Sorab Panday, PhDResearch Professor, Biological Systems Engineering
By Courtesy, Civil & Environmental Engineering
- 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
- Groundwater / Surface-water interactions
- Solute transport
- Geochemical / biological Reactions
- Modeling Code Development and Customization
Current Research and Applied Work
- Customizing unstructured groundwater flow and transport model with analytical solutions of matrix diffusion
- 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
About Sorab Panday
Sorab Panday became a Research Professor of Biological Systems Engineering in 2019. He’s also a Principal Engineer at GSI Environmental with over 30 years of experience.
Sorab has worked on hydrologic and hydrogeologic modeling projects spanning a wide range of schedules and budgets. These projects involve multiple spatial and temporal scales; complex geological settings; diverse stakeholder concerns; extreme climatic conditions; unique water/contaminant management issues; and challenging numerical conditions.
Sorab has also developed groundwater modeling software and is the lead author on MODFLOW-USG, an unstructured-grid version of MODFLOW released by the US Geological Survey. He is the 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. He was also elected as a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2017 for the development of computer code for solving complex groundwater problems.
He earned his Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Washington State University; his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware; and his B. Tech. in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.
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
“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, https://doi.org/10.1144/SP466.12
“Hydraulic-Head Formulation for Density-Dependent Flow and Transport”, C.D. Langevin, S. Panday, A.M. Provost, Groundwater, 58(3), 2020, doi: 10:1111/gwat.12967.