Faisal Hossain

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Professional Hydrologist
American Institute of Hydrology


Faisal Hossain received his Ph.D. from The University of Connecticut in 2004, his M.S (1999) and B.S (1996) from The National University of Singapore and Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, respectively. His research interests are hydrologic remote sensing, sustainable water resources engineering, transboundary water resources management and engineering education. He is the recipient of awards such as NASA New Investigator Award (2008), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Outstanding Research Award (2009), US Fulbright Faculty Award (2012), G.O.L.D. (Graduate Of the Last Decade) award from University of Connecticut (2012), American Geophysical Union (AGU) Charles Falkenberg Award (2012), American Meteorological Society Editor's Award (2015) and ASCE Walter Huber Award (2015).

Faisal Hossain has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles, authored an undergraduate textbook, edited four books and contributed nine book chapters. His capacity building and education initiatives involving satellite remote sensing has resulted in several independently-owned satellite management system for Governments of several Asian nations (using altimetry, gravimetry and numerical modeling) for improved water, food and energy security. Currently he serves as Editor for Journal of Hydrometeorology and Applications lead for Science Team of Surface Water Ocean Topography (SWOT) Mission that is scheduled for launch in 2021. He was most recently the chair for ASCE Task Committee on "Water Infrastructure, Weather and Climate." He initiated the first Student Film Contest for  engineering majors at University of Washington in 2017 that is now planned as the nation's first and bi-annual student film festival. His first ever documentary movie titled Joler Par (Rising Tide) contested unsuccessfully at film festivals in 2014. However, his most recent films that have been screened at film circuits, such as "Bay of Hope" (2015) and “Cotton Fields from the Ivory Tower” (2017), give him hope for a full-time film-making career one day. He is currently working on his 6th big-budget production due for launch after 2019.


  • Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 2004
  • M. Eng in Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1999
  • B.Tech in Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India, 1996

Previous appointments

  • Associate Professor (2009-2014 January), Tennessee Technological University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Assistant Professor (2004-2009), Tennessee Technological University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Graduate Research Assistant (1999-2004), University of Connecticut, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Statement

Our research vision is to improve livelihoods in challenging environments through sustainable application of earth science, remote sensing and advanced information technology. We aspire to provide dedicated and honest leadership to uplift government and non-government capacity through user-ready scientific research. We also aim to stand out as the world’s pioneering group with ideas that will lead innovations in curriculum, design and operations of systems for improved security in water, food and energy at national, regional and global scales.

Current projects

Building Lasting Capacity for Water Management in Vulnerable Deltas of Indo-China – NASA

Towards Operational Water Resources Management in South Asia Exploiting Satellite Geodetic and Remote Sensing Technologies – NASA

Effects of Global Change on Extreme Precipitation and Flooding: New Approaches to IDF and Regional Flood Frequency Estimation – DoD

Satellite-based Flood Inundation Warning on Affordable Mobile Platforms to Empower Farmers- USAID DIV

SWOT Science Team Preparations for Ground-truthing, Discharge Product Development and Water Management Applications in Asian River Systems - NASA

Honors & awards

  • Outstanding Achievement Award, ASCE-EWRI, 2018
  • Vice President, Academic Affairs, American Institute of Hydrology, 2017-present
  • AGU Cinema (USA), Tasveer (Seattle), 11th Eco-Film Festival (Malaysia) and Tech Doc Festival (Seattle) Selections for Cotton Fields from the Ivory Tower -2017
  • Best Film Award for Community category at Makers Summit University of Washington - Cotton Fields from the Ivory Tower, 2017
  • IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award, Environmental Research Letters, 2016
  • 9th Eco-Film Festival Selection Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Bay of Hope - 2015
  • ASCE Walter L. Huber Award - 2015
  • American Meteorological Society Editor’s Award- 2015
  • Charles Falkenberg Award (A Union Award)– American Geophysical Union -2012
  • Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D) Award – University of Connecticut -2012
  • Fulbright US Faculty Award- 2012
  • Caplenor Award (Tennessee Tech University Highest Award) – 2012
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award-ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering- 2011
  • Education Excellence Award, National Association of Environmental Professionals -2010
  • Outstanding New Faculty Research Award, American Society of Engineering Education -2009
  • NASA New Investigator Program Award - 2008
  • Outstanding PhD Thesis Award, School of Engineering, University of Connecticut - 2005
  • NASA Earth System Science Fellowship, 2002-2006