Velu Rasiah was born in 1943 in Sri Lanka. He received his B.S. degree (agriculture) in 1970 from the University of Ceylon, and M.S. and Ph.D. from South Dakota State University, USA, in 1983 and 1986, respectively, specialising in modelling soil water flow/redistribution and root-water uptake. As a research officer with the Department of Agriculture in Sri Lanka he worked on on-farm water management techniques, cropping, and farming systems. He was a Research Associate/Scientist at the University of Guelph, Canada, from 1987 to 1995 and researched in soil structural degradation and rehabilitation for which he used fractal mathematics. During the same period, he also researched the beneficial utilization of wastes from paint, rubber, and oil drilling, and land farming of oil refinery wastes. Between 1996 and 1998, he was at the University of Western Australia, as a Research Fellow and worked on computer-assisted tomography (CAT) to characterise soil structure and porosity. In 1999, he joined the Department of Natural Resources, Queensland, Australia and working as a Senior Scientist now. During this period, he worked on nitrate retention at anion exchange sites, nitrate leaching to groundwater, spatiotemporal dynamics of nitrate in groundwater, nitrate export from groundwater to streams, aquatic ecosystem hazard/risk analysis linked to nitrate in groundwater, riparian buffers, soil physical health, and salinity. As a Visiting Professor at the Arid Land Research Centre, Tottori University, Japan in 2000-2001, 2003, and 2005-2006 he worked on saline water irrigation in arid and semiarid sandy soils. He is a Member of the Soil Science Society of America for 27 years and is listed as one among the 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st century, IBC Cambridge, and Marquis Who is Who in science and engineering.
Biography Updated on 4 September 2011