Advisory Board

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    Upmanu Lall

Dr. Upmanu Lall is the Director of the Columbia Water Center and the Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering at Columbia University. He has broad interests in hydrology, climate dynamics, water resource systems analysis, risk management and sustainability. He is motivated by challenging questions at the intersection of these fields, especially where they have relevance to societal outcomes or to the advancement of science towards innovative application.

Dr. Lall has pioneered the application of techniques from (a) nonlinear dynamical systems, (b) nonparametric methods of function estimation and their application to spatio-temporal dynamical systems, (c) Hierarchical Bayesian models, (d) systems optimization and simulation and (e) the study of multi-scale climate variability and change as an integral component of hydrologic systems.

He has published in journals that focus on hydrology, water resources, climate, physics, applied mathematics and statistics, development, policy and management science. He has been engaged in high level public and scientific discussion through the media, the World Economic Forum, and with governments, foundations, development banks, and corporations interested in sustainability. He has served on several national and international panels.

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    Vijay Modi

Dr. Vijay Modi is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. His expertise is in the field of: energy sources and conversion, heat/mass transfer, and fluid mechanics.

His current areas of research interest are related to: energy infrastructure, CO2 sequestration (with Prof. Lackner in Earth and Environmental Engineering), fuel cells, distributed sensing / control of flow, and heat transfer.