Binayak P. Mohanty, PhD
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Don and Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Award, Soil Science Society of America, 2014
Dr. Binayak Mohanty of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering has been elected to the rank of Fellow by the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for preeminent efforts in the application of remote sensing platforms for understanding multi-scale hydrology and developing scaling rules for soil moisture and hydrologic fluxes.” Dr. Mohanty is a Regents Professor and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (COALS) Chair in Hydrologic Engineering and Sciences. Mohanty has a unique role in modern hydrology and flow through porous media. He is an international leader in using satellite remote sensing as a tool to study soil moisture, soil hydraulics, and evapotranspiration at different scales. His seminal contributions have provided unprecedented tools and techniques to address wide spectrum of challenges related to soil and environmental sciences, including water management, crop production, climate forecasts, flood prediction, groundwater recharge estimation, and pollution control. Dr. Mohanty also provided novel experimental data and effective modeling concepts for accounting preferential flow and contaminant transport in macroporous and fractured soils. He is the Director of the newly established Texas Water Observatory at Texas A&M University (http://two.tamu.edu) in the Brazos River corridor, which will serve as a regional testbed for terrestrial and coastal hydrologic, ecologic, geomorphic, climatic, and biogeochemical process studies among others in the coming decade. Mohanty has received various prestigious national and international awards including Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Don and Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Award, and NASA group achievement award. Mohanty is a fellow of Soil Science Society of America, Agronomy Society of America and Texas A&M AgriLife, as well as a senior fellow of Texas A&M Engineering and distinguished alumni of Asian Institute of Technology. Mohanty serves in a number of NASA, NSF, DOE, US National Academies panels and journal editorial boards.