Faculty Profile

Praveen Kumar

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Professor
2527b Hydrosystems Lab
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-4688

Administrative Titles

  • Colonel Harry F. and Frankie M. Lovell Endowed Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Primary Research Area

  • Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering

Education

  • University of Minnesota Ph.D. Civil Engineering 1993
  • Iowa State University M.S. Civil Engineering 1989
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India B. Tech. Civil Engineering 1987

Biography

Praveen Kumar holds a B.Tech. (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India 1987), M.S. (Iowa State University 1989), and Ph.D. (University of Minnesota 1993), all in civil engineering. He has been on the faculty of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois since 1995. Prior to joining University of Illinois, he was a research scientist (January 1993 to July 1995) at the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and Hydrologic Sciences Branch, NASA- Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA.

Dr. Kumar has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in hydrosystems engineering, engineering modeling under uncertainty, surface water hydrology, hydroclimatology, stochastic hydrology, non-linear methods in hydrology, and hydroinformatics.

In 1993 Dr. Kumar received the Universities Space Research Association Award for Promise and Potential of a Young Scientist. In 1996 he received the NASA New Young Investigator Award. He was selected as the NCSA/UIUC Faculty Fellow for 2001-2002. In 2005 he received the Xerox Award for Faculty Research. He has also been recognized for teaching excellence by having been listed several times in the UIUC List of Teachers Rated as Excellent by their Students.

Dr. Kumar has served as the Editor-in-Chief for Water Resources Research, (2009-2013) the major scientific journal in the field, published by American Geophysical Union (AGU).￿ Prior to that he was the Editor for Geophysical Research Letters (2007-2009) also published by AGU. In the past he has served as the Associate Editor (1998-2001) for Water Resources Research and for ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (2003-2004). He is a member of Ecohydrology Committee, and Remote Sensing Committee of the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union and served as the Chair of Precipitation Committee during 1999-2001. He served for five years as a member of the Board of Directors for CUHASI,Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science which has 120 member universities.

Academic Positions

  • Affiliate Faculty, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Univ. of Illinois, 2015-Present
  • Colonel Harry F. and Frankie M. Lovell Endowed Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Illinois, 2011-present
  • Affiliate Res. Scientist, Institute for Advanced Computation & Tech., Univ. of Illinois, 2008-2014
  • Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Illinois, 2006-Present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Illinois, 2001-2006
  • Affiliate Faculty, Computational Science & Engineering Program, Univ. of Illinois, 1995-Present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Illinois, 1995-2001

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Research Statement

Dr. Kumar￿s research deals with Hydrocomplexity, the quantitative understanding and prediction of emergent patterns of form and function that arise from complex non-linear multi-scale interactions between soil, water, climate, vegetation and human systems; and how this understanding can be used for innovative solutions to water and sustainability challenges. His research has been funded by federal agencies such as NSF, NASA, and NOAA. He presently serves as the Director of the Critical Zone Observatory for Intensively Managed Landscapes. He is also the lead on NSF supported EarthCube project on Geo-Semantics, and a co-lead on NSF supported SEAD and Brown Dog projects for the development of cyber-infrastructure for structured and unstructured long-tail data and models.

Research Interests

  • Lead on NSF supported EarthCube project on Geo-Semantics, and a co-lead on NSF supported SEAD and Brown Dog projects for the development of cyber-infrastructure for structured and unstructured long-tail data and models.
  • Currently Director of the Critical Zone Observatory for Intensively Managed Landscapes.
  • Innovative solutions to water and sustainability challenges
  • Hydrocomplexity, the quantitative understanding and prediction of emergent patterns of form and function that arise from complex non-linear multi-scale interactions between soil, water, climate, vegetation and human systems

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

  • Sivapalan, M., T. Wagner, S. Uhlenbrook, X. Liang, V. Lakshmi, P. Kumar, E. Zehe and Y. Tachikawa, editors, Predictions in Ungauged Basins: Promise and Progress, IAHS Pub. 303, UK, 2006.
  • Kumar, P., J. Alameda, P. Bajscy, M. Folk and M. Markus, Hydroinformatics: Data Integrative Methods in Computation, Analysis and Modeling, Authored Handbook, CRC Press, 534 pp., 2005.
  • Foufoula-Georgiou, E., P. Kumar, editors, Wavelets in Geophysics, Academic Press, 373 pp., 1994

