Andrew F. B. Tompson, PhD

Andrew Tompson

Title: Hydrologist, Researcher
Company: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Location: San Ramon, California, United States

Andrew Tompson, Hydrologist and Researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of hydrology.

Dr. Tompson earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Brown University in 1980. Having grown up in Nevada, he was well aware of water issues in the area and decided to pursue hydrology as a career, attending Princeton University. He earned a PhD in civil engineering in 1985, and started as a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1986, Dr. Tompson started as a staff scientist in the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Currently, he continues to work in this position, applying his expertise in hydrology and conducting research on water resources.

In addition to his work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dr. Tompson has worked in a variety of professional capacities throughout his career. Starting in 1997, he served as a member of the editorial board for Advances in Water Resources, remaining in this position until 2016. He worked as the deputy editor for Water Resources Research from 2000 to 2004, and associate editor from 2005 to 2011. Since 1994, Dr. Tompson has been a member of the editorial board for Computational Geosciences, and currently, he is a member of the American Geophysical Union.

Dr. Tompson has contributed more than 35 peer-reviewed articles to scientific journals and has been invited for over 80 briefings and presentations. He has also been a contributor to more than 50 technical reports. Most notably, Dr. Tompson has researched the development and application of groundwater flow and quality models, with particular emphasis on radioactive contamination. One of his projects involved working with a natural habitat restoration group, constructing objects for the water ministry at a druid up desert oasis.

For his work as a hydrologist, Dr. Tompson has been recognized with multiple awards and honors. He was the co-recipient of a Research and Innovations Award in Water Science, and a Distinguished Achievement Award for Extraordinary Programmatic Contribution from the Computations Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1996. He earned a “Spot” Award for his presentation “Hydrology of an ‘Ant Farm’” from the laboratory in 2015 and was named to The Research Council and Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science by the Sultanate of Oman in 2019. As a testament to his expertise and success, Dr. Tompson was featured in the 9th and 10th editions of Who’s Who in Science and Engineers.

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