Sorab Panday, PhD

Sorab Panday
Contact Information:
Chase Hall 225
Lincoln: East Campus

Research Professor (by courtesy)
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, 1989
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, 1986
  • B. Tech., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, 1984
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Hydrogeology
  • Groundwater / Surface-water interactions
  • Solute transport
  • Geochemical / biological Reactions
  • Modeling
  • Modeling Code Customization
Current Researchy and Applied Work
  • Integrating Richards Equation over cell thickness to provide consistent solutions for large grid-blocks
  • Subsurface heat transfer modeling for Borehole Heat Exchanger (BHE) applications
  • Integrating a solute transport model with geochemical reactions
  • Modeling project involving potential fuel spill migration in vadose zone and in groundwater
  • Modeling project for Owens Valley, CA


Directing, managing, developing, troubleshooting and reviewing flow and transport models for subsurface contamination evaluations, groundwater/surface-water interactions, and water resource management.

Honors and Awards

2015 recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award, presented by the National Ground Water Association for major science or engineering contributions to the groundwater industry through research, technical papers, teaching, and practical applications.

Elected in 2017 as a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for the development of computer code for solving complex groundwater problems.


Contracts and Research Grants

Selected Publications

“Impact of Local Groundwater Flow Model Errors on Transport and a Practical Solution for the Issue”, S. Panday, V. Bedekar and C.D. Langevin, Groundwater, 2017, doi: 10.1111/gwat.12627.

“Numerical Groundwater Modelling in Karst”, N. Kresic, and S. Panday, 2017. Advances in Karst Research: Theory, Fieldwork and Applications (Parise, Gabrovsek, Kaufmann and Ravbar Eds), Geological Society of London, Special Publications, 466,