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My name is Tara Kulkarni and I am an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Norwich University. In this role, I am finally living my dream of being a teacher and educator. I have always wanted to teach, ever since I remember, so I am especially excited about fulfilling this dream here at Norwich. I have a B.E. in Civil Engineering from the College of Engineering Pune (India), an M.S. from the University of Toledo in Ohio and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. To supplement all this education, over the last several years during and after graduation I have worked in government, consulting and academia in various capacities. Some of the areas that I worked in include industrial wastewater treatment, hazardous waste regulation, petroleum cleanup and remediation, sustainability reporting and so on. My research focuses on modeling for improved environmental risk assessments, which can ultimately result in effective and sustainable engineering solutions for complex environmental contamination challenges. Specifically, I am involved in Physiologically Based Toxicokinetic (PBTK) Modeling in which mathematical expressions are used to show the fate and transport of an environmental contaminant in the human body upon exposure. The model results can then be used to determine short and long-term adverse effects on the exposed population and come up with engineering and non-engineering strategies to address the contamination concerns. While I love my research and want as many of you to get involved in my work and projects as I can convince, I am first and foremost your teacher. I am here for you to help you understand things better and be better engineers. I will answer all your questions, the best I can and work harder on answering the ones that you stump me with! In my classes, I will emphasize having a global perspective on all your decision making processes and engineering designs and solutions. I will harp on sustainability and keep questioning whether the engineering solutions you come up with are environmentally, socially and financially viable and remain so for future generations. I will constantly be learning from you as well, so just as I hold you accountable, make sure you do the same for me. We are all privileged to be part of an outstanding institution, so follow the Norwich Honor code and be exemplary students, and I will try and be an exemplary teacher.



Brief Biography:

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Norwich University. I teach introductory and advanced courses in Environmental Engineering as well as core Civil Engineering courses and labs. My research program is in sustainable water resource management, Green Infrastructure, and environmental modeling. I am also active in engineering education activities including service learning, K-12 STEM outreach and integrating research into undergraduate curriculum.

Contact Details:
Tara Kulkarni, Ph.D., P.E.
Norwich University
158 Harmon Dr,
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2268

  • Ph.D. (2004) Florida State University
  • M.S. (1999) University of Toledo
  • B.E. (1998) University of Pune (College of Engineering Pune)


  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering (class and lab)
  • Fluid Mechanics (class and lab)
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Hydrogeology
  • Sanitary Engineering
  • Introduction to Engineering (lab)


  • Sustainable Water Resource Management
  • Environmental fate and transport modeling
  • Environmental education through Service-Learning and K-12 STEM outreach

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Tau Beta Pi (TBP)

Select Fellowships and Awards (at Norwich University):

  • 2014 ASCE ExCEEd Assistant Mentor
  • 2014 Dana Category 1 Award, Norwich University
  • 2014 Curriculum Development Fellowship, Norwich University
  • 2013 ASCE ExCEEd Fellow
  • 2013-14 VT EPSCoR Pilot Project Grant
  • 2013 Charles A. Dana Fellowship, Norwich University
  • 2012 Curriculum Development Fellowship, Norwich University
  • 2012 NSF’s Science: Becoming the Messenger Fellow
  • 2012 Vermont Campus Compact Faculty Fellow (Scholarship + Grant)
  • 2011 Carol A. Moore Scholarship from the Vermont Women in Higher Education
  • 2011 Chase Junior Faculty Startup Grant, Norwich University