Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability
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Research Assistant, Geophysics Faculty Programs
BioAakash Ahamed (BS, with honors, Franklin and Marshall College; MSc, Boston College; PhD, Stanford University) is a hydrologist developing scientific methods for satellite and airborne remote sensing measurements with applications to water resources, natural hazards, and agricultural systems. His doctoral work focused on developing satellite-based models of groundwater mass changes in California's aquifers. Aakash previously worked as a support scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where he constructed satellite-based models of flood and landslide hazards. He has also developed remote sensing analyses and software at Ceres Imaging, a successful precision agriculture start up based in Silicon Valley, and interned as a GIS analyst at the World Wildlife Fund for Nature in Washington, DC.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Geophysics
BioSarfaraz Alam is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University, where he is modeling nitrate transport in groundwater and surface water to improve approaches to enforcement. His research integrates hydrologic modeling, contaminant transport, remote sensing, and data science to understand how climate and human-induced changes affect water resources and the environment. Sarfaraz earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UCLA in 2021.
Sarfaraz received an Outstanding Ph.D. student award, Dissertation Year Fellowship, and Graduate Division Fellowship at UCLA. He authored nine peer-reviewed journal articles and presented his research in over ten international conferences.