Tarendra Lakhankar

Tarendra Lakhankar, PhD, PE
Director, Education and Training Pillar, CUNY CREST Institute
Director, Environmental Remote Sensing and Data Analytics (ERSA) Lab
NOAA Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies (CESSRST)
The City College of the City University of New York
ST-185, Steinman Hall, 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031
Email: tlakhankar (at) ccny.cuny.edu  Office: 212-650-5815

Dr. Tarendra Lakhankar is an accomplished researcher with a strong academic background and a wealth of experience in the fields of environmental engineering, remote sensing, and data analytics. Despite growing up in a poor family in a small village near Tumsar, Dr. Lakhankar was determined to achieve his dreams, and he pursued a diploma in civil engineering, ultimately earning a Bachelor of Engineering from SGGSIE&T, Nanded, and M.Tech. from VNIT, Nagpur.  Dr. Lakhankar’s passion for research led him to pursue a PhD in Civil Engineering (Water Resources) from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2006, following which he worked as a NOAA-postdoctoral scientist at CIRA in Colorado State University. He has since become a researcher in the field of remote sensing, using advanced mathematical and statistical methods such as neural networks, fuzzy logic, and machine learning to process and mine environmental satellite and meteorological datasets and field observations. He is a mentor to PhD, MS, BE, and middle/high school students in New York City and was inspired by the character of Rancho from the movie “3 Idiots”.  Dr. Lakhankar designed and executed operational remote sensing-based field campaigns for snow and soil moisture, which were used to calibrate and validate NOAA and NASA’s satellite missions to enhance forecast algorithms for climate and hydrological applications. He has also worked on various research projects related to flash flood warning systems, snow product development, urban hydro-meteorological test-beds, and climate adaptation strategies. Dr. Lakhankar has organized international and national-level conferences and meetings related to climate and remote sensing.  He has also served as an editor for international journals. His dedication to scientific research and his passion for community outreach has been recognized through the S.T.A.R. Award in 2022, for his service and dedication to the City College of New York.

Dr. Lakhankar's Biography in Marathi Language (2022)
Dr. Lakhankar's Biography in Hindi Language (2022)

English version of Biography (Draft Version)
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