Curriculum Vitae

Short Biography

Dr. Kam is an assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Science and Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). Before joining POSTECH, he was an assistant professor the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa from August 2017 through December 2019. Before going to Bama's hometown, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton University, and a visiting scientist at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory from 2015 through 2017. His professional education experience started at Purdue University in 2006. He completed BSE in Civil Engineering at Purdue University in May 2010. He completed his Ph.D. study at Princeton University. The title of his Ph.D. thesis is "A Multi-Scale Study of U.S. Drought Risk and Predictability." His research interests center on 1) hydroclimatology with a focus on drought mechanisms and predictability, 2) large-scale hydrologic modeling including anthropogenic processes, and 3) hydrologic forecasts over coupled natural and human systems. Recently, he is interested in 4) disaster informatics, particularly social response to water-related disasters from the lens of Big Data such as Google Trends, Twitter, and other socioeconomic data.


  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2015

M.A., Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012

  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

B.S.E., with honors, Civil Engineering, 2010


  • 01/2020 - present: Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Science and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea

  • 03/2020-02/2022: Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence, POSTECH, South Korea

  • 01/2020-05/2023: Graduate Faculty, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

  • 08/2017 - 12/2019: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

  • 04/2015 - 08/2017: Visiting Scientist, Climate Impacts and Extremes Group, NOAA GFDL, Princeton, NJ

  • 04/2015 - 08/2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate, The AOS Program, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

  • 09/2010 - 03/2015: Graduate Research Assistant, CEE, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ


  • 2019: IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award for Environmental Research Letters for 2019

  • 2013: 1st Place Student Poster Presentation Award, 27th Conference on Hydrology at the 93rd AMS Annual Meeting

(with students)

At the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (08/2017-12/2019):

  • 2020: Sungyoon Kim (PhD student: an awardee of the Alabama Graduate Research Scholars Program (GRSP). This award can amount up to $25,000.

  • 2019: Junho Song (PhD student): a winner of the 1st place Graduate Student Poster Competition at the Alabama Water Institute Symposium 2019 (The award prize is $250).

  • 2019: Madden Scuibba (MA student): a recipient of the Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Science, Technology, and Policy Program

  • 2018: Jeffrey Edmondson (MA student): a recipient of the Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholars during the 2018 Lifesavers Conference



At POSTECH, Pohang, South Korea (01/2020-present):

  • NRF of Korea: Marine Carbon Variability Monitoring Technology Research Team (해양탄소변동 감시기술연구단)

      • Awarded Amount: 1.5 million US dollar for three years (2020-2023; $500k per year)

      • Role: Co-PI (30%; $125k per year)

      • Proposed Project Period: 2020-2023

At the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (08/2017-12/2019):

  • UCAR: Center for Remote Sensing of Snow and Soil Moisture Measurements

      • Awarded Amount: $10 Millions

      • Role: Co-PI (4.5%; $450,000)

      • Proposed Project Period: 2018-2020

  • NSF P2C2: Collaborative Research: NSF P2C2-Paleo-perspectives of streamflow variability for Southeastern Interstate Rivers

      • Awarded Amount: $348,769.00

      • Role: Co-PI (10%: $34,877)

      • Proposed Project Period: 2018-2021

  • EPA GMP: Analyzing Past and Future Trends in Streamflow and Extreme events in Coastal Watersheds of Mississippi, Alabama, and Northwest Florida

      • Awarded Amount: $299,214.00

      • Role: Co-PI (10%: $29,921)

      • Proposed Project Period: 2017-2020


At the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (08/2017-12/2019):

  • CE591-320 Computational Hydrology (Spring 2018/Fall 2019)

  • CE475/575 Hydrology (Fall 2017, 2018, 2019/Spring 2019)

  • Averaged score of Instructor: 4.12 out of 5

F. PUBLICATIONS (<-click to see the list of publications)


  • Editorial Board Member:

Associate Editor: Weather, Climate, and Society (2019-present)

Reviewer Editor: Frontiers in Water- Water and Built-in Environment Section

  • Committee Member:

Korean Meteorological Society: International Cooperation Committee Member (since 11/2019)

  • Reviewer

Grants: NSF Hydrologic Sciences ad hoc reviewer (2017)

Peer-reviewed Research Article Journals: Nature Communications, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Atmosphere, Environmental Research Letters, Geophysical Research Letters, Hydrological Sciences, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Hydrology Research, International Journal of Climatology, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Journal of Hydrometeorology, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Natural Hazards, PLOS ONE, Water, Water Policy