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Dr. Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, PhD
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Director, School of Global Sustainability
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Av CGS101
Tampa FL 33620
Phone:  (813) (813) 974-9694
Fax: (813) 974-9694
E-mail: vairavk@grad.usf.edu


Ph.D. Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Imperial College, University of London
MSc in Environmental Engineering, Imperial College, University of London
B.S. Civil Engineering, King’s College, University of London


Areas of Interest
Sustainability, Urban water systems in developed and developing countries, coupled with strong skills in mathematical modeling, optimisation, and risk management.


Dr.  Vairavamoorthy is an internationally-recognized expert on urban water issues who has worked to create clean and sustainable water and sanitation systems through programs for UNESCO and the European Union.  He currently directs the USF School of Global Sustainability. In his career, Vairavamoorthy has led groups of researchers studying the future of sustainable water systems for cities and how urban areas might respond to water issues in the face of climate change and population growth. His current research is in: development of new techniques for the flexible design of urban water supply systems operating under uncertainties associated with global change; application of optimization techniques for the operation & maintenance and life-cycle management of urban water systems; and, development of risk assessment approach for the design of sustainable urban water systems operating in the ‘city of the future’.


Selected Publications

  • Mutikanga, H., S Sharma, K. Vairavamoorthy, “Water loss management in developing countries: Challenges and prospects,” Journal American Water Works Association, 101(12), 2009.
  • Vairavamoorthy, K., J. Yan, H. M. Galgale, S. D. Gorantiwar, “IRA-WDS: A GIS-based risk analysis tool for water distribution systems, Environmental Modelling & Software, 22(7): 951-965, 2007.
  • Vairavamoorthy, K., S. D. Gorantiwar, A. Pathirana, “Managing urban water supplies in developing countries – Climate change and water scarcity scenarios,” Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C, Integrated Water Resources Management in a Changing World, 33(5): 330-339, 2008.
  • Vairavamoorthy, K., M. Ali, “Pipe Index Vector: A Method to Improve Genetic-Algorithm-Based Pipe Optimization,” J. Hydraulic Engineering, 131(12):1117-1125, 2005.
  • Vairavamoorthy, K., J. Lumbers, Leakage Reduction in Water Distribution Systems: Optimal Valve Control,” J. Hydraulic Engineering, 124(11), 1146-1154, 1998.


Web site:  http://sgs.usf.edu/faculty.php#vairavamoorthy