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

  • Sivapalan, M., T.Wagner, S. Uhlenbrook, X. Liang, V. Lakshmi, P. Kumar, E. Zehe, and Y. Tachikawa, eds., Predictions in Ungauged Basins: Promise and Progress, IAHS Pub. 303, UK, 2006.
  • Foufoula-Georgiou, E. and P. Kumar, editors, Wavelets in Geophysics, Academic Press, 373 pp., 1994.

Chapters in Books

  • Saco, P. and P. Kumar, “Hydrologic Dispersion in Fluvial Networks,” in “River Confluences, Tributaries and the Fluvial Network” Edited by Stephen P. Rice, Andr´e G. Roy and Bruce L. Rhoads, 2008
  • Amanda, A.B. and P. Kumar, “Statistical Data Mining,” in Hydroinformatics: Data Integrative Methods in Computation, Analysis and Modeling, by Kumar et al., 2005.
  • Ruddell, B.L. and P. Kumar, “Modelshed Data Model,” in Hydroinformatics: Data Integrative Methods in Computation, Analysis and Modeling, by Kumar et al., 2005.
  • Ruddell, B.L. and P. Kumar, “Hydrologic Data Models”, in Hydroinformatics: Data Integrative Methods in Computation, Analysis and Modeling, by Kumar et al., 2005.
  • Ruddell, B.L. and P. Kumar, “Unified Modeling Language,” in Hydroinformatics: Data Integrative Methods in Computation, Analysis and Modeling, by Kumar et al., 2005.
  • Kumar, P., “Multiple Scale Conditional Simulation,” Scaling Methods in Soil Physics, edited by Pachepsky, Selim and Pachepsky, 179 192, 2003.
  • Kumar, P. and E. Foufoula-Georgiou, “A Multicomponent Self-Similar Characterization of Rainfall Fluctuations,” in Environmental Studies, edited by Mary Wheeler, Springer-Verlag, New York, 239-254, 1996.
  • Kumar, P. and E. Foufoula-Georgiou, “Wavelet Analysis in Geophysics: An Introduction,” in Wavelets in Geophysics, edited by E. Foufoula-Georgiou and P. Kumar, 1-43, 1994.

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Harpreet Kaur and Praveen Kumar, Impact on watershed resilience due to variation of precipitation , AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, H43I-1587, 2013.
  • Debsunder Dutta, Allison E. Goodwell, Jonathan A. Greenberg, Praveen Kumar, Robert G. Darmody, James E. Garvey, Robert B. Jacobson, and David P. Beretta, Mapping of Soil Properties Using Hyperspectral Remote Sensing , AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, H33H-1487, 2013.
  • Carl Bernacchi, Justin E. Bagley, Donald R. Ort, Praveen Kumar, and Ursula M. Ruiz Vera, The role of acclimation in scaling GPP from the leaf to the canopy for crops in a changing climate , AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, B31F-02, 2013.
  • Dongkook Woo, Juan Quijano, Praveen Kumar, Sayo Chaoka, Threshold Level of Harvested Litter Input for Carbon Sequestration by Bioenergy Crops , AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, B31C-0413, 2013.
  • Allison E. Goodwell and Praveen Kumar, Assessing Resilience of Intensively Managed Landscapes through Feedbacks, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, H21K-03, 2013.
  • Praveen Kumar, Water Security: A Defining Open Problem of Our Time, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, PA13C-1779, 2013.
  • Phong V. Le and Praveen Kumar, Scaling characteristics of topographic depressions , AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, H13J-1501, 2013.
  • Jim Myers, Margaret Hedstrom, Beth A. Plale, Praveen Kumar, Robert McDonald, Rob Kooper, Luigi Marini, Inna Kouper, and Kavitha Chandrasekar, Changing the Curation Equation: A Data Lifecycle Approach to Lowering Costs and Increasing Value, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, N12A-08, 2013.
  • Juan Quijano and Praveen Kumar, The Role of Shortwave Radiation and Precipitation on Hydraulic Redistribution, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract H11G-1232, 2013.
  • Praveen Kumar, Allison Goodwell, Phong Le, and Debsunder Dutta, Microtopography: What does it reveal about landscape structure, organization and processes? EGU, Abstract EGU2013-12583, 2013.

