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Kartik Venkataraman
Assistant Professor
Contact Information
Email:venkataraman@tarleton.edu
Office:Engineering and Computer Science # 111
Phone:254-968-9164

No Professional Website Available No Personal Website Available

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Courses Offered

Undergraduate
  • ENGR 1212 Engineering Fundamentals II (Spring)
  • ENGR 2322 Principles of Engineering II (Thermodynamics) (Fall)
  • ENGR 4360 Senior Design/Capstone (Spring)
  • ENVE 2310 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (Spring)
  • ENVE 2311 Soil Mechanics (Fall)
  • ENVE 3310 Engineering Hydrology (Fall)
  • ENVE 3400 Mechanics of Fluids (Spring)
  • ENVE 4310 Water Resources Engineering (Fall)
  • ENVE 4330 Texas Water Resources Management (Spring)
  • ENVE 4340 Advanced GIS Applications (Spring)

Research and Scholarly Activities

Research Activities
  • Impacts of climate change on wind speed and the water energy nexus in Texas. Tarleton State University Office of Faculty Research Organized Research Grant (2016-2017; $3489.95)
  • Modelling nitrate contamination of groundwater: implications for aquifer monitoring and management. Tarleton State University Office of Faculty Research Organized Research Grant (2013-2014; $9,811.11).
  • ). Multi-decadal hydrologic trends in the Brazos River basin of Texas. Tarleton State University Office of Faculty Research Organized Research Grant (2014-2015; $9,350.44).
  • GIS-Based DRASTIC Model for Assessment of Vulnerability of the Trinity Aquifer of Central Texas to Nitrate Contamination. Tarleton State University Office of Faculty Research Organized Research Grant (2012-2013; $8,211)
Scholarly Activities
  • ). Multi-decadal hydrologic trends in the Brazos River basin of Texas. Tarleton State University Office of Faculty Research Organized Research Grant (2014-2015; $9,350.44). [faculty mentor for undergraduate research]
  • Spatio-temporal hydrologic trends in South Texas. Tarleton State University Office of Student Research and Creative Activities (2014; $4000). [faculty mentor for undergraduate research]

Publications

Refereed Publications
Non-Refereed Publications
  • Venkataraman, K. and Uddameri, V. Mapping Arsenic and Nitrate Exceedance in Southern Ogallala Aquifer. American Water Resources Association Spring Specialty Conference on GIS and Water Resources VII, March 26-28 2012, New Orleans, LA.
  • Venkataraman, K., Ortegon, J., Uddameri, V., and Dyke, R. GIS Based Mapping of Wind-Powered Desalination Potential in South Texas. American Water Resources Association Spring Specialty Conference on GIS and Water Resources VII, March 26-28 2012, New Orleans, LA.
  • Rainwater, K, Jones, MW, Venkataraman, K, McEnery, JA, and Bathulla, A (2004). Sorption of Selected Metals on Blackwater Draw Sediments. Final Report to BWXT Pantex, Amarillo, Texas, 74 p.
Presentations
  • Venkataraman, K, Medina, A and Perry, J. Assessment of Long-term Drought Characteristics in 14 Major Texas Cities Based on CMIP5 Multi-Model Projections. Abstract H23N-1073, presented at Fall 2014 Meeting, American Geophysical Union San Francisco, Dec 15-19., 2014.
  • Venkataraman, K, Crawford, J and Emmert, K. Modeling Spatial Trends in Nitrate in the Middle Trinity Aquifer of Central Texas: A Comparison of Approaches. AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference: Portland, OR, November 4-7, 2013.
  • Venkataraman, K and Foyt, S. Modeling Vulnerability of the Middle Trinity Aquifer to Nitrate Contamination using a Geospatial DRASTIC Model. ASCE 2013 Texas Section Fall Conference, Dallas, TX. September 11-14, 2013.
  • Arsenic in the Southern High Plains aquifer system of Texas, USA. Anna University, Chennai, India. Jul 05, 2012.
  • Evaluation of the Potential for Brackish Ground Water Desalination using Wind Power in Coastal South Texas. CREST-RESSACA Environment and Energy Sustainability Conference: Houston, TX. April 26-27, 2012.
  • Mapping Arsenic and Nitrate Exceedance in Southern Ogallala Aquifer. American Water Resources Association Spring Specialty Conference on GIS and Water Resources VII: New Orleans, LA. Mar 26-28, 2012.
  • Impacts of Sea Level Rise caused by Climate Change on Saltwater Intrusion into the Gulf Coast Aquifer of South Texas. American Geophysical Union Fall 2011 Meeting: San Francisco, CA. Dec 5-9, 2011.
  • Speciation and Source Identification for Arsenic in the Southern High Plains (poster). American Geophysical Union Fall 2009 Meeting: San Francisco, CA. Dec 14-18, 2009.
  • Subsurface Occurrence, Distribution and Speciation of Arsenic in the Southern High Plains. American Geophysical Union Fall 2007 Meeting: San Francisco, CA. Dec 10-14, 2007.

Professional Affiliations & Accreditations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Sigma Xi

Degrees

  • PhD, Civil Engineering. Texas Tech University

Graduate Group Memberships

  • Tarleton State University Graduate Faculty Status

Kartik Venkataraman

Access to and availability of safe drinking-water is paramount for survival. My interests are centered on these very issues. Past and current research efforts include:

  • Studying the occurrence and distribution of arsenic in the High Plains of Texas
  • Evaluating the impact of Concentrated Animal Feed Operations (CAFOs) on nitrate occurrence in the Middle Trinity aquifer
  • Evaluating climate-change models for suitability of use for Texas water management
  • Studying trends in hydro-climatalogical variables

Multi-disciplinary student involvement (UG and MS) is a key component of all the afore-mentioned projects.