Lee A. Rieth Distinguished Professorship in Environmental Engineering, Professor of Civil Engineering and Agronomy
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051
Office: HAMP 3145B
Phone: (765) 496-6554
Ph.D., University of Hawaii, 1974
M.S., Colorado State University, 1970
B.S., Agriculture University, India, 1967
My inter-disciplinary research and graduate education programs in environmental/ecological sciences and engineering have covered diverse research interests that have spanned from lab-scale, process-level studies.
Current research and educational interests are focused on: (1) multi-scale modeling and analysis of landscape hydrologic and biogeochemical process linkages across human-impact gradients, including intensively managed croplands, urban catchments, and wetlandscapes, with pristine catchments serving as the reference; (2) resilience-based analysis of coupled natural and engineered complex systems, including food-bioenergy-water sustainability issues.
Past projects have involved development and use of models for research purposes and for decision making, with applications in catchment-scale water-quality analyses, and aquifer-scale studies on industrial land uses. assessments, groundwater vulnerability, contaminated site remediation, and watershed management.
Selected Research Projects
- Enhanced flux-based characterization of contaminated aquifer sites
- Fate and transport of pharmaceuticals and estrogens in croplands
- Multi-scale catchment modeling of coupled hydrologic and biogeochemical processes
- Resilience-based design of coupled industrial-natural systems
Honors & Awards
- Soil Science Research Award, Soil Science Society of America (1998)
- Appointed University of Florida Research Foundation Professor (1998)
- Sir Frederick McMaster Fellow, Council of Industrial and Research Organizations, Australia (1996)
- Appointed Graduate Research Professor, University of Florida (1993)
- Distinguished Faculty Service Award, University of Florida (1992)
- Environmental Quality Research Award, American Society of Agronomy (1991)
- Scientific & Technology Achievement Award, U.S. EPA (1990)
- Research Achievement Award, University of Florida (1990)
- Fellow, Soil Science Society of America (1989)
- Fellow, American Society of Agronomy (1989)
- Appointed Lee A. Rieth Distinguished Professor, Purdue University (1991)
- Fellow, American Geophysical Union (2007)
- Distinguished Alumni Research Award, College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources, University of Hawaii (May 2009)
- Basu, N.B., Destouni, G., Jawitz, J.W., Thompson, S.E., Loukinova, N.V., Darracq, A., Zanardo, S., Yaeger, M., Sivapalan, M., Rinaldo, A., and Rao, P.S.C., 2010. "Nutrient Loads Exported from Managed Catchments Reveal Emergent Biogeochemical Stationarity" (2010GL045168), Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 37, GL045168
- Basu, N.B., Rao, P.S.C., Winzler, H.E., Owens, P., and Merwade, V., 2010. Parsimonious modeling of hydrologic responses in engineered watersheds: Structural heterogeneity versus functional homogeneity. Water Resources Research, Vol. 46, W04501
- Botter, G., Basu, N.B., Zanardo, S., Rao, P.S.C., and Rinaldo, A., 2010. Climatic, hydrologic and biogeochemical controls on nutrient losses in streams, Water Resources Research, Vol. 46, W08509
- Mu, D.Y., Seager, T., Rao, P.S.C., Park, J., and Zhao, F., 2010. Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Ligno-cellulosic Ethanol Production: Biochemical Versus Thermochemical Conversion, Environmental Management, 46(4), 565-578.
- Mu, D.Y., Seager, T., Rao, P.S.C., and Zhao, F., 2010. A Resilience Perspective of Biofuels Production, Integrated Environmental Assessment & Management (In Press)
- Brooks, M.C., Wood, A.L., Annable, M.D., Hatfield, K., Cho, J., Holbert, C., Rao, P.S.C., Enfield, C., Lynch, K., and Smith, R., 2008. Changes in contaminant mass discharge from DNAPL source mass depletion: Evaluation at two field sites. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 102(1-2): 140-153.
- Basu, N.B., Rao, P.S.C., Poyer, I.C., Nandy, S., Mallavarupu, M., Naidu, R., Davis, G.B., and Patterson, B., 2009. Integration of traditional and innovative characterization techniques for flux-based assessment of dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) sites. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 105(3-4):161-172.
- Basu, N.B., Rao, P.S.C., Falta, R.W., Annable, M.D., Jawitz, J.W., and Hatfield, K., 2008. Temporal evolution of DNAPL source and contaminant flux distribution: Impacts of source mass depletion. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 95(3-4): 93-109.