Chandra Shekhar Prasad Ojha, Ph.D., F.ASCE, a professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the Indian Institute Technology, Roorkee, India, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Ojha’s research works mainly with the modeling of water resources and environmental engineering systems, with a focus on the problems surrounding food and water security. He has coordinated/co-coordinated several international research projects involving the European Union, Germany, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These include Indo-UK projects on Indian agriculture and water management that have led to new findings being disseminated to the farmers of the north Indian region through regular interactive stakeholder workshops. The potential of river-bank filtration, too, has been evaluated for Indian conditions through an EU-funded project that led to the development of the Indo-German Cooperation Centre on Riverbank Filtration at Haridwar, India, in operation since 2005.
Ojha is just as prolific in the publications of the field, having written, coauthored, or edited eight books, 38 book chapters, and more than 200 archived journal articles. He has been an associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste since 2011, and its guest editor twice. He has also edited three books that were published by ASCE: Climate Change Modeling, Mitigation, and Adaptation; Carbon Capture and Storage: Physical, Chemical, and Biological Methods; and Sustainable Water Resources Management. Elsewhere, he has been a member of the editorial boards of several international journals.
He has received various national and international awards and fellowships for excellence in academics. Ojha has been a Commonwealth Research Scholar at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, in London; visiting scholar at Louisiana State University; Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow at the Water Technology Centre, Karlsruhe, Germany; Guest AvH Fellow, Institute for Hydromechanics, University of Karlsruhe; visiting professor, civil engineering, AIT Bangkok; and Curtis Visiting Professor at Purdue University. He has been awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering and visiting fellowships by ASCE, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and STINT. He received the Young Engineer Award from the Central Board of Irrigation and Power and the AICTE Young Teachers Career Award. His research work has been recognized with awards from ASCE, the Institution of Engineers, India, the Indian Water Works Association, and the Indian Society of Hydraulics. He also received ASCE’s State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award in 2014.
Ojha earned his doctorate from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London.