Jitendra (Jitu) Kumar is a research staff member in the Environmental Sciences Division and the Climate Change Science Institute. His research interests include computational hydrology and hydrogeology, terrestrial biogeochemistry, landscape ecology, global optimization, data assimilation and large scale data analytics. Working at the intersection of computing and earth sciences, he is also interested in development of parallel algorithms and tools to bring high performance computing to bear for addressing computationally challenging problems in earth and climate sciences.
Prior to joining the Environmental Sciences Division, Kumar worked as postdoctoral research associate in Computer Science and Mathematics Division at ORNL. He received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University and MS in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. Kumar was the recipient of a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship that allowed him to pursue his master’s thesis research at Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany.
Kumar supplements his professional experience through membership in numerous professional societies. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society of Civil Engineers and is involved in organization of national and international conferences/workshops/meetings.