Ximing Cai


Colonel Harry F. and Frankie M. Lovell Endowed Professor

Ven Te Chow Faculty Scholar in Water Resources

Donald Biggar Willett Faculty Scholar

"Water management problems are complex; they require interdisciplinary approaches."

2535c Hydrosystems Laboratory

301 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 333-4935
(217) 333-0687

Ximing Cai received his B.S. in Water Resources Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, in 1990, M.S. in Hydrology and Water Resources at Tsinghua University in 1994, and Ph.D. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering in 1999. Before he joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, he worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC as a Postdoctoral Fellow (1999-2002); and as a joint Research Fellow at IFPRI and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Colombo, Sri Lanka (2002-2003).

Dr. Cai teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in water resources engineering, surface water hydrology and application of geographic information systems, and river basin management.

Dr. Cai is a registered professional engineer (Maryland since 2002). He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Geographic Union, and International Water Resources Association.

Research Overview: 

Dr. Cai’s research interests include large-scale system optimization, river basin planning and management, drought management, water resources economics and policy, geographic information system and spatial statistics, and international water resources development.