Sanjay Mohanty, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Environmental Engineering

5732C Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593

Phone: (310) 206-7624
Fax: (310) 206-2222

Water Climate

Education and Experience

Postdoc, (2016), University of Pennsylvania
Postdoc, (2014), Stanford University
Ph.D., (2011), University of Colorado, Boulder
M.S., (2006), University of Hawaii, Manoa
B.Sc., (2000), Utkal University, India

Statement of Research Interest

I study the mechanisms of water quality impairment during climate change or by land-use changes during urbanization and apply this knowledge to develop methodologies to treat contaminated water at its source using managed or engineered natural systems. My research aims to answer the following questions:

  • How do shifts in weather patterns such as frequent freeze-thaw cycles, drought, and heavy rainfall affect the magnitudes and rates at which colloids, particulate organic carbon, pathogens and chemical contaminants are released from soils and into waterways?
  • How do natural and engineered ecosystems respond to extreme events during climate change?
  • How can we apply the knowledge gained from pore or column scale experiments to develop innovative restoration or remediation technologies at larger scales?

To answer these questions, our research group utilizes tools such as field observation, manipulative field experiments, bench and pilot scale column experiments, and geochemical and spectroscopic techniques.


Selected Honors and Awards

  • AWRA Scholarship, Colorado Division, Fall 2008.
  • Beverly Sears Graduate Grant Award (Best Proposal), U. Colorado at Boulder, Spring 2008.
  • 2007 ASCE/Walter Lum Scholarship, Hawaii Division, Spring 2007.
  • RCUH Recruiting Fellowship, U. Hawaii at Manoa, Fall 2006.
  • Everett E. Black Scholarship, U. Hawaii at Manoa, Fall 2006.
  • Stephen Lau Water Research Endowed Scholarship (Best Student Grant Proposal), Water Resource Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Fall 2005.
  • National scholarship by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, for 3rd rank in the state merit list in graduate level examination in Physics, 2002


CEE 263A – Physics of Environmental Transport (Spring): Transport processes in surface water, groundwater, and atmosphere. Emphasis on exchanges across phase boundaries: sediment/water interface; air/water gas exchange; particles, droplets, and bubbles; small-scale dispersion and mixing; effect of reactions on transport; linkages between physical, chemical, and biological processes.