Dr. Tarendra Lakhankar is a scientist working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center at the City College of New York (CCNY) since 2008. He leads the “Water Prediction and Ecosystem Services” theme faculty and research team across all CESSRST Centers. He has designed, and led major field campaign sites, including Snow-SAFE (Caribou, ME) Soil Moisture Field Campaign (CUNY-SMART at Millbrook, NY), and PR-SMART (Puerto Rico). In 2017, he led the NYC-Urban HydroMet Testbed project, which installed 19 weather stations in key research and educational outreach locations such as NYC public schools, NYCHA properties, botanical gardens, libraries, and community colleges. These weather station sites can provide information to help solve the urban climate crisis (floods and heatwaves). In addition to his research, Dr. Lakhankar is an extremely passionate and dedicated mentor to CESSRST and CCNY students, particularly those who are underserved, underrepresented, and first-generation college students in the STEM fields. His technical experience includes the use of advanced mathematical and statistical methods (neural network, fuzzy logic, and machine learning) for data processing, mining, and web communications from environmental satellite remote sensing, meteorological datasets, and field observations.