Dr. Kala Vairavamoorthy
Dr. Kala Vairavamoorthy joined the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and became a director in the School of Global Sustainability at USF in the fall of 2010. Dr. Vairavamoorthy received a BS in Civil Engineering from King’s College, University of London. He has both a PhD in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College, University of London.
He came to USF from the University of Birmingham in the UK, where he was a Chair of Water Engineering. Before joining the University of Birmingham, he was Professor of Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure Systems at UNESCO-IHE, Delft, Netherlands. Additionally, he has served as scientific director of SWITCH (Sustainable Water Management Improves Tomorrow’s Cities Health), the European Union’s Integrated Project for Sustainable Urban Water Management.
Dr. Vairavamoorthy specializes in urban water systems. His research involves the development and application of risk-based decision support systems and optimization tools for the design, operation and management of water-related infrastructure systems. The decision support systems and optimization tools contribute to the planning of long term, sustainable strategies for improved infrastructure performance at the best available cost with the least environmental impact.
He was responsible for the development of the International Guidelines for the “Design and control of intermittent water supplies”. He was also responsible for the development of the GIS based tool IRA-WDS (integrated risk assessment of water distribution systems).
Dr. Vairavamoorthy’s teaching interests include the development of teaching modules for urban water distribution systems, asset management systems, integrated urban water modeling, water treatment, hydroinformatics, and wastewater treatment.