Science Stalwart Ganguly Now Fellow


Auroop Ratan Ganguly, Ph.D., F.ASCE, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Ganguly has 20+ years of professional experience spanning academia, government, and private sector in the U.S. He also has affiliate professor positions in Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Science, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and the Global Resilience Institute. Besides directing the university’s Sustainability and Data Sciences Laboratory, Ganguly is the cofounder and chief scientific adviser of the NSF-funded Cambridge, MA–based startup risQ, which is focused on managing urban financial risk under climate change. He is a visiting international professor of computer science and environmental engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

He has developed fundamental yet policy-relevant scientific insights and engineering principles on climate adaptation and resilient engineering, especially for critical lifelines, water resources, and urban coastal sustainability, with physics-guided data science methods drawn from nonlinear dynamics and artificial intelligence. He has generated fundamental process understanding on weather and hydrologic extremes under climate change; produced innovative engineering principles for managing critical infrastructures, natural resources, and urban or regional lifelines; and developed novel methods in machine learning, nonlinear dynamics, network science, and physics-blended data sciences.

Ganguly has published in interdisciplinary (e.g., Nature, PNAS, Nature Climate Change, Nature’s Scientific Reports, PLOS One) and disciplinary journals in diverse areas of engineering (water, infrastructure, and transportation) and sciences (climate and geosciences, computers, and data). He won multiple best-paper awards in highly selective data and computer science conferences, developed patented or patent-pending inventions, and published books on critical infrastructure resilience and knowledge discovery from sensor data.

He has obtained an ASCE outstanding reviewer award, faculty fellow, and outstanding faculty and outstanding mentor awards. He has been widely quoted by and cited in the national and international media. He is the chief specialty editor of Frontiers in Water Research, an associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, editorial board member for PLOS One and Nature’s Scientific Reports, on the ASCE Committee for Adaptation to a Changing Climate, (formerly) in the Artificial Intelligence Committee of the American Meteorological Society, and an associate editor of the American Geophysical Union’s Water Resources Research, besides serving on multiple program committees of computer science conferences.

Ganguly has contributed to national and world bodies (e.g., United Nations Environmental Programme, U.S. National Academies, United Nations Association of the United Kingdom, U.S. National Climate Assessments), and is cited by multiple United Nations IPCC climate assessment reports and the U.S. National Climate Assessments.

His prior full-time experiences include the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN, as well as Oracle Corporation and a best-of-breed company called Demantra, subsequently acquired by Oracle. He was a co-chair of the Societal Dimensions Working Group for the NCAR Community Earth System Model.

Ganguly obtained a Ph.D. from MIT, an M.S. from the University of Toledo, and a B. Tech. (Hons.) from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur.



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