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.


“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.


“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.


“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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