AFM Kamal Chowdhury

Postdoctoral Researcher


Dr. Kamal has been working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Clean Energy Transformation Lab of Environmental Studies Program at the University of California Santa Barbara from July 2020. He completed PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2017, followed by a summer research fellowship in the Australian National University. In 2018 2020, Kamal worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore. Before that, he conducted several teaching and consultancy assignments in Bangladesh and Australia.


Water-energy Nexus, Power System Simulation, Hydropower, Hydrological Modeling, Stochastic Hydro-climatology


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, The University of Newcastle, Australia

B.Sc., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh


Kamal’s current research focuses on the impacts of climate change and weather-dependent renewables on the hydropower and broader electricity systems in Southern Africa, India, and other regions. In Singapore, he assessed the effects of hydro-climatic variability on the hydropower production at Southeast Asian river basins (Mekong, Chao Phraya, Irrawaddy) and operations of national/interconnected (Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar) electricity systems. Kamal is enthusiastic to develop tools to simulate and optimize engineering systems. He developed PowNet, a unit commitment economic dispatch model for large-scale power systems analysis. He also contributed to develop VIC-Res and VIC-ResOpt, the hydrological models for simulation and optimization of reservoir operations. Kamal’s PhD work contributed to a stochastic rainfall simulator, known as Decadal and Hierarchical Markov Chain (DHMC) model.