Professor Jim Nelson earned his PhD in civil engineering with an emphasis in water resources at Brigham Young University in Utah. There he progressed from Research Assistant to Research Associate, to Assistant Professor
In 2008, he became a full Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Over his decades-long career, Professor Nelson has been a pioneer in developing digital modelling and informatics tools to help engineers and forecasters better simulate hydrological processes. His research has resulted in the development of water modelling software used by hundreds of organizations globally.
At Brigham Young University, he supervises and teaches numerous undergraduate and graduate students alongside his research activities. Professor Nelson has held editorial positions for scientific journals, as well as prestigious committee positions. He has also been awarded multiple fellowships and awards for his contributions to both teaching, scholarship and technology transfer.