Invited Lectures

  • Water-food-climate squeeze: Can we (bio)engineer our way out?
  • Water-food-climate squeeze: Can we (bio)engineer our way out?
  • Observatories and Big Data: Emerging Paradigms for Advancing Environmental Understanding and Prediction
  • Water-food-climate squeeze: Can we (bio)engineer our way out?
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Scientific Publishing: an Editor's Perspective
  • Critical Zone Ecohydrology as a Link Between Below- and Above-Ground Processes
  • Intensively Managed Landscape Critical Zone Observatory (IML-CZO)
  • Intensively Managed Landscape Critical Zone Observatory (IML-CZO) - A Sandbox for Hydrocomplexity of Human-Nature Interaction
  • Critical Zone Ecohydrology - Predicting the Consequences of Change
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Scientific Publishing: An Editor's Perspective

Other Publications

  • Harpreet Kaur and Praveen Kumar, Impact on watershed resilience due to variation of precipitation
, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, H43I-1587, 2013.
  • Debsunder Dutta, Allison E. Goodwell, Jonathan A. Greenberg, Praveen Kumar, Robert G. Darmody, James E. Garvey, Robert B. Jacobson, and David P. Beretta, Mapping of Soil Properties Using Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, H33H-1487, 2013.
  • Carl Bernacchi, Justin E. Bagley, Donald R. Ort, Praveen Kumar, and Ursula M. Ruiz Vera, The role of acclimation in scaling GPP from the leaf to the canopy for crops in a changing climate
, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, B31F-02, 2013.
  • Dongkook Woo, Juan Quijano, Praveen Kumar, Sayo Chaoka, Threshold Level of Harvested Litter Input for Carbon Sequestration by Bioenergy Crops
, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, B31C-0413, 2013.
  • Allison E. Goodwell and Praveen Kumar, Assessing Resilience of Intensively Managed Landscapes through Feedbacks, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, H21K-03, 2013.
  • Praveen Kumar, Water Security: A Defining Open Problem of Our Time, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, PA13C-1779, 2013.
  • Phong V. Le and Praveen Kumar, Scaling characteristics of topographic depressions
, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, H13J-1501, 2013.
  • Jim Myers, Margaret Hedstrom, Beth A. Plale, Praveen Kumar, Robert McDonald, Rob Kooper, Luigi Marini, Inna Kouper, and Kavitha Chandrasekar, Changing the Curation Equation: A Data Lifecycle Approach to Lowering Costs and Increasing Value, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract, N12A-08, 2013.
  • Juan Quijano and Praveen Kumar, The Role of Shortwave Radiation and Precipitation on Hydraulic Redistribution, AGU, Fall Meet. Abstract H11G-1232, 2013.
  • Praveen Kumar, Allison Goodwell, Phong Le, and Debsunder Dutta, Microtopography: What does it reveal about landscape structure, organization and processes? EGU, Abstract EGU2013-12583, 2013.

Journal Editorships

  • Editor-in-Chief￿Water Resources Research, American Geophysical Union 2009-2013
  • Editor,￿Geophysical Research Letters, American Geophysical Union 2006-2009
  • Associate Editor,￿Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers 2003-2004
  • Guest Editor, Advances in Water Resources, (Elsevier), special issue on ￿Non-Linear Propagation of Multi-scale Dynamics through Hydrologic Subsystems￿ ￿2000-2001
  • Associate Editor,￿Water Resources Research, American Geophysical Union 1998-2001

