Debasmita Misra was born in the state of Odisha in India. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1988 in the field of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering in 1994. He is currently a Professor of Geological Engineering at UAF. He teaches undergraduate courses in subsurface hydrology, remote sensing for engineering, senior design and graduate courses in unsaturated or saturated groundwater flow and contaminant transport in subsurface. His research is focused on non-isothermal fluid dynamics in soils and its impact on transport processes.