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Indian American Hoshin Gupta of University of Arizona named Regents’ Professor

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Gupta’s work is among the most cited in the field of hydrology.

An Indian American researcher at the University of Arizona has been named Regents’ Professor, the state’s highest faculty rank. Hoshin Gupta, a member of the faculty of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences at the university, was among three professors recently elevated as Regents’ Professor recently.

Gupta was inducted at the annual ceremony held at the university on January 11, 2018.

Gupta is a hydrologist, systems theorist and philosopher with strong technical skills in complex algorithm development. His ideas, methods, and vision have set the standard in his field for 30 years and enhanced the ability to use models for learning and prediction in hydrology.

Gupta has tackled some of the most fundamental challenges of hydrologic modeling throughout his career. His multiple path-breaking contributions have enabled researchers to improve model parameterization, hydrologic modeling, and model evaluation.

An internationally reputed scientist, Gupta’s research across disciplines has contributed to the enhanced understanding of human-natural system interactions.

Gupta’s work is highly recognized nationally and internationally. One of his papers has been cited more than 1,500 times, and total citations for all of this work exceed 27,000 in Google Scholar. He has published 10 books and more than 170 peer-reviewed papers, and his work is among the most cited in the field of hydrology.

In the 2000s, Gupta was Executive Director of the SAHRA science and technology center to bridge water science with decision making. He was elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2009.

Gupta has received several awards and honors including the European Geophysical Union’s 2014 Dalton Medal and the American Meteorological Society’s 2017 RE Horton Lecture Award. In 2013, he was elected Tucson Electric Power Fellow of the Galileo Circle of the University of Arizona.

He has been selected by students as the winner of the department’s annual award for teaching excellence on five separate occasions. Additionally, he was recognized by the University of Arizona with the 2014-2015 Graduate College Graduate and Professional Education Teaching and Mentoring Award.

“Being a member of the UA community for almost 34 years has been a rewarding and enriching experience,” Gupta said. “To be recognized and valued in this way is very gratifying, not to mention extremely motivating.”

The award goes to full professors who have demonstrated achievements resulting in national or international recognition. Regents’ Professors are expected to exemplify the highest objectives and standards of the University through their scholarship, research or creative activities, and teaching.

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