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: 

  1. Kulkarni, T., Pervious Concrete Filters for Sustainable Water Resource Management, P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet, EPA-G2014-P3-Q4 – Water; $ 14, 957 – 2014-2015.
  2. Kulkarni, T., “A suitability model for Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development Projects to manage stormwater in Vermont watersheds”, Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VT EPSCoR), $9,917 – 2014-2105.
  3. Kulkarni, T., “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 – 2013-2014.

Relevant Publications: 

  1. Kulkarni, T., (2015), Green stormwater infrastructure suitability for CSO communities in Montpelier, Vermont, Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems: Managing our resources despite growing demands and diminishing funds, Proceedings of the World Environmental Water Resources Institute Congress, May 19-21, Austin, TX, pp. 282-291.
  2. Kulkarni, T., (2015), Using LID Projects to Engage K-12 Audiences: A Rainwater Harvesting Story, Proceedings of the International Low Impact Development Conference of the Environmental Water Resources Institute, Houston, TX, 2015, pp. 93- 104.
  3. Kulkarni, T., (2014), “Municipal Drinking Water”, Report Card for Vermont’s Infrastructure, American Society of Civil Engineering, Vermont section. Available at http://www.vtasce.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-ASCE-Report-Card.pdf
  4. Kulkarni, T., (2014), “Municipal Wastewater”, Report Card for Vermont’s Infrastructure, American Society of Civil Engineering, Vermont section. Available at http://www.vtasce.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-ASCE-Report-Card.pdf
  5. Kulkarni, T., and A. Kubes, (2014), Trends in Potential Risks and Nutrient Releases from Septic Systems, World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, June 1-5, Portland, OR. Poster.

Other highlights: 

Invited Talks/Presentations: 

  1. 2016: Report Card: Vermont Infrastructure, Resilient Vermont Conference, Norwich University, 2016 (with Jessica Louisos, and Amanda Hathaway-Corrente)
  2. 2016: GSI: Northfield Walking Tour of Green Infrastructure and Flood Recovery, Resilient Vermont Conference, Norwich University, 2016 (with Ann Smith and Michele Braun)
  3. 2016: Radio Interview, Vermont Edition, Vermont Public Radio, May 17
  4. 2016: Emerging Issues in Water Security, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Seminar
  5. 2016: Creating a STEAM pipeline through Green Infrastructure Outreach, Green Infrastructure Symposium, University of Vermont, March 30, 2016.
  6. 2015: Video Interview on Watershed Moments, Vermont EPSCoR, June 4, 2015: Available at http://epscor.w3.uvm.edu/2/node/2202?URL=http://www.uvm.edu/~epscor/jwplayer.php?video=video/wm_Tara_wm2015_final_h264-1b.mp4
  7. 2015: University of Vermont, Seminar on “Vermont’s Water Infrastructure, Sustainable and Resilient?” in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  8. 2014: Radio Interview on the Mark Johnson Show October 9, 2014: – Available at http://markjohnsonshow.podbean.com/e/10914-tara-kulkarni-norwich-university/?token=8bc2c026b0120a579ea10f0c18f3d2ef
  9. 2014: Lyndon State College: Water Sustainability and Infrastructure, March 31, 2014

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: 

  1. Kulkarni T., Lutz, M., Roberge T., and D. Westerman, Contributing to development of a flood education park in Northfield, VT., Campuses for Environmental Stewardship, Four State Campus Compact Consortium and the Davis Education Foundation – $4,000 (2015-2016).
  2. Kulkarni, T., “Service-Learning in Environmental Engineering” – Vermont Campus Compact and the TD Charitable Foundation– Environmental Service-Learning Teaching Mini-Grant – $600 – 2012

Relevant Publications: 

  1. Kulkarni, T (2016) Rebuilding in the Floodplain: Revolutionizing Engineering Education through Municipal Infrastructure Projects, Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Northeast Regional Conference, University of Rhode Island, April 28-30, 2016. Available at http://egr.uri.edu/wp-uploads/asee2016/133-485-1-RV.pdf
  2. Tefe M., and Kulkarni, (2015), Educating the engineering educator, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Northeast Regional Conference, Northeastern University, April 30- May 2, 2015.
  3. Kulkarni T., Affolter, R., and D. Bailey, (2015), Energy sustainability and engineering education for K-8 teachers, Journal of Sustainable Education, Vol. 8, January 2015, Available at http://www.jsedimensions.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Kulkarni-et-al-JSE-Vol-8-Jan-2015.pdf
  4. Kulkarni, T., (2014), “Service Learning as a Pedagogical Tool for Citizen Stewards”, The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, 2, http://digitalcommons.plattsburgh.edu/commongood/vol2/iss1/4
  5. 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. (Best Professional Paper Award from the Xerox Corporation)
  6. 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, Accepted
  7. Kulkarni, T., and K., Dunkle, (2013), Teaching Quantitative Concepts in an Introductory Hydrogeology Class, Abstract, Geological Society of America, Vol. 45, No. 7
  8. Supan, K., and T. Kulkarni (2013). State of Women in Engineering, Extended Abstract Presentation,

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Engineering at NU