Professional Societies

  • Journal Referee: Water Resources Research; Journal of Applied Meteorology; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society; Biometrika; Journal of Geophysical Research; Journal of Stochastic Hydrology and Hydraulics; ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering; Journal of Hydrometeorology; Journal of Climate; Advances in Water Resources; Hydrologic Processes
  • Grant Proposal Panel: National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy
  • Member, Organizing Committee, 6th Understanding Complex Systems Symposium, "Molecular Origin of Life and Dynamics of Information, Energy and Water Flows on Evolving Networks", University of Illinois, May 15-18, 2006.
  • Member, Organizing Committee, USA PUB Workshop: From PUB Implementation to Community Science Questions, October, 2006
  • Member, Science Steering Group for Prediction in Ungaged Basins of International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 2003-present
  • Member, Organizing Committee, Seventh International Conference on Precipitation, 2001
  • Co Convener and co chair of a special session on ￿Progress in Hydrologic Science Since the Blue Book,￿ American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 14-18, 2009.
  • Co Convener and co chair of a special session on ￿Advancing Hydrologic Predictability in a Changing Environment Through Interdisciplinary Synthesis,￿ American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 10-14, 2007.
  • Co Convener and co chair of a special session on ￿Implications of Hydrologic Variability for Prediction in Ungauged Basins,￿ American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 13-17, 2004.

Service on University Committees

  • 2014-present: Campus Task Force on Ag Big Data
  • 2013-present: Campus NGRREC (National Great Rivers Research and Education Center) Working Group
  • 2013-present: Steering Committee for iSEE (Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment), UIUC
  • 2013: Chair, COE Awards Committee
  • 2013:Member, Ad hoc tenure review committee, College of Engineering, UIUC
  • 2012-present: Campus Committee on Named Faculty Appointments
  • 2012 ￿ present: Member, Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability Program, Department of Civil & Env. Eng., UIUC
  • 2012-2013: Search Committee Member for joint faculty search between the departments of Integrative Biology and Plant Biology, UIUC
  • 2012-2013: Student Sustainability Committee, Univ. of Illinois
  • 2012-2013: Elected Member, UIUC Senate

Service on Department Committees

  • 2004-2006: Undergraduate Affairs and Outcomes Assessment (Departmental Committee)
  • 2001-2003: Coordinator, Graduate Admissions, Information technology Program
  • 2001-2003, 2005-2007: Graduate Affairs Committee
  • 2001-2002: Search Committee Member for joint faculty search between the departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Atmospheric Science, and Environmental Council
  • 2001-2002: Information Technology M.S. Program Committee (Departmental Committee)

Other Outside Service

  • Journal Referee; Water Resources Research; Journal of Applied Meteorology; Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society; Biometrika; Journal of Geophysical Research; Journal of Stochastic Hydrology and Hydraulics; ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering; Journal of Hydrometeorology; Journal of Climate; Advances in Water Resources; Hydrologic Processes
  • Grant Proposal Panel; National Science Foundation; National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer National Aeronautics and Space Administration; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; National Science Foundation
  • Board member, Champaign Urbana Montessori Elementary School, 2000 2002, Vice President, 2001 2002.

Honors

  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising (2013)
  • Featured Article, Water Resources Research (2011)
  • Associate (2011-2012)
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2005)
  • Faculty Fellow at National Center for Supercomputing Applications (2001, 2002, 2006-2007)
  • Listed in (Incomplete) List of Instructors Ranked as Excellent at the Univ. of Illinois (Spring 2001 Spring 2002 Fall 2005 Spring 2006 Spring 2007 Spring 2008 Spring 2009 Spring 2010 Spring 2011)
  • NASA New Young Investigator Award (1996)
  • Award for Promise and Potential of a Young Scientist, (1993)
  • Visiting Fellow (1993)

Teaching Honors

  • Ciaran Harman (co-advised student), Horton Research Grant (2010)
  • Francina Dominguez: Outstanding Student Paper Award, Amer. Geo. Union Fall Meeting (2005)
  • Patricia Saco: 2003 Straub Award for Best Dissertation (University of Minnesota) (2005)
  • Geremew G. Amenu: Winner of Student Poster Competitions at Illinois Water (Illinois Water is a biennial conference) (2004)
  • Patricia Saco: Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) Best Dissertation Award (2004)
  • Ji Chen: Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (1999)