Dr Mahesh Prakash

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Dr Mahesh Prakash is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Data61 and leads a group of Scientists, Engineers and Software Professionals who develop and apply a diverse range of modelling and analytics techniques for urban environmental applications with a key focus on emergency and disaster management. His scientific and technical interests are in urban flood modelling, geospatial big data analytics and the confluence between environmental research (including climate change and climate change related risk) and technology including how an integrated approach could be applied to resolving some of the intractable challenges associated with deploying these tools for real world applications. He works closely with the Oceans and Atmospheres and Land and Water Business Units in order to achieve much needed cohesion between the deep science and technology expertise that lies within CSIRO in this exciting area of research.

Other Interests

Watching Documentaries on History of the World, Travelling, Badminton, Walking, Indian Classical Music, Jazz and Blues

Academic Qualifications

  • 2000

    PhD in Thermofluids Engineering (Victoria University and CSIRO, Melbourne, India)

  • 1997

    Bachelors in Chemical Engineering with Honours (Mumbai University, India)

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-present

    Senior Principal Research Scientist
    CSIRO Data61

  • 2007-pres

    Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics

  • 2003-2007

    Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences

  • 2000-2003

    Research Scientist at CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences

  • 1998-1999

    Visiting Researcher, Advanced Thermal Technologies Lab, CSIRO Division of Building, Construction and Engineering (now CMSE)

  • 1996-1996

    Trainee Engineer at Cochin Refineries Limited, India
    Cochin Refineries Ltd.


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