Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Iraj Javandel

Iraj Javandel

Iraj Javandel

Senior Scientist

Hydrogeology Department



Phone: 510-486-6106

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

Iraj Javandel is a Geological Senior Scientist in the Earth Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  His expertise is in characterization and remediation of contaminated groundwater.  During the last twenty years his work has been mainly focused on the environmental restoration of the Berkeley Laboratory.

Research Interests

  • Aquifer restoration
  • Heat transfer aspects of nuclear waste isolation in crystalline rocks.
  • Investigation of water resources of Livermore Valley, California.
  • Study of hydrologic issues in site characterization for nuclear waste isolation in salt domes.
  • In situ determination of properties and parameters controlling vertical groundwater movement in geological materials.
  • Chemical transport in groundwater.
  • Deep well injection.
  • Study of key issues in aquifer restoration and contaminant cleanup.
  • Contaminant transport in fractured porous rocks.
  • Multiphase transport of petroleum hydrocarbons in subsurface environment.
  • Capture-zone type curves for aquifer cleanup.
  • Hydrologic detection of abandoned wells.
  • Development of hydrologic techniques for detection and characterization of leaky faults and other potentially conductive structural features.
  • Density driven flow of gas in the unsaturated zone due to the evaporation of volatile organic compounds.
  • Dissolution and transport of nonaqueous phase liquids in groundwater.
  • Soil vapor extraction.
  • Thermally-enhanced vapor extraction


  • Ph.D., 1968 (Civil Engineering), University of California, Berkeley
    • Major Field: Hydrogeology
    • Minor Fields: Mathematics and Hydraulics.
  • M.Sc., 1965 (Geological Engineering), University of California, Berkeley.
  • B.Sc.,  1961 (Mining Engineering), University of Tehran, Tehran.

Professional Experience

  • 1989‑present, Senior Scientist, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), University Of California.
  • 1992‑present, Program Manager, Environmental Restoration Program, LBNL.
  • Co-Group Leader (1989-1993), Reservoir Engineering and Hydrogeology Group, Earth Sciences Division (ESD), LBNL.
  • Staff Scientist III and Principal Investigator (1980-1989), ESD, LBNL.
  • Technical Unit Manager (1989-1994), Environmental Restoration Program, LBNL.
  • Visiting Associate Professor and Associate Research Engineer (1973-1974) and (1978-1979), University of California, Berkeley.
  • Chairman, Dept. of Civil Engineering (1969-1973), Pahlavi University, Shiraz.
  • Associate Professor (1970-1980), Pahlavi University, Shiraz.
  • Assistant Professor (1969-1970), Pahlavi University, Shiraz.
  • Assistant Research Engineer (1968-1969), University of California, Berkeley.
  • Member of Editorial Board of Groundwater Journal (Jan. 1992-Dec. 1994).

Teaching Experience

  • Taught Fluid mechanics, Introduction to fluid flow in rocks, Fluid flow in porous media (both analytical and numerical) in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Taught short courses on Groundwater Modeling Methodology and Application for the EPA and other regulatory staff in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco and for the Arizona Department of Water Resources in Phoenix.
  • Taught Groundwater, Open Channel Hydraulics, Geological Engineering, Water Supply Engineering, Hydrology and Advanced Groundwater, (1969-1978), at Pahlavi University, Shiraz.

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Performance Award for outstanding achievement in support of the mission and goals of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, from LBNL Director and EH&S Director, February 2003.
  • Outstanding Performance Award for outstanding achievement in support of the mission and goals of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, from LBNL Director, ESD Director, and EH&S Director, November 2000.
  • Outstanding Performance Award from LBNL Director and ESD Director, September 1993.
  • Jane Lewis Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley, two years, 1964-1966.
  • Four-years scholarship for graduate studies in the United States of America.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union.
  • Member of the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers.