Prof. Martinus Th. van Genuchten, PhD, Ir, Dr. Dr. h.c.
Rien van Genuchten has faculty appointments with both the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Department of Earth Sciences of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He previously was a senior scientist and Research Leader at the U.S. Salinity Laboratory in Riverside, California. He received his MS degree in Irrigation and Drainage from Wageningen University, and a PhD in soil physics from New Mexico State University. His interests are in vadose zone hydrology, contaminant transport processes, analytical and numerical modeling, characterization of the unsaturated soil hydraulic properties, and root-water uptake processes.