Indumathi JEYACHANDRAN, PhD Water Resources Engineering (India)

Indumathi Jeyachandran

Indumathi holds a PhD in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Utah and is currently working at San Jose State University, USA. Her latest research focuses on the observation and modeling of techniques for sustainable urban infrastructure planning.

Current position: Lecturer at San Jose State University, USA

Research focus: Modeling and observations techniques for sustainable urban infrastructure planning

In her PhD thesis, she developed a modeling framework to estimate urban heat fluxes and helped establish an urban water and energy observation network in the Salt Lake Valley. Afterwards, she did her postdoctoral research at Tennessee Technological University, USA.

For her achievements, Indumathi was awarded a Green Talent in 2010. She completed her research stay in Germany as a visiting scientist at the Institute for Energy Economics and the Rational Use of Energy at the University of Stuttgart, where she analyzed the impact of land-use change on energy demand and green house gas emissions using GIS. She returned to the University of Utah in 2009 to work as an Assistant Researcher.


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2010):

University of Utah, USA

Research focus: Urban systems sustainability

Indumathi Jeyachandran began her academic career in her native India where she earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Government College of Engineering in Salem and a master’s degree in remote sensing & geographic information systems (GIS) at Anna University in Chennai.

For her PhD, Jeyachandran went to the University of Utah in the United States. There, she developed a modelling framework to estimate urban heat fluxes and helped establish an urban water and energy observation network in the Salt Lake Valley. Subsequently, she did her postdoctoral research at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville till May 2009. Since June 2009, she is working with the research team at University of Utah as a visiting researcher.

Dr Jeyachandran’s research focus is urban systems sustainability. Maybe the most familiar example of the impact urban centres have on their environment is the phenomenon known as “urban heat island.” This refers to the fact that urban centres tend to be warmer than their surroundings because many of the materials they are made of do retain heat. Dr Jeyachandran is exploring how urban subsystems like water cycle, microclimate, energy use and others interconnect. The jury was impressed by the scientific work she has done on this subject and especially the spectrum of her work, which ranges from ground-based analysis to the use of satellite information. Given Dr Jeyachandran’s excellent research profile, her work has a lot of future potential.

Dr Jeyachandran is eager to participate in the Green Talents Forum. During her visit to Germany, she hopes to learn more about one subject that is particularly relevant to her work: “Germany has been pioneering in green roofs research, technology and usage,” she says.