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Current Position and Professional Licensure

Associate Professor, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA
Professional Licensed Civil Engineer in the State of California (License Number: 78586)


PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany (2010)
Dissertation Title: Simulation of remotely sensed rainfall fields using copulas

MSc, Civil Engineering (Major: Water Resources), K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran (2005)

BSc, Civil Engineering (Major: Water Resources), K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran (2001)

Academic Experience

2016 - present: Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA

2011 - 2016: Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA

2009 - 2011: Postdoctoral Associate, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA

2007 - 2009: Visiting Scholar, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA

2006 - 2010: Graduate Student, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Selected Honors and Awards

2016, Outstanding ASCE Faculty Advisor.

2016, Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) Distinguished Educator Award.

2014 United States Frontiers of Engineering (FOE), National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of the National Academies ("The FOE program brings together a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors").

2013-14 Hellman Fellowship Award.

2012 Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Award, National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of the National Academies ("The FOEE program brings together some of the nation's most engaged and innovative engineering educators in order to recognize, reward, and promote effective, substantive, and inspirational engineering education through a sustained dialogue within the emerging generation of innovative faculty").

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program Award, 2009.


Global Integrated Drought Monitoring and Prediction System (GIDMaPS), United States Pending Patent (EFS ID: 15781319, Application Number: 61823491), AghaKouchak A., Hao Z., Nakhjiri N.


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Grants and Projects

NASA, Advancing Drought Onset Detection and Seasonal Prediction Using a Composite of NASA Models and Satellite Data, PI (AghaKouchak A.), 12/2014-11/2018.

NSF, A Nested Multi-Scale Hydrological Modeling Framework: Assessing Resilience and Vulnerability to Climate Change, PI (AghaKouchak A.), 9/1/13-8/31/16.

NOAA, Advancing Drought Monitoring and Prediction Using a MultiIndex Multivariate Framework, PI (AghaKouchak A.), 9/1/14-8/31/17.

NSF, Global Integrated Drought Monitoring and Prediction System, PI (AghaKouchak A.), 10/1/13-9/30/14.

ARO, Frameworks for Analysis of Regional, Concurrent, Conditional and Non-Stationary Extremes in Geosciences, PI (AghaKouchak A.), 12/2014-11/2015.

DWR, Drought Emergency Seasonal Forecasting via Conditional Analog Years, PI (AghaKouchak A.), 7/2014-6/2015.

NSF, Hazards SEES Type 2: Preventing Flood Hazards from Becoming Disasters through Two-Way Communication of Parcel-Level Flood Risk, PI (Sanders B.), Co-PIs (Famiglietti J., Basolo V., Matthew R., Houston J., AghaKouchak A.), 9/2013-8/2017.

NASA/JPL, Analysis of Weather and Climate Extremes Using AIRS Satellite Data, PI (AghaKouchak A.), 5/1/13-4/30/14.

USBR, Quantifying Climate Projections Uncertainty Using a Non-Gaussian Model and an Adaptive Weighting Ensemble Algorithm: Application to Water Resources Management, PI (AghaKouchak A.), 10/2011-9/2013.

NSF-PIRE, Low Energy Options for Making Water from Wastewater, PI (Grant S.), Co-PIs (AghaKouchak A., R Ambrose, P Bowler, B Cooper, R Detwiler, S Elghobashi, D Feldman, S Jiang, R Lejano, L Levin, M McBride, M Prather, J.D. Saphores, D Rosso, B Sanders, A Sengupta, E Stein, M Sutula, W Tang, K Treseder, J Vrugt, R Brown, P Cook, A Deletic, T Fletcher, A Hamilton, I Marusic, D McCarthy, M Stewardson, A Western), 10/2012-9/2017, UCI PIRE Website.

World Bank, Impacts of Global Climate Change (GCC) on the Water Resources of Morocco, PI (Sorooshian S.), Co-PIs (AghaKouchak A., Li J.), 9/2011-12/2012.

ARO, Improving near real-time high-resolution satellite-derived precipitation estimation for hydrologic modeling and decision-making applications, PI (Sorooshian S.), Co-PIs (AghaKouchak A., Hsu K., Gao X.), 9/2011-8/2014.

Professional Societies

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

American Meteorological Society (AMS)

International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)

American Society of Civil Engineerings (ASCE)

International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR)