Dr. Hai Pham

( Desert Research Institute )


(702) 862-5541
  • Institution:Desert Research Institute
  • Departments: Division of Hydrologic Sciences
  • Research Fields: Groundwater Modeling, Uncertainty Analysis, Optimization, High-performance Computing, Hydrostratigraphic Architecture, Experimental Designs
  • Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Engineering, Water Resources Engineering
  • Location:Clark County
  • Funding:DoE - Department of Energy, USGS - U.S. Geological Survey


I have helped many graduate students in modeling, coding, GIS and so on.


I am currently a postdoctoral fellow working in the Division of Hydrologic Sciences (DHS), at the Desert Research Institute (DRI). I obtained my Ph.D. in Hydrology from LSU. Before I joined DRI in 2016, I worked as a postdoc fellow at LSU.

My research aims to reduce uncertainty in groundwater modeling with focus on developing computer programs for prediction of flow and contaminant movement in porous and fractured media, uncertainty assessment of hydrologic parameters, conceptual models, and scenarios, optimization, and experimental designs using high-performance computing systems. At DRI, I am developing computer models to predict flow and radionuclide transport through fractured rock aquifers at the Pahute Mesa of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).

I enjoy conducting research and publishing, developing grant proposals as well as teaching university courses and mentoring students.