Dr. Hendrik Haitjema received his master's degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1982. His specialization is groundwater hydrology.
In 1984 he joined Indiana University where he served as a professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs until August 2012. He taught, among others, groundwater flow modeling and applied mathematics.
Dr. Haitjema's research interests include both the development and application of mathematical models for regional groundwater flow; three-dimensional flow embedded in two-dimensional models (Dupuit-Forchheimer models); fresh and salt water interface flow; transit time distributions in watersheds; and conjunctive modeling of surface water and groundwater flow. He specializes in the application of analytic functions to modeling groundwater flow, the Analytic Element Method (AEM).
In 1994 he published the analytic element model “GFLOW” and later his book Analytic Element Modeling of Groundwater Flow (Academic Press, 1995). He also published on the performance of the finite difference code MODFLOW and developed a hybrid GFLOW-MODFLOW modeling approach.
Haitjema regularly serves as a consultant to professionals and the public and was editor-in-chief of the international journal Groundwater from 2014 to 2020.