Harindra Joseph Fernando is the Wayne and Diana Murdy Endowed Professor of Engineering and Geosciences at the University of Notre Dame. Before joining Notre Dame in 2010, he was a professor and director of the Center for Environmental Fluid Dynamics at Arizona State University. As an academic, he embraced a diverse research portfolio that includes basic fluid dynamics, experimental methods, oceanography, atmospheric physics, urban meteorology, mountain meteorology, air pollution, fog, sustainability, environmental sciences and engineering, alternative energy sources, environmental acoustics, heat transfer, hydraulics, and fluids engineering. He has published more than 300 archival papers covering some 60 international journals as well as three monographs. As an educator, he has mentored 25 Ph.D. and 34 M.S. students and 25 post-doctoral fellows, while supervising more than 100 undergraduate research assistants. Fernando serves/served on numerous national and international committees, including those of AMS, AGU, APS, ASME, and IAHR. Among his appointments are the NSF Sumatra Tsunami Survey Team (2005), NSF Directors’ Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (2012–16), Louisiana Coastal Area Science Board (2006–11) and California Delta Independent Science Board (2012–22).
He attended the University of Sri Lanka (B.S.) and the Johns Hopkins University (M.A. and Ph.D.), and was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech. He is a Fellow of AMS, ASME, APS, and AAAS. He was elected to the European Academy in 2009, and awarded Docteur Honoris Causa from the University of Grenoble, France, in 2014, and Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from the University of Dundee, Scotland in 2016. He is the editor-in-chief of Environmental Fluid Dynamics, an editor of Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics and Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, and an associate editor of the Proceedings of the Royal Society (London). He was the lead principal investigator of many international land-based and oceanic.