Curriculum Vitae

Education: 

2013: PhD, Environmental Engineering
University of Connecticut
Dissertation Title: Hydrologic Data Assimilation for Operational Streamflow Forecasting


2009: MSc, Environmetal Engineering
University of Connecticut
Thesis Title: Riverflow Fluctuation Analysis: Effect of Spatial Scale


2004:
BSc, Electrical Engineering
Jimma University
Project Title: Automatic Face recognition

Work Experience:
09/2016-present:
Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Oxford
School of Geography and the Environment
Oxford, UK

11/2013-09/2016:

Postdoctoral Researcher

European Commission Joint Research Centre
Institute of Environment and Sustainability
Ispra, Italy

08/2007-08/2013:

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Connecticut
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Storrs, CT, USA

06-07/2009,  
06-07/2010, 
06-07/2011 & 
06-08/2012:

Graduate Student Visitor

Naional Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Research Application Laboratory
Boulder, CO, USA

07/2006-08/2007:
Assistant Lectrer
Jimma University
Department of Electrical Engineering
Jimma, Ethiopia

07/2004-07/2006:
Graduate Assistant
Jimma University
Department of Electrical Engineering
Jimma, Ethiopia

Awards & Honors:

2011-2013:

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for application entitled “Ensemble data assimilation of satellite-based soil moisture and surface water area estimates for accurate flood forecasting.”
2012:Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from Graduate School, University of Connecticut.
2011:Multidisciplinary Environmental Research Award from the Center for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE) Fellowship, University of Connecticut.
2011: Advanced Graduate Student Fellowship from School of Engineering, University of Connecticut, “in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and potential for future professional accomplishments in Engineering”
2011: Doctoral Student Travel Fund from Graduate School, University of Connecticut awarded for traveling to present research results at conference.
2010: Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Environmental Engineering Program, University of Connecticut
2004: Gold Medal, from Jimma University Senate, Jimma, Ethiopia. This is awarded each graduation year to only one student from all Engineering departments for achieving academic excellence.
2000: Outstanding Freshman of the year, Jimma University Students Union Jimma, Ethiopia.
1999: Award from The State of Oromia for 4.00/4.00 Score  of National College Entrance Examination, Oromia, Ethiopia.
                                
Professional Membership
  • American Geophysical Union
  • International Association of Hydrological Sciences 
  • IEEE Geosciences and Remote Sensing Society
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society
  • International Flood Working Group
  • Sigma Xi
Review for International Journals
Computer Programming/Software

I have done major research project(s)(with advanced level of proficiency) using the following programming languages or software. Comfortable with Linux/Unix OS.
 
  • IDL 
  • FORTRAN 
  • MATLAB 
  • R
  • Python 
  • C/C++
  • JAVA
  • Shell script
  • ArcGIS