About

Naresh Devineni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering in The City University of New York’s City College. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. He did his post-doctoral studies at Columbia University. He also worked as a Consultant for the World Bank for a brief period in 2009. He has diverse interests in hydro-climate modeling and extremes analysis, statistical methods, water sustainability and risk assessment and water systems analysis. He is motivated by challenging problems interfacing human needs, engineering innovation and scientific advancement.

Naresh has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter, one full dataset, 14 opinion articles and white papers and 75 conference presentations. He has been invited as a panelist and speaker for more than 25 important panel discussions and meetings at international, domestic and university-wide conferences.

Naresh’s research has been supported by grants from major U.S. federal agencies like Department of Energy’s Office of Science (DOE), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Regional Transportation Center (UTRC), University Research Foundation (RFCUNY) and OAKRIDGE National Labs (ORAU).

At the City University of New York’s City College, Naresh teaches four courses, Civil Engineering Data Analysis, Civil Engineering Decision and Systems Analysis, Water Resources Systems Analysis and Advanced Data Analysis in the Civil Engineering department. He also conducts summer boot camps on statistics and water management for high school students as part of the CREST’s High School
program.

Naresh is the creator of a data science blog www.dataanalysisclassroom.com where people of all backgrounds and ages can learn data analysis, probability, and statistics in a fun and intuitive way without the technical lingo. The blog currently has 12000 users from across the world and receives an average of 7500 page views per month.

Naresh serves as a reviewer for the most prestigious journals such as Nature Scientific Reports, Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Hydrometeorology, ASCE’s Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Journal of Water and Climate, Journal of American Water Resources Association, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences and Climate Dynamics. He serves on the Scientific Committee of the Fresh Water Health Index and currently acts as a guest editor for Earth System Dynamics journal. He also served as a reviewer for NSF both in panels and as ad-hoc.

Naresh has been honored with several scholarly and professional awards including, the prestigious Early CAREER Award from the Department of Energy in 2017, the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award by Oakridge Associated Universities in 2016, and the CUNY Recognition for Outstanding Scholars Achievements in 2015 and 2014. He was also the sole nominee from CCNY for the prestigious national Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists. The student design team that he mentored won First Place in EPA’s National competition for campus rainworks challenge in 2016. In 2012, he received the Emerging Scholars Award finalist recognition from the Global Water Forum for his discussion paper on securing water food and energy for India. He is also one of the recipients of the Outstanding student paper award at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting for his graduate research, an honor given to the top 5% students in the Hydrology Section.

A full academic curriculum vitae of Naresh Devineni can be found here.

In the News

Major U.S. Cities Are at Risk for Climate-Related Water Shortage: Report [Boomberg]

Columbia University Featured Scientist [Columbia Water Center and Earth Institute]

“Mining” Groundwater in India Reaches New Lows Small-scale rainwater harvesting and new crops could fill the gap [National Geographic]

New Methodology Improves Winter Climate Forecasting Researchers have developed a new methodology that improves the accuracy of winter precipitation and temperature forecasts [USNews and NCState News]