Dr. K.J. Reddy was born and raised in Hyderabad, India and received his undergraduate and Master's degree education from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India. Then he joined Distinguished Professor Willard Lindsay's research group at Colorado State University, earning his doctorate degree in Environmental Quality in 1986. He then joined Distinguished Professor James Drever at the University of Wyoming (UW) as a post-doctoral geochemist. From 1989-2000 he worked as research scientist at the University of Wyoming Water Research Center. In 2000 Dr. Reddy joined the Department of Renewable Resources (DRR) as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to full professor in 2005. From 2000-2010 he Chaired the campus wide Water Resources interdisciplinary graduate degree program. He also served as Associate Director for UW School of Energy Resources from 2008-2010. Currently, Dr. Reddy is a professor in the Department of Renewable Resources.
Professor Reddy is recognized for his distinguished contributions to the teaching, research, and outreach mission of the UW. He received highest teaching and research accolades including Lawrence Meeboer Teaching Award in 2003, Outstanding Educator-Of-The-Year Award in 2006 and UW's highest teaching honor John Ellbogen Award in 2008. University of Wyoming named Dr. Reddy as George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty in 2010. This is the highest UW honor given to a faculty member for scholarly contributions to research, teaching and advising, and outreach programs.
During his tenure at UW, professor Reddy has developed innovative teaching, research, and outreach programs focused on energy and natural resources and the environment. Dr. Reddy's distinguished programs share the common focus of tackling environmental issues that pose substantial challenges to sustainable energy development and the environment. Professor Reddy is a world-renowned scientist and received 3 US Patents and 1 Australian Patent for his discoveries at University of Wyoming. His high impact programs have spread beyond the scientific community to be featured in a variety of high visibility news and print media from local to global levels and brought unprecedented popularity to the college, university and state of Wyoming. Some of the examples include the following: