Soroosh Sorooshian is an Iranian-American distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California Irvine and currently serving as the Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing.
Dr. Sorooshian was born in Kerman, Iran in 1948 and is a member of such prestigious organizations as the National Academy of Engineering and the International Academy of Astronautics. He was also a chairman for the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment of the World Climate Research Programme. In 2009 he was appointed as the California Council on Science and Technology member.
In 2005 Dr. Sorooshian was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal  and in 2006 was awarded the Robert E. Horton Memorial Lectureship award by the American Meteorological Society. A year later, he became a recipient of the Great Man-made River Water Prize which was given to him by UNESCO itself for his scientific activities at University of California Irvine and the Sustainability of semi-Arid Hydrologic and Riparian Areas which is a division of the University of Arizona. In 2010, he became the 4th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water recipient and was named an honorary professor by the Beijing Normal University.