Dr. Konstantine P. Georgakakos announced his retirement from HRC

Kosta

After over 30 years of unwavering dedication and conscientious work, Dr. Konstantine P. Georgakakos announced his retirement from HRC on 31 December 2023, where he served as Managing Director from July 1993 to September 2023.

Dr. Georgakakos founded the Hydrologic Research Center (HRC) in San Diego, California in July 1993, as a non-profit organization with the mission to address global water resources issues through hydrologic science and engineering, hydrometeorology, hydroclimatology, systems engineering, quantitative prediction, and disaster management. HRC has become a leading source of applied research expertise for developing sustainable solutions to global water affairs. What started as a dream for Konstantine has become a reality.

He has significantly contributed to water resources research, climate change adaptation, flood prediction, mitigation solutions, and education initiatives. His work toward developing regional early warning systems for flash flood diagnosis and prediction based on hydrometeorological science/engineering and remotely sensed and on-site data is of particular note. This work, together with his collaborators, partners, and HRC team, has led to the development and implementation of operational national and regional flood early warning systems that serve and have positively impacted the lives of more than 3 billion people across more than 70 nations.

Dr. Georgakakos holds a Master of Science and Doctor of Science degree from MIT. Before founding HRC, he held the position of Research Hydrologist at the U.S. National Weather Service/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and served as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa and Research Engineer at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR). He holds an Adjunct Professor position at the University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has dedicated himself to mentoring and advising graduate students, helping them successfully complete their Doctoral Dissertations. To date, he has served as a research advisor for nine graduate students and continues to provide guidance and support to current students in that same role.

Early on in his academic career, Dr. Georgakakos was honored by being awarded the “Presidential Young Investigator Award” of the U.S. National Science Foundation.  Among other awards he received the “John W. Orvel Water Resources Leadership Award” from the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Massachusetts; the “Advisory Committee Climate Services Award” from the California Department of Water Resources; the “Faculty Scholar Award” from the University of Iowa; and the “NRC-NOAA Associateship Award” of the U.S. National Research Council.

In 2016, Dr. Georgakakos was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for “seminal contributions to the development of hydrometeorological models and flood forecasting system and their application for the benefit of society.” He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and a Member of the American Society for Civil Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Greek Technical Chamber. His full resume can be found here (Konstantine P. Georgakakos CV) .

After contributing to the field of hydrology for more than 40 years, Konstantine (Kosta) has retired with more than 130 referred journal publications to his credit and numerous technical reports. He remains a part of the HRC family and serves as Senior Research Engineer Emeritus and President of our Board of Directors.

Kosta has been enjoying his well-deserved retirement with his wife Laura, their son Peter and his wife Whitney, and their three young grandkids.