Chittaranjan Ray, PhD

Professor and Director
Nebraska Water Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Chittaranjan Ray is director of the Nebraska Water Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a professional civil engineer. Until July, Ray was interim director for the University of Hawaii’s Water Resources Research Center and Environmental Center, while also serving as a full professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests and areas of expertise include water quality engineering, water quality assessment with special emphasis on groundwater, pesticides, flow and transport processes in variably-saturated media, and surface and groundwater interaction.
Previously, Ray worked for the Illinois State Water Survey and was a staff engineer with the groundwater consulting firm Geraghty and Miller, Inc. He received a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s from Texas Tech University. Ray’s extensive international experience has led to research fellowships in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Japan, Czech Republic, and Germany. Additionally, he has authored five books, multiple book chapters and dozens of journal articles and serves in an editorial capacity for the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage and Journal of Clean Technology and Environmental Policy.


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