Research

1. Sustainable water resources management: I am interested in connections between surface and groundwater resources from qualitative (innovative treatment technologies/green remediation) and quantitative (LID/GI) perspectives.

Grants: 

“Impacts of Phosphorus on Surface Waters from Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems in a Changing Climate”, Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VT EPSCoR) – $9, 950 – 2013

Relevant Publications: 

Kulkarni, T., and A. Kubes, (2013), Trends in Potential Risks and Nutrient Releases from Septic Systems, World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, June 1-5, Portland, OR. Poster

2. Fate and transport modeling: I develop multi-compartmental toxicokinetic models to track contaminant fate and transport within the human body and use the modeling results to develop remediation strategies to address the risk.

Grants: 

“Pharmacokinetics”, Committee on Faculty Research Support (COFRS), Florida State University – $8, 000 (2001)

Relevant Publications: 

Contributor (2009). “Remediation Risk Management: An Approach to Effective Remediation Decisions and More Protective Cleanups”, Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council.

3. Engineering Education: I research pedagogical tools such as service-learning, ASCE’s ExCEEd model, classroom technology, engineering concepts in NGSS for K-12, etc.

Grants: 

“Service-Learning in Environmental Engineering” – Vermont Campus Compact and the TD Charitable Foundation– Environmental Service-Learning Teaching Mini-Grant – $600 – 2012

Relevant Publications: 

Kulkarni, T., (2014), Service-Learning Projects in Environmental Engineering Courses: Models of Community Engagement, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Zone 1 Conference, University of Bridgeport, April 3-5, 2014. Winner of the Xerox Foundation Award 

Mladenov, N., Kulkarni, T., and M. London, (2014), Use of In-Class Demonstrations and Activities to Convey Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering to Undergraduate Students, 121st American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 15-18, 2014, Poster

Kulkarni, T., and K., Dunkle, (2013), Teaching Quantitative Concepts in an Introductory Hydrogeology Class, Abstract, Geological Society of America, Vol. 45, No. 7

Supan, K., and T. Kulkarni (2013). State of Women in Engineering, Extended Abstract Presentation, Proceedings of the Northeast Section Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education.

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