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 University of California, Irvine. She served as Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center "National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics," and Director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of research are hydrology and geomorphology, with special interest in scaling theories, multiscale dynamics, and space-time modeling of precipitation and landforms.
Dr. Foufoula-Georgiou 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 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 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 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 published over 130 journal - refereed papers and received the John Dalton Medal of the European Geophysical Union, the Hydrologic Sciences Award of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the Robert E. Horton Lecture award of the American Meteorological 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.