Dr. Assefa M. Melesse is a water resources engineer with background in remote sensing and geospatial applications to hydrologic modeling. He earned his M.E (2000) and Ph. D (2002) from the University of Florida in Agricultural Engineering with Hydrological Sciences and GIS concentrations and 3 minors (Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Remote sensing). His areas of research and experience include spatially distributed hydrologic modeling, ecohydrology, spatial surface water balance modeling, surface and groundwater interactions modeling, spatial evapotranspiration mapping using remote sensing, water-energy-carbon fluxes coupling and modeling, remote sensing hydrology, and land cover change detection and scaling. He is also working on the application of artificial neural network and other statistical learning techniques to hydrology. Dr. Melesse has ample experience in river basin runoff modeling employing GIS and data from remote sensing. Dr. Melesse is a registered Professional Engineer and also Diplomate of Water Resources Engineer with many years of teaching, research and extension experience both in Ethiopia and USA.