

28. Building Our future – Global Change Vol. 78 (March 2012). Click for feature

27. How Dams kick up a storm – Huffington Post. Click for feature

26. TTU Professor presents research to Congress. Click here for details

25. Congressional Visit by Dr. Hossain on 5/26/11 to discuss changes required for dam operations by USBR, Corps and TVA in the coming decades for more resilience against climate and other threats- Natural Resources Committee – Water and Power Subcommittee.

24. SASWE-led research on impact of dams on local climate cited prominently in a congressional hearing of the Water and Power Subcommittee. Click here for news link

23. Earth Magazine, May 2011 Issue; Nature Magazine – March 2011 Issue: SASWE-led research on impact of dams featured on on local climate cited prominently.

22. Large dams can affect local climates, says new study., Feb 9, 2011, on CIRES-Colorado University Click here for details

21. Using Satellites to Track Water June 29, 2010 on Educator Profile on NASA.GOV, Click for link

20. Will this Dam Self-destruct? June, 2010 on Conservation Magazine, vol. 11(2) Click for link

19. TTU Professor selected for Groundbreaking Project May 20, 2010 on Herald-Citizen Click for link

18. NASA Blog Feature March 10, 2010 on “What on Earth” Click for link

17. Live BBC interview on the “Naked Scientist Show”. Click for podcast

16. National Geographic Feb 4, 2010, Dams Trigger Stronger Storms, Study Suggests

15. Newsweek Dec 29, 2009, The Lake Effect.

14. Radio Interview on DeutsclandFunk, Germany Dec 16, 2009, Interview by Dagmar Rohrlick

13. New Scientist Dec 16, 2009, Dams linked to More Extreme Weather.

12. WPTF Raleigh-North Carolina Live Radio, Dec 6, 2009. Morning Show with Scott Fitzgerald

11. Dec 3, 2009, Dams Could Alter Local Weather, Cause More Rain

10. Fox news Dec 3, 2009, Have Large Dams Altered Extreme Precipitation?

9. EOS (AGU) Dec 1, 2009, Have Large Dams Altered Extreme Precipitation?.(Media interviews with syndicated reporters from MSNBC, National Geographic, New Scientist, Fox News and

8. PBS-WCTE (Tennessee), Jan 17, 2007, TV Inteview for TTU Perspectives.

7. EOS (AGU), Front Page Feature, Jan 31, 2006. Improving Flood Forecasting in International River Basins.

6. EOS (AGU), News Feature, Jan 17, 2006. Studies Examine Bangladesh Arsenic Contamination Problem.

5. Herald-Citizen (Cookeville, Tennessee), Sunday Reader, Jan 8, 2006. TTU Professor seeks answers to Water-quality crisis.

4. Newswise, Dec 2, 2005. Researcher Urgently Working to Save Millions from Arsenic Poisoning.

3. Newswise , Sept 7, 2005, Space-borne Monitoring could Save Lives, Mitigate Dangers.

2. The Virginia Engineer , October, 2005, Monitoring Rainfall from Space.

1. The Strait Times , Singapore, March 12, 2003, Reaching for the Stars.

Recent Projects

TOTAL EXTERNAL RESEARCH FUNDING: 5.5 Million USD of Total Award from 2004 – 2016.

7.Building Lasting Capacity for Water Management in Vulnerable Deltas of Indochina NASA, $280,512 (subcontract from U Houston as Lead institution), 2016-2019. (ON-GOING)

6.SWOT SDT Preparations for Ground-Truthing, Discharge Product Development and Water Management Applications in Asian River Systems NASA, $428,437, 2016-2020. (ON-GOING)

5.Operational Flood Forecasting in Flood-prone River Deltas of the Developing World: Setting the Path forward for Current and Future Satellite Water Missions NASA, $90,000, 2016-2019. (ON-GOING)

4.Three USAID-supported PEER projects since 2014 (South Asian nations) totaling $380,000 exclusively for 3rd party research development and capacity building. (ON-GOING).

3.Satellite-based Flood Inundation Warning on Affordable Mobile Platforms to Empower Farmers USAID-DIV (Stage 1), $150,000, 2015-2017. (ON-GOING)

2.Towards Operational Water Resources Management in South Asia Exploiting Satellite Geodetic and Remote Sensing Technologies, NASA, 1.48 million, 2014-2018. (ON-GOING)

1.Improving Adaptation against Coastal Vulnerability and Enhancing Flood Forecasting Skill in Bangladesh through a Satellite Data Integrative Modeling Framework in a Changing Climate, NSF, (CLOSED)