P. Suresh Rao

Lee A. Rieth Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Agronomy

Purdue University

Lyles School of Civil Engineering

550 Stadium Mall Drive

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051
Phone (765) 496-6554
Fax (765) 494-0395
Office HAMP 3145B
Ph.D., University of Hawaii, 1974
M.S., Colorado State University, 1970
B.S., Agriculture University, India, 1967
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Research Interests
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.
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Honors and 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)