Curriculum Vitae


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

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

Work Experience:
Postdoctoral Researcher

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


Postdoctoral Researcher

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


Graduate Research Assistant

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

06-07/2011 & 

Graduate Student Visitor

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

Assistant Lectrer
Jimma University
Department of Electrical Engineering
Jimma, Ethiopia

Graduate Assistant
Jimma University
Department of Electrical Engineering
Jimma, Ethiopia

Awards & Honors:


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 
  • R
  • Python 
  • C/C++
  • JAVA
  • Shell script
  • ArcGIS