Rajagopalan Balaji
Professor • Interim Associate Chair for Administration
Hydrology, Water Resources & Environmental Fluid Mechanics • Civil Systems

Office: ECOT 444


  • B.Tech. in Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India, 1989
  • M.Tech. in Operations Research and Reliability, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, India, 1991
  • Ph.D. in Stochastic Hydrology and Water Resources, Utah State University, Logan, UT, 1995

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Associate Editor, Geophysical Research Letters, Aug 2004–
  • Associate Editor, ASCE, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Aug 2004–
  • Young Researcher Award, Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2003
  • Invited to participate in the 15 th Annual Beckman Frontiers of Science Symposium, National Academy of Sciences, Irvine, CA, Nov 6–8, 2003.
  • Nominated for the Lorenz G. Straub award for the most meritorious thesis in hydraulics and hydrology and (finished in the top three), 1996
  • Honorable mention, Award for the Outstanding Water Resources Dissertation in the field of Engineering and Physical Sciences, The Universities Council on Water Resources, 1996
  • Distinguished Utah State University Dissertation in Engineering, for the period, 1993–1995
  • Utah State University\’s nomination for the Council of Graduate School\’s Distinguished Dissertation Award, 1995
  • Best Student Paper award, at the student paper contests conducted by American Water Resources Association, Utah chapter during 1992 and 1993
  • Govt. of India Scholarship, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, India, 1989–1991
  • National Merit Scholarship, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India, 1985–1989

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Geophysical Union


  • Stochastic Hydrology and Hydroclimatology
  • Nonparametric functional estimation techniques (probability density
  • Functions, regression, scenarios generation, forecasting)
  • Understanding low frequency climate variability and its signatures on regional hydrology
  • Incorporating climate information in water resources/hydrologic decision making
  • Understanding spatio-temporal variability in Indian summer monsoon
  • Nonlinear Dynamics—recovering dynamics from data
  • Bayesian techniques for optimal combination of information from
  • multiple sources and decision making