To Prospective Students


I started teaching at GWU  in January of 2013 and have built a research team focusing on different aspects of  Hydrology, Hydrometeorology, and Water Resources Engineering.

My goal is to develop comprehensive, integrated research and educational plan to:

  • Advance the understanding and modeling of heat, moisture, and carbon exchange and their coupling at the land-atmosphere (LA) interface.
  • Develop state-of-the-art computational tools to foster interdisciplinary research in the field of land surface hydrology and land-atmosphere interaction.

My research activities span from large-scale modeling of the exchange of heat, moisture, and carbon fluxes between the land and the atmosphere to small-scale particle modeling of free surface flows. We are interested in understanding and modeling land surface and land-atmosphere interaction and exchange processes, by utilizing environmental land surface data and developing innovative data assimilation, optimization, and numerical modeling techniques. My team distinguishes itself by its emphasis on fundamental research that has important practical implications in engineering and earth sciences.

If you feel your work fits closely with my research and you would like to learn about applying in the following years, please feel free to contact me via email with your research interests and CV attached along with your transcripts and a sample of your published or unpublished work ( if available).

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Selecting an adviser to work with on a doctoral or MS dissertation is an important decision as this relationship will last beyond your graduate studies and can influence your future career path. Therefore, please spend time to make sure you communicate your expectations and goals early on. Below, I have included more details about my expectations that may help you in your decision:

What I Expect from my Graduate Students:

  1. Ethics and accountability
  2. Quality work
  3. Work well in groups, respect team members, and sense of responsibility
  4. Prepared for weekly meetings and professional weekly progress reports (slides) to provide updates on the progress
  5. Good time management skills
  6. Patience and positive attitude toward challenges and difficulties in research
  7. I typically expect three papers submitted to a peer-review journal before you finish your doctoral dissertation. These are typically chapters from your dissertation and they will be an important part of your learning experience.

What You Can Expect from Me:

  1. I will Mentor you closely on your research topic, goals, and timeline of various activities. However, I leave room for you to work and think independently and develop research skills and find solutions on your own. I will provide regular support and will make sure that you are on the right path.
  2. I will provide feedback on the courses that will help you in your research.
  3. In preparing your publications and dissertation, I will provide detailed feedback, but I expect you to put significant effort into the preparation of the papers that are mostly the results of your work. If English is not your first language and if needed, I may ask you to take a course or two on writing that is beneficial to you. I will also make use of the services provided by the writing center.
  4. I will provide mentorship and feedback on your job search and preparation for interviews (academic, industry, etc.). I can better help you prepare for your desired job if you communicate your goals with me early on and notify me of changes in your plans regularly.