Published: Dec. 13, 2023 By

Rajagopalan Balaji with mountain in the backgroundRajagopalan Balaji, a professor of civil engineering and fellow of the Cooperative Institute of Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been named a fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Direction. This prestigious recognition, awarded to only three percent of ASCE members, is "for celebrated contributions and developing creative solutions that change lives around the world." 

Balaji’s specialization is hydroclimate variability and impacts on socio-economic infrastructure using statistical learning methods. His research is interdisciplinary, which focuses on understanding the drivers of year-to-year and multidecadal variability of regional hydrology (i.e., precipitation, streamflow, etc.), developing ensemble forecasting and coupling them to decision support systems for water resources management, drinking water quality, wastewater treatment resiliency, building systems energy, construction delay management due to weather and climate and agriculture management. 

A faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder since 2000, Balaji also served as the chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering from 2014 to 2022. Prior to joining the university, he was on the research faculty at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in New York from 1995 to 2000.

Civil Engineering Source article 11.16.23