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Budhendra Bhaduri

Budhendra Bhaduri

2010 Homeland Security Christopher Columbus Scholar


Geographic Information Science and Technology
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
PO Box 2008, MS 6017
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6017


  • Group Leader, Geographic Information Science and Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • 2010 Homeland Security Christopher Columbus Scholar


Dr. Budhendra Bhaduri is the leader of the Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and a founding member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geospatial Sciences Steering Committee. His primary responsibilities include conceiving, designing, and implementing innovative geocomputational methods and algorithms to solve a wide variety of national and global problems involving population dynamics modeling, natural resource studies, transportation modeling, critical infrastructure protection, and disaster management.

Dr. Bhaduri is also a principal member of the LandScan Global population modeling program at ORNL, which, in 2006 won a prestigious R&D 100 award as one of the top 100 global technologies serving society. He leads the LandScan USA high resolution population dynamics modeling program and was awarded a 2010 Homeland Security award by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. In addition to his contributions in human settlement studies, he has extensive experience of novel implementation of geospatial science and technology in other areas sustainable development research, including human dimensions of critical infrastructure, urbanization and watershed impacts, and energy resource analysis.

In 2009, he was appointed to the Mapping Science Committee of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. He is currently a member of Science Dean's Leadership Council at Purdue University, the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Geographic Information Science & Applications, and Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Expert Task Group on Acquisition of Roadway Information. He has published extensively in a number of leading scientific journals. Recently he served as a guest editor for two special issues of Springer's GeoJournal dedicated towards "The Geography of Global Population Dynamics." Dr. Bhaduri is actively involved with academic institutions for scientific collaborations and student engagement for research in geospatial science. He is a recipient of the Department of Energy's Outstanding Mentor Award for his dedicated service to the department for developing future workforce for the nation.


  • PhD, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University, 1998
  • MS, Geology, Kent State University, 1995
  • MSc, Geology, University of Calcutta, India, 1992
  • BSc, Geology, University of Calcutta, India, 1989


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