Salil Mahajan is a climate computational scientist in the Computational Earth Sciences group and the Climate Change Science Institute of ORNL. His research interests include climate dynamics and predictability, decadal/multidecadal climate variability, regional climate change, and air-sea interactions.
Mahajan received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 2002. He went on to obtain both his MS and PhD in atmospheric sciences from Texas A&M University in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Prior to beginning his work at ORNL, Mahajan was a postdoctoral research associate/visiting research scientist for the Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Program sponsored by Princeton University and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). He familiarized himself with ORNL during a 2007 summer fellowship with the Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies during which he worked in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division.