Professor Dr. Ashim Das Gupta holds an honorary position of Emeritus Professor of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. He retired in 2006 after serving the institute at various academic and administrative positions in Water Engineering and Management (WEM) program for over a period of 30 years. Prof. Das Gupta was instrumental in orienting the academic curriculum and research of WEM towards Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) which became the first well-established IWRM-based graduate program in the region. He developed and taught courses related to Hydraulics, Pipe and Open Channel Flow, Hydraulic Design, Computational Methods, Groundwater Development and Management, Groundwater Modeling, Water Resources System, Environmental Impact Assessment, IWRM and Research Design. His broad scientific interest is coupled with a steady and high productivity, and he also contributed to capacity building programs of several organizations like UNDP, UNEP, UN-ESCAP, UNESCO, UNU, Danida and German IHP/OHP.
Prof. Das Gupta has been extensively involved in professional activities of international associations like International Water Resources Association (IWRA) and International Association for Hydro-environment Engineering and Research (IAHR). As an Executive Board Member of IWRA (1989-2000) in the capacity of Vice-President (1992- 1994), Director (1989-1991), Chairman: Standing Committee on Membership (1995-1997) and Publication Committee (1998-2000), Prof. Das Gupta contributed to the growth of the Association as well as in its professional activities in the Asia-Pacific region by organizing IWRA sponsored regional conferences (2 in AIT and 1 in Nepal). Also as Secretary/Treasurer of Executive Committee: Asia and Pacific Division (APD) of IAHR (1981-2002), as Vice-Chairman (2003-2008), he initiated and contributed to the organization of 11 biannual regional congresses in member countries (including 2 in Thailand) and promoted professional exchanges among the IAHR members in the Asia and Pacific region. He has been conferred Distinguished IAHR-APD Membership Award in 2010.
In recognition of Prof. Das Gupta’s significant contributions to the advancement of hydrology and water resources and in the exchange of information at the international level, he was conferred with the “International Award” by the Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources in 2004. He also received the 2003 AIT Alumni Association (AITAA) Award for academic research and excellence. He received the Best Paper Award of ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (1999) for his publication on “Subsurface Characterization using Artificial Neural Network and GIS". Acknowledging his expertise and significant contribution in modeling and management, Prof. Das Gupta’s biographical sketch is cited in Who’s Who in Computational Science and Engineering (2005 Edition), Saxe-Coburg Publications, United Kingdom.
Prof. Das Gupta was consultant to Hanoi Water Resources University under a Danida project on “Support of Capacity Building at the Water Resources University, Hanoi, Vietnam” (2003-2007). He also served as Consultant to Water Resources Coordination Committee, Lao PDR in preparing IWRM-based academic curriculum in Water Resources Management for the National University of Laos (2007-2008) as well as provided Advisory Services on Groundwater Investigation and Management to Water Resources and Environment Institute (WERI), Lao PDR. He served as Consultant and Advisor to the Director General of the Department of Groundwater Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Royal Thai Government (2007-2009). Recently he was Guest Professor at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany under DAAD Project on Excellence Center for Sustainable Development Cooperation (EXCEED) – Sustainable Water Management. He also contributes to EuroAquae Master programme on Hydroinformatics and Water Management as Visiting Professor to the University of Nice during the September semester every year.
Prof. Das Gupta has moved to Australia and settled in Sydney. He is professionally attached with eWater, Australia as Principal Fellow.