Upmanu Lall | AIChE

Upmanu Lall

Columbia University

Dr. Upmanu Lall‘s current research covers three major initiatives that are developed through the Columbia Water Center: Global Water Sustainability, Global Flood Initiative and America’s Water. He is a systems thinker with a range of intellectual contributions in hydroclimatology, data science, nonlinear dynamics and water resources.

Teaching Experience: (11 distinct undergraduate and 15 distinct graduate classes)

Undergraduate: Hydrology1, 2, Water Resources Eng.1, 2, Computations & Computer Analysis1, Fluid Mechanics Lab.1, Operations Research II1, Systems Analysis for Civil Eng1, Water Project Analysis1, Statistics in Water Resources1, Water Resource Systems Analysis1, Groundwater Engineering2, Earth Resources and the Environment3, A Better Planet by Design3

Graduate: Optimization of Large Systems1, Applied Probability Theory1, Statistical Decision Theory1, Hydro-electric Power1, Stochastic Hydrology1, 2, Groundwater Hydrology1, Groundwater Contaminant Transport2, Groundwater Quantity and Quality Modeling2, Spatial Hydrologic Analysis2, Physical Hydrology2,3, Low Frequency Hydro-Climatic Variability2, Environmental Statistics2, Hydroclimatology2, Water Management and Development3, Environmental Data Analysis3, Complexity Science3

1University of Utah, 2Utah State University, 3Columbia University

Other Information

Editor in Chief: Water Security, 2016-date. Associate Editor: Water Resources Research, 1993-2002, ASCE J. of Hydrologic Engineering, 1994-2004.

Selected committees served: Member NRC Panel on American River Floods. Member NRC Panel on Forecast Uncertainty and NWS. Member NRC Panel on NAWQA, Member NSF Working Group on Water, Earth and Bios. Member NSF Advisory Committee to the Director on Env. Research and Education. Contributions to IPCC, and National Climate Report. Member World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water. President, AGU Natural Hazards Focus Group.

Selected Invited talks and Keynotes at non-academic public events: World Bank, Stockholm Water Week, Singapore Water Week, American Water Intelligence, Water 2.0, NY Academy of Science, World Leaders Forum, UN World Water Forum; Shell Water-Energy Summit, American Water Summit, EU General Assembly, Sustainalytics, US Water Partnership, Rubin Museum, US Water Partnership, Water Innovations Alliance Foundation; American Water Summit; Financial Times Event on Water; Circle of Blue Webinars on Choke Point USA, Mining and Water; Water and Climate; Woodrow Wilson Center; USAID; Municipal Analysts Group of New York; CERES Investor Water hub; Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility; OECD-FICCI-ADB-2030WRG Seminar on Water Risk and Stewardship; NOAA MAPP; White House Water Forum; World Bank Water Week; Natural Conservancy Global Water Summit; Pro Publica-New America; Barclays Water-Energy Forum; several water and climate related movie screenings

Interviews: World Economic Forum, European Commission; Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine; 

Web: GOOD; CBS Marketwatch; Statistics Views; Business Insider; CSR Wire; Bloomberg News; The Mcbride Network; Crains New York; Environment & Energy News; Circle of Blue; Big Think; Huffington Post; Vice.com; Growing Blue; RWL Water; Pub Publica Press – FACE HD; 

Print: The Guardian; Reuters, Xinhua News Agency; Economist, National Geographic, The Atlantic Magazine, Financial Times, NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Desert Sun; Asian Development Bank magazine, Christian Science Monitor; Times of India, The Hindu, The Tribune, Popular Science; GE Reports;

TV& Radio: CBS, ABC News, CNN, PBS, NPR, BBC, WNYC, WNBC, Mundo TV, Rede Globo, Al Jazeera, ARISE TV, R-TV America; Interview for WLIW Documentary: Plagues and Perils of Salton Sea

Earthsky.org; Namibia Press Agency; Apocalypse Now; National Public Radio, Here & Now.