Tingju Zhu joined the ZJU-UIUC Institute at Zhejiang University as a tenured Associate Professor in December, 2018. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (major in Water Resource Systems Engineering and minor in Agricultural and Resource Economics) in 2004. Prior to that, he earned his B.S.E. and M.S.E. degrees in Hydrology and Water Resources from Wuhan University and Tsinghua University, respectively. From 2005 to 2018, he worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. as a Postdoctoral Fellow, Senior Scientist and Research Fellow, conducting interdisciplinary research at the interface of hydrology, engineering, and economics for addressing real-world problems concerning sustainable water resource management, food security and associated socioeconomic outcomes under changing environment. He has led and contributed to many research projects funded by international organizations such as the World Bank, the U.S. National Science Foundation and other federal agencies of the United States, funding agencies of other OECD countries and private foundations. Through these research projects he collaborated with economists, engineers and natural scientists from academia and governmental research agencies internationally. He has co-advised Ph.D. students in major research universities, served on committees of professional association and international conferences as member or co-chair, is a reviewer of several major water, food and interdisciplinary academic journals, and serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management - ASCE. His research has been recognized by the Editors’ Choice Award (2011) of Water Resources Research (WRR), the flagship water journal of the American Geophysical Union, WRR Research Highlight (2018) and the INFORMS ENRE Best Publication Award in Natural Resources (2018), among others.
Water Resource Systems Engineering, Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Integrated Modeling of Global Water-Food Systems, Flood Protection Planning, Climate Change Adaptation, Water Economics and Policy