Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering

Hydraulic and Hydrologic engineers work to prevent floods, to supply water for cities, industry and irrigation, to treat wastewater, to protect beaches, and to manage and redirect rivers. In the hydraulics and hydrology profession you will be using scientific study of the properties, distribution, and circulation of water on the surface of the land, in the soil and underlying rocks, and in the atmosphere.

In Civil Engineering's Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering specialty group, also sometimes termed Water Resources Engineering, you will deal with problems and issues involving the flow and storage of water. Specific applications have traditionally arisen in urban drainage, measures for mitigating the effects of floods and droughts, water supply, water treatment, and coastal protection. More recently, the flow implications for water quality have become of greater concern, and the transport of sediment, nutrients, and pollutants in natural or engineered watercourses has received greater attention. The Hydraulic and Hydrologic Faculty members are particularly interested in applying the latest software and hardware technologies to investigate, understand, and model fundamental flow and transport processes with the widest range of applications. Research opportunities may be found in projects dealing with turbulent flows, watershed hydrology, environmental hydraulics, and contaminant transport. The Hydromechanics and Burke Research Laboratories give undergraduate and graduate students hands-on learning opportunities to expand their experience here at Purdue.


September 2, 2021

Lake Michigan coastline erosion research brings in new data and diplomacy

Cary Troy, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, is part of a sweeping study funded through Illinois-Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs to assess Lake Michigan coastal erosion levels, causes, and management options from physical, social and community perspectives. The two-year project that began in 2020 is led by Troy, Guy Meadows with Michigan Technological University and Chin Wu at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
January 13, 2020

Rao "G.S." Govindaraju receives AIH Founders Award

Rao "G.S." Govindaraju, Bowen Engineering Head of Civil Engineering and Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering, has been recognized by the American Institute of Hydrology with the AIH Founders Award.
December 3, 2019

Cary Troy receives 2019 Golden Squirrel Award

"THANKS FOR GIVING" has become a Multidisciplinary Engineering (MDE) annual event of recognition for faculty across the college and campus. MDE Seniors have an opportunity to nominate a professor who provided them a superior learning experience throughout their journey at Purdue. The 2019 Golden Squirrel Scholar with the most "shout outs" is Dr. Cary Troy, Associate Professor of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, pictured here with senior Eleanor Coffin - one of the students who nominated him. Listen in on Dr. Troy's remarks on his recognition. Congratulations, Dr. Troy!
October 18, 2019

Rao "G.S." Govindaraju named ASCE Distinguished Member

Rao "G.S." Govindaraju, Bowen Engineering Head of Civil Engineering and Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering, has been named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Only 220 of ASCE's more than 150,000 current members can call themselves Distinguished Members.
July 22, 2019

Alka Tiwari awarded 2019 NASA FINESST Fellowship

Alka Tiwari, a first-year Ph.D. student in the field of Hydrology and Hydraulics in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, has been awarded the 2019 NASA Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) fellowship to pursue her research work. The FINESST fellowship is a highly competitive program, and Alka is the only recipient this year from Purdue University.
June 26, 2019

Jessica Eisma to advance TWIGA project at Delft University of Technology in Spring 2020

Civil Engineering PhD candidate Jessica Eisma (advised by Dr. Venkatesh Merwade) was named a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) award. Jessica will be using the award to spend the Spring 2020 semester at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands working on the Transforming Weather Water data into value-added Information services for sustainable Growth in Africa (TWIGA) project with Prof. Nick van de Giesen.
April 24, 2019

Rao "G.S." Govindaraju receives Ven Te Chow Award for lifetime achievement

Rao "G.S." Govindaraju, Bowen Engineering Head of Civil Engineering and Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering, has been recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) with the Ven Te Chow Award for lifetime achievement in the field of hydrologic engineering.
January 7, 2019

Sayan Dey selected as Purdue's 2018 EDC Student of the Year

Sayan Dey, a PhD student in hydraulics and hydrology, has been selected as Purdue's 2018 Esri Development Center (EDC) Student of the Year for his work on "Watershed scale River Channel Morphology Model: An ArcMap tool for automated generation of river channel geometry."
July 5, 2018

Professor Venkatesh Merwade receives Outstanding Achievement Award from Indiana Water Resources Association

Professor Venkatesh Merwade received the 2018 Indiana Water Resources Association (IWRA) Outstanding Achievement Award in academic sector at its annual symposium in Bloomington, Indiana on June 27, 2018. The IWRA award recognizes individuals who have made significant contribution to the Indiana Water Resources Community through research and technical advances, information dissemination and education.
October 11, 2016

CE PhD alumnae, Dr. Govindaraju receive ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award

Richa Ojha, Meenu Ramadas and Rao S. Govindaraju (Bowen Engineering Head and Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering) were the 2016 recipients of the ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award. The annual award is for scholarly review, evaluation, and documentation of the scientific and technical information needed by the profession.
September 29, 2016

Tilting flume increases educational impact of Burke Lab

The Purdue Lyles School of Civil Engineering is committed to providing our students, faculty, and staff with the best tools available to aid them in their research and study. One of the latest additions to our school is the tilting flume, located in the Christopher and Susan Burke Hydraulics and Hydrologic Lab in Hampton Hall.
June 24, 2016

Adnan Rajib wins 2016 ASFPM Student Paper Award

Adnan Rajib, a PhD Candidate working with Dr. Venkatesh Merwade in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, has won the 1st Prize in the 2016 Annual ASFPM Student Paper Competition.
May 6, 2016

Renovation of hydraulics tow tank to be completed this year

First built in the 1960s, the tow tank in the basement of Hampton Hall will be renovated by the end of 2016. According to Cary Troy, associate professor of civil engineering, the facility, owned by civil engineering's hydraulic and hydrologic engineering department, was built along with the building itself. It is designed to tow objects through a tank of water using a carriage at the top, which would allow researchers to measure, for example, the drag force from the fluid to the object.
April 7, 2015

CE grad student receives NSF Fellowship

Civil Engineering Master's student Jessica Holberg (advised by Dr. Venkatesh Merwade) was named a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship for the 2015 award year. This award provides a yearly stipend and the cost of tuition for a period of three years.
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