Professor of Hydrogeology at the Faculty of Geosciences of Utrecht University and Senior Advisor with Soil and Groundwater Department of Deltares. Graduated with honors
from the Department of Civil Engineering of Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran, in 1975.
Earned M.E.in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1979 at the Department of Civil Engineering of
Princeton University. Work experience as Assistant Professor with the Abadan
Institute of Technology (Iran, 1979-1982), Project Manager with the Yekom
Consulting Engineers (Iran, 1982-1984), Adjunct Assistant Professor with
the Technical and Engineering University of Tehran (Iran, 1982-1984), senior
researcher with the National Institute of Public Health and Environment,
RIVM (Bilthoven, The Netherlands, 1984-1995), Adjunct Assistant Professor with
the Department of Geology of Utrecht University (The Netherlands, 1990-1994),
Associate Professor (1995-2001) and later Professor(2001-2003) with the Faculty
of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology.
More than 200 publications in journals, books, conference proceedings, or as technical reports, with a total citation of around 8200, and an h-index of 38 (according to Google
Scholar, October 2014).
Editor of Advances in Water Resources from 1991 till 2001. He is now on the editorial boards of Transport in Porous Media (since 1989), Journal of Porous Media (since 2009),
The Open Hydrology Journal (since 2007), Special Topics & Reviews in Porous Media;
An International Journal, (since 2010), and member of International Advisory Board
of Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (since 2004). Member of American Geophysical Union,
American Association for Advancement of Science, Soil Science Society of America,
European Geophysical Union, International Association of Hydrological Sciences,
US National Groundwater Association, and The Netherlands Hydrological Society.
Has organized many conferences, workshops, and short courses. Invited or keynote speaker
in a large number of international meetings. Elected Fellow of American Geophysical Union in 2002,
Elected Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science in 2007.
Received honorary degree of Doctor-Ingenieur from Stuttgart University, 2008;
A recipient of von Humboldt Prize, 2010; Recipient of Don and Betty Kirkham
Soil Physics Award, 2011; Selected as 2012 Darcy Lecturer by the US National
Groundwater Association, 2011. Awarded a research grant of ca 2.4 Million Euro
by the European Research Council.