Tissa Illangasekare, PhD
AMX Distinguished Chair and Professor
Colorado School of Mines
Tissa Illangasekare is the AMAX Endowed Distinguished Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and the Director of Center for Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes (CESEP). He received his PhD in Civil Engineering specializing in subsurface modeling from CSU and an Honorary Doctorate from the Uppsala University, Sweden. He is a Fellow of American Geophysical Union (AGU), Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a Fellow of Soil Science Society of America. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Professional Hydrologist, Board Certified Environmental Engineer by American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Diplomate of American Academy of Water Resources Engineers and recipient of 2012 Darcy Medal from European Geosciences Union (EGU) for outstanding scientific contributions in water resources research and engineering. He was a Shimuzu Visiting Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University in 2012. He is the past editor of Water Resources Research, past editor of Earth Science Review and past co-editor of Vadose Zone Journal. He was the 2015 recipient of the AGU’s Langbein Lecture Award (a Bowie lecture) given in recognition of lifetime contributions to the science of hydrology. He received the 7th Prince Sultan Abdulaziz International Prize for Groundwater from Ban Ki-Moon at UN in 2016. In January 2017, President Obama appointed him to the Nuclear Waste Technology Review Board. His research experience and expertise are in mathematical and numerical modeling of flow and transport in porous and fractured media, unsaturated and saturated zone processes, multiphase flow, carbon storage, remediation of contaminated sites and sensor technologies for environmental and hazard monitoring. He was the PI and co-PI of a number of SERDP and ESTCP funded projects related to NAPL mass transfer and reactive processes, model and remediation technology development and vapor intrusion. He is the current President-elect of INTERPORE.