Venkatesh Merwade receives Graduate Student Mentorship Award
Venkatesh Merwade, Professor of Civil Engineering, received the 2022 Graduate Student Mentorship Award presented by the College of Engineering at the 2022 Faculty and Lecturer Excellence Awards Banquet.
Professor Merwade was chosen for the award for harnessing his graduate students’ individual needs, strengths, and capabilities, guiding them to win multiple national research grants and fellowships and achieve rewarding careers in academia and industry.
Merwade spearheaded multiple NSF-sponsored projects with worldwide significance. Under his guidance, students have addressed the water shortage in developing countries and developed a technique for predicting flood risks in large basins in data-poor regions. His unwavering support of his students has resulted in them winning competitive research grants and fellowships.
Merwade himself has earned a cadre of awards, including Purdue Civil Engineering’s Roy E. & Murna G. Wansik Teaching Award (2021) and the Highly Commended Paper Award from the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management for an article in the Journal of Flood Risk Management.