Auroop R. Ganguly

Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director,  Sustainability & Data Sciences Laboratory (SDS Lab)
Professor (by courtesy),  Khoury College of Computer Sciences
Professor (by courtesy),  Marine and Environmental Science
Professor (by courtesy),  Political Science
Professor (by courtesy),  School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Chief Scientist, Advanced Computing, Mathematics, and Data Division, Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate,  US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Adviser,  risQ Inc.


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Research Focus

Geoscience (Climate Science, Hydrology, Hydrometeorology); Engineering (Infrastructure Resilience, Water Resources, Lifeline Systems); Data Sciences (Machine Learning, Data Mining, Nonlinear Physics)


Auroop R. Ganguly is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where he has affiliate appointments with the Khoury College of Computer Science and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. His research intersects weather and hydrologic extremes under climate change, lifeline infrastructures resilience under compound extremes, as well as machine learning and nonlinear physics. He has a joint role as a Chief Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Ganguly co-founded the Boston-based climate analytics startup risQ. Prior to Northeastern, Ganguly worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a research institute of the US Department of Energy, and at Oracle Corporation, along with a best-of-breed called Demantra Inc. which was subsequently acquired by Oracle. He has been in review panels of the United Nations (UN) Environmental Programme and other US and global agencies, his work has been cited by the UN and US intergovernmental and national reports, and he has delivered invited/keynote talks at workshops organized by the US National Academies and NSF. Ganguly is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as well as a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and obtained a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2002
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 1997
  • B.Tech., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, 1993

Honors & Awards

Ganguly has published in interdisciplinary journals such as Nature, Nature Climate Change, PNAS, PLOS One, Nature’s Scientific Reports, won best paper awards in highly selective machine learning or AI conferences such as ACM Knowledge Discovery and Data mining (KDD) and SIAM Data Mining (SDM), best poster awards at AGU (American Geophysical Union) and AMS (American Meteorological Society) meetings, published a textbook on Critical Infrastructures Resilience and an edited book on Knowledge Diacovery from Sensor Data, produced papers in top disciplinary journals spanning areas such as geosciences, infrastructures, climate, water, information theory and data science, developed US patents in climate risks and infrastructures resilience, and co-founded a climate analytics startup. Prior to his role as a professor at Northeastern University, Ganguly was a senior scientist at US DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the computational science and engineering division, where he helped define their knowledge discovery theme and won several awards for significant research contributions and outstanding mentorship. He has led or co-led funded research projects worth about ~$30 Million in his independent research career. Before Northeastern and ORNL, Ganguly was the product manager of Demand Planning at Oracle Corporation, and a senior product manager of Analytics and Strategy at Demantra Inc., which in turn was subsequently acquired by Oracle. Ganguly considers his biggest accomplishment to be the success of his current and former students, postdocs and visiting professors, who range from scientists at federal agencies and national laboratories like NASA and ORNL, leaders in the private industry including the CEO of a successful startup, as well as successful and award-winning global academics at places like the Indian Institute of Technology campuses.

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Teaching Interests

  • CIVE 3464 (Undergraduate): Probability and Engineering Economy for Engineers (Spring, Fall)
  • CIVE 5363 (Undergraduate/Graduate): Climate Science, Engineering Adaptation, and Policy (Spring, Fall)
  • CIVE 7100 (Graduate): Applied Time Series and Spatial Statistics (Spring)
  • CIVE 7110 (Graduate): Critical Infrastructure Resilience (Fall)
  • CIVE 4777 & CIVE 4778 (Undergraduate): Climate Change Science and Policy Abroad (Summer)

Leadership Positions

Appointments: Private Industry and Government

  • (Joint) Chief Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, 2020-Now
  • Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Adviser, risQ Corp., Cambridge, MA, 2016-Now
  • Senior Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, 2004-2011
  • Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, AnalyticsSmart Inc., Tampa, FL, 2003-2004
  • Senior Product Manager, Demantra Inc., (Acquired by Oracle) Waltham, MA, 2003
  • Product Manager of Demand Planning, Burlington, MA, and Time Series Software Developer, Nashua, NH, Oracle Corporation, 1998-2003

Appointments: US Academia

  • Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 2011-Now
  • Joint Faculty (with ORNL), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2006-2011
  • Visiting Faculty, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2003-2004

Appointments: Indian Academia

  • Guest Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, 2021-Now
  • International Visiting Professor, Computer Science and Environmental Science, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India, 2018-2021
  • Visiting Professor, Interdisciplinary Program on Climate, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India, 2013-2015

Professional Affiliations

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Research Overview

Geoscience (Climate Science, Hydrology, Hydrometeorology); Engineering (Infrastructure Resilience, Water Resources, Lifeline Systems); Data Sciences (Machine Learning, Data Mining, Nonlinear Physics)

Ganguly’s research domains include urban sustainability (e.g., initial ~25 min of this National Academies presentation) and climate change (e.g., this NSF news and this Nature highlight), as well as spatiotemporal machine learning (e.g., see Fig 2b of this Nature Perspective and this Nature commentary) and network science for lifeline infrastructure (e.g., this DoD SERDP video).

