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Newsha K. Ajami

Senior Research Associate

najami_staff_photo.jpgDr. Newsha Ajami is a Senior Research Associate in the Water Program. She is a hydrologist specializing in sustainable water resource management, hydrological modeling, flood and water supply forecasting, and advancing uncertainty assessment techniques impacting hydrological predictions. Dr. Ajami is interested in the improvement of the science-policy-stakeholder interface through relevant and effective communication, sustainable resource management via integrated decision making, advancement of water data system, water technology development amid environmental awareness, evaluation of links between virtual urban and agricultural water use, and the socio-economic impacts of hydrological uncertainties and climate change impacts on water resources.  

Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Ajami served as a Science and Technology fellow at the California State Senate committee on Natural Resources and Water where she provided scientific insight on various resource related issues, analyzed many bills and also chaperoned three bills through the legislative process. Dr. Ajami has also collaborated as a consultant with Berkeley Economic Consulting (BEC) to evaluate the impacts of biological and ecological restrictions on California’s water resources, in particular the Delta, and also determine how we can mitigate these impacts by improving California’s water efficiency through water conservation, groundwater banking, recycling and desalination. She was a post doctorate researcher with Berkeley Water Center, UC Berkeley, focusing on improving the management of California’s water resources by developing an integrated operational platform encouraging collaboration between engineers, economists, and operational agencies.  She also served as an engineering analyst to develop decision support systems to manage multiple reservoirs in various parts of Iran.

Dr. Ajami received her Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California - Irvine, an M.S. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona, and a B.S. in Ccivil and Environmental Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic. She has published many highly cited peer-reviewed papers in predominant and was the recipient of 2010 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders scholarship, 2005 NSF funding for AMS Science and Policy Colloquium and ICSC-World Laboratory Hydrologic Science and Water Resources Fellowship from 2000-2003.

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