Amjad Assi (Google Scholar)
Professor Assi is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University. Assi’s work with the multi-scale hydrology group at Purdue University and as a graduate research associate with Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar Foundation, was instrumental in providing the heretofore missing conceptual linkage between the soil organization and its hydraulic functionality by identifying a set of physical parameters each of which quantifies specific physical and structural properties of soil medium. Dr. Assi helped establish the soil hydro-structural characterization laboratory at Texas A&M University. Dr. Assi was the 2013 outstanding graduate student of Purdue’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. His work directly addresses the twin critical issues of food security and water security: primary global challenges, most profound in arid regions, where local food production must be managed under particularly harsh environmental conditions. His primary research interests with the NEXUS research group is to develop a methodology for better accounting of Green Water, hydro-structural characterization of the soil-water medium at the pedon, field and watershed scales, and the impact of water reuse on the hydro-structural characteristics of the soil medium. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering from Birzeit University, Palestine. His Ph.D. is from Purdue University (2014). While in Palestine, Assi was an engineer with the Palestinian Hydrology Group, Ramallah, where his work addressed watershed management and modeling, environmental assessment of pollution sources on water resources, vulnerability and risk management and mapping, conventional water sources rehabilitation and development, groundwater artificial recharge, and hydrological monitoring.