Professor Braudeau, Honorary Scientist at Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Bondy, France, and an adjunct faculty at the Texas A&M Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Braudeau holds a Ph.D. (Faculté d’Orsay, Orsay-France, 1975) in Organic Chemistry and has more than 25 years’ experience in soil mapping, soil physical characterization and modeling at the ORSTOM/IRD (French Research Institute for the Development). Since 1979, Dr. Braudeau has held research positions in Africa (Congo, Senegal, Tunisia) and Martinique (2003-2006). He lead the laboratory of Hydrostructural Pedology in the IRD research center of lle de France (2008-2011) at UMR BIOEMCO, where he developed methodologies for soil characterization, mapping, and modeling its hydrostructural properties. Until his official retirement in 2014, Erik served as the principal investigator of the integrative environmental modeling group at Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI)-Qatar Foundation-Qatar (2011- 2014).