Rao S. Govindaraju

Bowen Engineering Head of Civil Engineering and Christopher B. and Susan S. Burke Professor of Civil Engineering

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP 1141B
Phone: (765) 494-2256

Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1989
M.S., University of Kentucky, 1986
B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, 1984

Research Summary
Watershed hydrology, spatial variability, modeling surface and subsurface water movement, fate and transport of contaminants.

Selected Research Projects

  • 09/04 - 09/06, US EPA, Watershed scale evaluation of BMPs and their role in TMDL development

  • 07/04 - 12/05, Showalter Trust, Fate and transport of livestock antibiotics in Indiana watersheds, B. Engel, and L. Lee

  • 09/03 - 01/05, US EPA, Source identification of sediments and nutrients in watersheds

  • 09/03 - 08/07, FIPSE-Department of Education, Development of a student exchange program between Canada, Mexico, and USA in Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and Natural Hazards, V.P. Singh (LSU)

  • 04/02 - 03/04, PRF Grant, A random cluster conceptualization for aggregated soils: hydraulic properties and time scales of solute movement

Selected Publications

  • Arabi, M., J.S. Schmidt, and R.S. Govindaraju (2005). "A process-based transfer function approach to model tile drain hydrographs." Accepted, Hydrological Processes, 30 pp.

  • Arabi, R.S., R.S. Govindaraju, M.M. Hantush, B. Engel (2005). "Role of watershed discretization on evaluation of long-term impact of best management practices on water quality." Accepted, Journal of American Water Resources Association, 40 pp.

  • Arabi, M., R.S. Govindaraju, M. Sophocleous, and J.K. Koelliker (2005), Use of Distributed Models for Watershed Management: Case Studies, to appear in Watershed Models, ed. V.P. Singh, and D. Frevert, CRC Press, 20.1-20.21.

  • Govindaraju, R.S., C. Corradini, R. Morbidelli, and N. Nahar (2005), Infiltration and Run-on under Spatially Variable Hydrologic Properties, to appear in Handbook of Groundwater Engineering, ed. J.W. Delleur, CRC Press, 8.1-8.16.

  • Arabi, M., R.S. Govindaraju, and M.M. Hantush (2005), Spatial Scale Issues for Long-Term Modeling of Water and Dissolved Components in Watersheds, to appear in Physical Models of River Basin Runoff and Their Applications to Ungauged Basins, ed. Enda O'Connell, Kluwer Academic, 17 pages.