Emmanouil Anagnostou, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director, UConn Tech Park
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Eversource Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering
Founding Director, Eversource Energy Center
Applied Research Director, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation
Dr. Anagnostou holds Ph.D. and MSc degrees in Hydrometeorology from the University of Iowa (1997 and 1995, respectively) and a diploma in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1990).
His research expertise is on remote sensing applications in water resources with focus on hydro-meteorological extremes and the synthesis of sociological and engineering methods to create people-centered solutions to the nexus problem of water, food and energy insecurities and risks. His research uses a systems-based approach that integrates earth observations, models and analytical methods across climate, hydrology, the environment and recently social sciences to reduce climate risks and promote sustainability of water and energy resources. He is leading university-wide initiatives on energy infrastructure resilience and power grid modernization and through his engagement with CIRCA he leads efforts for improving flood frequency estimation of inland and coastal communities. He had been science team member of NASA’s Precipitation Science Mission in the period 2000 and 2015. He led a Marie Curie Excellence Team (2007-2010) that investigated Earth Observations applications in water resources, and currently he is leading a National Science Foundation multi-institutional food and energy security project in Ethiopia (pire.engr.uconn.edu).
Notable is the recognition of his work, both in the United States and internationally, through the conferral of medals and awards — the 2002 Plinius Medal from the European Geophysical Union, the Marie Curie Excellence Award from the European Commission, the UConn Alumni Association excellence-in-research award, the NSF CAREER and the NASA New Investigator Award. He is inducted in the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Hydrology (a premier journal in hydrology and water resources).
Currently, he is supporting a research group of eight research-faculty, one post-doc and seven PhD students. In his 22 years at UConn, he has graduated 24 PhD and 14 MS (thesis) students and supervised 8 post-doctoral research associates. His research so far has resulted in 3 patents (one commercialized by a major weather service company and a second under consideration for commercialization by a major reinsurance company), 242 journal articles and 11 book chapters.