ASCE has honored Soroosh Sorooshian, Ph.D., M.ASCE, with the 2017 Ven Te Chow Award for his pioneering work in hydrologic science and water resources systems engineering, including hydrometeorology, hydroclimate studies, and application of remote sensing with special focus on the hydrologic cycle and water resources issues.
Sorooshian is a distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing at the University of California at Irvine. His seminal contributions to engineering practice, covering more than 35 years, have been through the cultivation of rigor, communication, and professionalism at all levels; tireless, generous mentorship of students and colleagues; and unwavering dedication to ethics and diversity in the profession. He is the author of over 250 refereed journal papers and articles, seven books, 33 book chapters, and 44 conference papers. He has served as a major professor for 50 doctoral students, 40 master students, and 20 postdoctoral and visiting scholars, and maintained an outstanding professional service record throughout.
Sorooshian has held several distinguished positions, including chair of the National Academy of Engineering Section 12, board of directors member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and advisory board member of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to a name a few. He is also the recipient of various national and international awards.
He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering at California State Polytechnic in 1971 and an M.S. in Operations Research in 1973. In 1978, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in systems engineering. He has been awarded fellow status with AGU, AAAS, IWRA, and AMS.
Established in 1995, the Ven Te Chow Award recognizes individuals whose lifetime achievements in the field of hydrologic engineering have been distinguished by exceptional achievement and significant contributions in research, education, or practice.