About Me

   JAYANTHA OBEYSEKERA (Obey) 

jayantha@obeysekera.net

Chief Modeler, Hydrologic & Environmental Systems Modeling, South Florida Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm beach, Florida 33406 (jobey@sfwmd.gov)

Affiliate Research Professor, Center for Environmental Studies, College of Science, Florida Atlantic University (jobeysek@fau.edu)

Interests and Expertise:  Climate Change and Sea Level Rise,  Hydrologic Modeling in changing environments

Education

Undergraduate: University of Ceylon, Civil Engineering (Hons.), Sri Lanka, B.Sc., 1975.

Graduate:  University of Roorkee, India, P.G. Diploma., 1977. M.Eng.,1977‑1978, Colorado State University, Ph.D., 1981.

Diplomate, American Water Resources Engineers

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION AND NATIONAL COMMITTEES

  • Member, Surface Runoff Committee of the American Geophysical Union (term expired)
  • Member of the National Research Council committee to review recent hydrologic studies of the Klamath River Basin in Oregon and California (term completed)
  • Member of the National Research Council committee on Sustainable Water & Environmental Management in California Bay-Delta
  • Member of the National Research Council panel on Bay Delta Conservation Plan
  • External agency member to the US Army Corps of Engineers to review the hydrologic modeling of the New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina
  • Member of the organizing committee of the Federal interagency conference on hydrologic modeling and sediment transport
  • Member of the United States National Climate Assessment and Development and Advisory Committee (NCADAC) appointed by The Secretary of Commerce, US Department of Commerce
  • Member and Co-author, Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the National Climate Assessment (released 2012)

REGISTRATION

Registered Professional Engineer (No. 40202), State of Florida

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Oct. 2011 to present : Chief Engineer, Hydrologic & Environmental Systems Modeling, South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, Florida

Oct 2011: Appointed Affiliate Research Professor, Florida Atlantic University.

Oct. 2003  to Sep. 2011: Director,  Hydrologic & Environmental Systems Modeling Department, South Florida Water Management     District, West Palm Beach, Florida

May, 1995 to Sep. 2003: Director, Hydrologic Systems Modeling Division, South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, Florida

May, 1991: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Geology Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida (served on graduate committees)

May, 2000: Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida (served on graduate committees)

Jan. 1987 to Sep. 1987: Water Resources Engineer

Sep. 1987 to May. 1988:Staff Water Resources Engineer

May. 1988 to Sep. 1989: Senior Water Resources Engineer

Oct. 1989 to April, 1995: Supervising Professional Water Resources Engineer, Supervising Professional Civil Engineer, South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Jan. 1985 – Dec. 1986: Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Aug. 1982 – Dec. 1984:  Research Scientist, International Water Resources Institute, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Sep. 1981 – July 1982:  Research Associate, Hydrology and Water Resources Program, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Aug. 1978 – Aug. 1981:  Research Assistant, Hydrology and Water Resources Program, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

July 1976 – May 1978:  UNESCO Fellowship Holder, School of Hydrology,  University of Roorkee, Roorkee, India.

Jan. 1976 – June 1976:   Assistant Lecturer in Civil Engineering, University of Sri Lanka, Katubedda, Sri Lanka.

July 1975 – Dec 1975:Engineering Assistant, Hydrology Division, Irrigation Department, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Mar. 1975 – June 1975:Instructor in Civil Engineering, University of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

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