Binayak P. Mohanty


Educational background

Ph. D., Soil and Water Engineering
Iowa State University (1992)
M.S., Water Resources & Environmental Engineering
Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (1987)
B.Sc., Agricultural Engineering
Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India (1985)

CV/ Resume
ResearchGategoogle scholar

Research Interests

  • Water, heat, and chemical transport measurement and modeling in variably-saturated porous media ranging from core-scale to regional-scale
  • Measurement, scaling, and estimation of soil hydraulic properties
  • Preferential water flow and chemical transport through macroporous and fractured media
  • Spatial variability of soil hydraulic and transport properties in the context of deterministic/stochastic modeling
  • Coupled hydrologic and biogeochemical processes in vadose zone
  • Adaptive geostatistical and exploratory data analysis techniques
  • Soil moisture remote sensing, scaling, and ground validation
  • Geohydrological and geoenvironmental applications
  • Up- and down-scaling of soil hydrologic processes and parameters
  • Development and application of the state-of-the-art expert systems
  • Neural Network (NN) based pedo-topo-vegetation transfer functions (PTVTFs)
  • Development and application of exploratory, numerical, and Bayesian techniques for vadose zone processes
  • Numerical forward and inverse models

Selected Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research Excellence, Asian Institute of Technology(AIT), Bangkok
  • 2014 Don and Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Award, Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
  • 2014 Regents Professor, Texas A&M University System
  • 2014 Inaugural Holder of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (COALS) Chair in
    Hydrologic Engineering and Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • 2014 Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Senior Fellow
  • 2013 NASA Group Achievement Award for a Successful Pre-Launch Field Campaign (SMAPVEX12) in Manitoba, Canada, in Support of SMAP Algorithm and Applications
  • 2012 Fellow, Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) & Agronomy Society of America (ASA)
  • 2012 Fellow, Texas AgriLife Research
  • 1992 Reverend P.T. Taiganides Outstanding Graduate Student Award
  • 1985 University Gold Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate Student


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