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Picture of Foufoula-Georgiou Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Ph.D.

Dr. Efi Foufoula-Georgiou was appointed to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board by President Barack Obama on September 25, 2012.

Dr. Foufoula-Georgiou is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, Irvine. From 1989-2016 she was a faculty at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she was a McKnight Distinguished Professor and the Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Chair in Environmental Engineering. She has served as director of the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED) and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. Her area of research is hydrology and geomorphology, with special interest in scaling theories, multiscale dynamics, and space-time modeling of precipitation and landforms.

Dr. Foufoula-Georgiou has served on many national and international advisory boards, including the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academies, the Advisory Council of the Geosciences Directorate of NSF, and the Earth Sciences Subcommittee of the Science Advisory Council of NASA. She has also been a member of several National Research Council committees, the most recent one producing the report "Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences." She has served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences and as an elected Trustee of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Foufoula-Georgiou has published over 170 journal refereed papers and has been the recipient of several awards including the John Dalton Medal of the European Geophysical Union (EGU), the Hydrological Sciences Award of American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the Hydrologic Sciences Medal of the American Meterological Society (AMS). She is a fellow of AGU and the AMS and is an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences. In 2012, she was elected president of the Hydrology Section of AGU.

Dr. Foufoula-Georgiou received a diploma in civil engineering (1979) from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. (1985) in environmental engineering from the University of Florida.

Dr. Foufoula-Georgiou resides in Irvine, California.


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