Faisal Hossain

Faisal Hossain Professor
 Wilcox 167
 SASWE Research Group

Professional Hydrologist (American Institute of Hydrology)

Vice President, Academic Affairs, American Institute of Hydrology


  • 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


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 Civil Enginering 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.


Our research vision is to become the world’s premier research group for improving livelihoods in challenging environments through sustainable application of earth science, remote sensing and advanced information technology. We focus particularly on developing nations where we aspire to provide dedicated and honest leadership to uplift government and non-government capacity through use-ready scientific research rather than rely only on use-inspired 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 distributed infrastructures around the world for improved security in water, food and energy at national, regional and global scales.

Honors and awards

  • Vice President, Academic Affairs, American Institute of Hydrology, 2017-present
  • AGU Cinema, Tasveer and Tech Doc Festival Selections for Cotton Fields from the Ivory Tower -2017
  • 11th Eco-Film Festival Selection for Cotton Fields from the Ivory Tower - 2017
  • Makers Summit at University of Washington Best Film Award - Community for Cotton Fields from the Ivory Tower, 2017
  • 9th Eco-Film Festival Selection Kualulumpur, 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
  • 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