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Shafiqul Islam

Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Water Diplomacy Program
Professor, Water Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Shafiqul Islam

Shafiqul Islam

Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Water Diplomacy Program
Professor, Water Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Phone 617-627-4290
Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
water diplomacy, hydroclimatology, hydroepidemiology, remote sensing, climate challenges
Biography: 

Shafiqul (Shafik) Islam is professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a professor of water diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was the first Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering at Tufts. Islam seeks to understand, characterize, measure, and model water issues ranging from climate to cholera to water diplomacy, with a focus on scale issues and remote sensing. His research group, WE REASoN, integrates "theory and practice" and "think and do" to create actionable water knowledge. He works with a diverse network of national and international partnerships to conduct multi-year and multimillion dollar interdisciplinary collaborative research for a wide range of problems focusing on water, health, and climate. Islam maintains an active national and international consulting and training practice, including: flood forecasting in India; national water planning in Bangladesh; water policy planning for ExxonMobil; and advising South Asian Consortium of Interdisciplinary Water initiatives. He has acted as a consultant to the World Bank, United States Geological Survey, Proctor and Gamble, and a number of other governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Education: 
Sc.D., Hydrometeorology and Hydroclimatology, MIT, 1991
M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Maine, 1987
B.S., Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 1983
Professional Experience: 
2010-present:

Director, Water Diplomacy | IGERT Program, Tufts University

2008-present:

Professor of Water Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

2006-2009;

Associate Dean for Research, Tufts School of Engineering

2004-present:

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

1991-2004:

University of Cincinnati, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • 2001-2004: Professor
  • 2000-2004: Director of Graduate Studies
  • 1997-2000: Associate Professor
  • 1995-2004: Founding Director, Cincinnati Earth Systems Science Program
  • 1991-1996: Assistant Professor
1983-1984:

Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Research Interests: 

Shafiqul Islam's research interests include water diplomacy, hydroclimatology, hydroepidemiology, remote sensing, and climate challenges.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2016: Creativity Award, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water
2004: Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering, Tufts University
2004: Distinguished Senior Faculty Research Award, University of Cincinnati College of Engineering
2001: Senior Fulbright Scholar
1984: Commonwealth Scholar in Engineering
Selected Professional Activities: 
2012-present: Founding Editor, Anthem Water Diplomacy Series
1997-2001: Associate Editor, Reviews of Geophysics
1995-2001: Associate Editor, Water Resources Research