Sustainability & Data Sciences Laboratory

Our focus has been on understanding the science of climate extremes and uncertainty, translation to impacts with a particular focus on the water sector, and informing policy in the context of adaptation and mitigation. Our approaches blend interdisciplinary data sciences with physical process understanding from climate model simulations and remote or in-situ sensor-based observations.

Sustainability & Data Sciences Laboratory

Selected Research Projects

  • Suite of “Experiential PhD” projects (NASA, ORNL, PNNL, risQ, others): The SDS Lab provides a relativelty unique opportunity to PhD students and postdoctoral associates to work closely with our collaborators (including SDS Lab alums) at NASA Ames, US DOE Labs such as ORNL and PNNL, as well as the private sector including startups such as the SDS Lab spinout risQ. The SDS Lab students or postdocs on these experiential projects often end up spending substantial time on-site at the federal agencies (e.g., NASA), national labs (e.g., ORNL and PNNL), and the private sector (e.g., risQ) and are usually also funded by them at Northeastern. The students and postdocs have often been absorbed into these or related organizations post-graduation depending on interests.
  • CRISP Type 2: Interdependent Network-based Quantification of Infrastructure Resilience (INQUIRE)
    Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • CyberSEES: Type 2: SEA-MASCOT: Spatio-temporal Extremes and Associations : Marine Adaptation and Survivorship under Changes in extreme Ocean Temperatures
    Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • NICE: Networked Infrastructures under Compound Extremes
    Principal Investigator, Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program
  • Multigraph Theeory for National Critical Functions
    Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Homeland Security (via joint Chief Scientist role at US DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Research Centers and Institutes

NSF Expeditions in Computing (graduated)

Northeastern Global Resilience Institute

Twenty-Five Selected Publications (led by Ganguly and/or his students/postdocs)

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Spotlight Story

Aug 11, 2022

A Perfect Storm Hit an Imperfect Climate Dialogue

By Auroop R. Ganguly, Professor, Northeastern University Instructor, 2022 Climate Dialogue in Tanzania When I generally hear the now clichéd phrase “this is not rocket science”, I usually try to smile in a way that I hope comes across as amused tolerance. When my graduate students use the phrase however, I gently tell them that […]

Auroop Ganguly

In the Media

Jul 27, 2022

Ganguly Quoted in Two Newsweek Articles

CEE Professor Auroop Ganguly was quoted in two Newsweek articles about the increased droughts that have caused water levels to drop in Lake Mead and Lake Wilson.

Evan Kodra


Jul 27, 2022

Alum Evan Kodra Is Driven to Make a Difference

His own entrepreneurial success inspires him to support future change-makers Evan Kodra, who earned his PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering in 2014, is determined to create positive change in the world. One aspect of that commitment is his role in co-founding risQ, a start-up company that factors the impacts of climate change and social equity into […]


Jul 22, 2022

Record Temperatures Impacting Health and Infrastructure

CEE Professor Auroop Ganguly and MES/CEE Assistant Professor Samuel Munoz have been predicting that climate change would lead to record-breaking temperatures that would affect people’s health and dangerous environmental conditions.


Jul 06, 2022

Ganguly Working with UN Panel on Ozone Protection

CEE Professor Auroop Ganguly will be working with the United Nations Environmental Programme to examine the latest research on reducing the hole in the ozone layer.


Jun 09, 2022

PhD Students Contribute to Boston Area Climate Change Impact Report

PhD engineering students and alumni, who conducted research in Professor Auroop Ganguly’s Sustainability and Data Sciences Lab, contributed to the new research report published by The Greater Boston Research Advisory Group (G-BRAG), titled “Climate Change Impacts and Projections for the Greater Boston Area”, describing how climate change will impact the Boston area.


Jan 24, 2022

risQ Acquired by Intercontinental Exchange

CEE Professor Auroop Ganguly’s spinout company risQ, a climate modeling and analytics company founded by him and his former PhD students, was acquired by Intercontinental Exchange last month.

Nishant Yadav

Spotlight Story

Oct 19, 2021

Experiential PhD Spotlight with Nishant Yadav

Nishant Yadav, PhD interdisciplinary engineering student, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, participated in the Experiential PhD program. His research is in applying machine learning and AI to solving problems in climate and the environment. He joined CEE’s Sustainability and Data Sciences Lab at Northeastern under Professor Auroop Ganguly, and then worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, then NASA Ames Research Center, and is now starting work at Hitachi AI Labs.

In the Media

Oct 12, 2021

Climate Challenge: Latinos disproportionately impacted by wildfires

CEE Professor Auroop Ganguly’s risQ climate startup, with CEO Even Kodra, PhD’14, interdisciplinary engineering, and a former member of Ganguly’s SDS Lab, was featured in an NBC news article on Latinos Disproportionately Impacted by Wildfires. View around 0:30 to around 0:50, and at around 0:40 to around 0:50 of the video.


Jun 07, 2021

Summer 2021 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Congratulations to the COE student recipients of the Summer 2021 PEAK Experiences Awards. The PEAK Experiences Awards are a progressively structured sequence of opportunities designed to support learners as they continue climbing to new heights of achievement in undergraduate research and creative endeavor throughout their Northeastern journeys. BASE CAMP AWARDS Ana Salichs, E’22, “Colorimetric Assays […]

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