June 2010


Professor Vijay P. Singh, Ph.D., D.Sc., D. Eng. (Hon.), Ph.D. (Hon.), P.E., P.H., Hon.D.WRE, F. ASCE, Hon. Member AWRA, is the inaugural Caroline and William N. Lehrer Distinguished Chair in Water Engineering and Professor of Civil & Environmental, and of Biological, and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University. Professor Singh has been recognized for four decades of leadership in research, teaching and service to the hydrologic and water resources engineering profession. Singh's contribution to the state of the art has been significant in many different specialty areas, including hydrologic science and engineering, hydraulic engineering, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, irrigation science, soil and water conservation engineering, entropy-based modeling, and mathematical modeling.

Dr. Singh has been the recipient of 56 national/international awards from professional organizations. He is a recipient of the Arid Land Hydraulic Engineering Award (2002), Ven Te Chow Award (2005), Torrens Award (2009) and Norma Medal (2010), all given by ASCE. He was awarded the Ray K. Linsley Award for outstanding contributions to surface water hydrology and the Founders Award of AIH. He has been awarded two honorary doctorates one by University of Waterloo, Canada; and the other by the University of Basilicata, Italy. He is a fellow of ASCE, AWRA, IE, ISAE, IWRS, IASWC, and IAH; a member of AGU, IAHR, IAHS and WASER. He is member/fellow of 10 engineering/science academies.


Singh at Waterloo University 2010 Convocation ceremony.

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Vijay has been licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) for thirty-seven years and has been a life member of ASCE and a Fellow for fourteen years. He has also been licensed as a Professional Hydrologist (PH) by the American Institute of Hydrology since the inception of AIH. Dr. Singh became a Diplomate of AAWRE in 2005 and in 2008, he was elevated to the Honorary status unanimously by AAWRE Board of Trustees.

Professor Singh has volunteered his time and resources to a variety of charity work in the U.S. and abroad. Most significantly, he has founded and supported on his own a school to provide almost free secondary education to poor rural children in India. For his charitable and public service work, he was nominated for the Hoover medal, given by the professional societies to recognize an individual for outstanding contributions in civic and humanitarian service.

In this AAWRE feature, Professor Singh shared his thoughts on his transition of moving from India to North America, his love of teaching and research, and his passion and vision for his school and their future.