Vladan Babovic is a leading scientist in the field of hydroinformatics where he has been spearheading research in data-driven research and computer modelling of hydraulics and hydrological phenomena from early 1990's. In more recent years, his work on flexibility and real options pertaining to decision-making under deep uncertainties in water- and climate-related domains gaining wider recognition.  

In addition to being a leading researcher and educator, Vladan is a scientist entrepreneur who was instrumental in securing funding and subsequently lead establishment and managed growth of research institutes, 65 million Singapore Delft Water Alliance (SDWA) and NUSDeltares, for both of which he served s a founding Director. Under his leadership SDWA and NUSDeltares were recognised in March 2014 by prestigious Winsemius Awards.

Vladan obtained double Ph.D. degrees from UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands in 1995. In 2001 he obtained a business degree at IMD Lausanne (Switzerland). Prior to joining National University of Singapore, he was Head of Emerging Technologies at Danish Hydraulic Institute (1995-2002) and Senior Research Scientist at WL | Delft Hydraulics (2003-2005).

Vladan is an active member of several professional associations, such as International Association for Hydraulic Research and Engineering, International Water Association European Geophysical Union and American Geophysical Society. He serves on scientific boards of a range of journals and conferences.

Honours and Awards

  • Fellow, International Water Association
  • Albert Winsemius Award for leadership of Singapore DelftWater Alliance and NUSDeltares
  • Arthur Thomas Ippen Award, International Association for Hydraulic Research
  • Talent Award, Danish Academy of Technical Sciences
  •  Jaroslav Cerni Award as the best Civil Engineering Graduate