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Sivakumar, Muttucumaru Associate Professor

Associate Professor

  • School of Civil, Mining & Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • GeoQuEST Research Centre
  • Coordinator - Sustainable Water and Energy Research Group

Overview


Associate Professor Muttucumaru Sivakumar areas of expertise include water quality and water resources  engineering; Pollutant export from urban catchments; Water and wastewater treatment; Environmental hydraulics and Modelling; Sediment transport.

He received his BSc Eng at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1970‐1974. He also has a MEng, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand 1975‐1976 and completed his PhD, University of Newcastle, Australia, 1977‐1981. He was also visiting Professor and held academic positions in University of Minnesota, USA; University of Hiedelberg, Germany; Shenyang University, China; Indian Institute of Science, India; Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India; Sri Sathya Sai University, India and James Cook University, Queensland, Australia.

Research Overview


  • Current research includes:

    • Solar powered Vacuum Membrane Distillation
    • Desalination with solar powered membrane distillation


    Past projects include

    • Coastal reservoir for Adelaide water supply – water quantity and quality modelling.
    • Lake and river water quality modelling.
    • Sediment transport and deposition in reservoirs.
    • Water source, treatment and distribution of Illawarra water supply for Sydney Water  Corporation.
    • Water quality monitoring and modelling of urban catchments – Wollongong City Council.
    • Dairy effluent waste management within a water supply catchment for Sydney Catchment Authority.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The use of Geopolymers in civil engineering applications.
    Master of Philosophy Water Quality in the Yangtze River at Shanghai and the Role of Coastal Reservoirs in Shanghai's Water Supply Kelly, Samuel
    Doctor of Philosophy Feasibility Study of a Coastal Reservoir at Brisbane River Estuary for Water Resource Development and Flood Adaptation Khalil, Usman
    Doctor of Philosophy Particle entrainment mechanics near bed in open channel turbulent flows Riaz, Muhammad Zain Bin
    Doctor of Philosophy Simultaneous Wastewater Treatment and Power Generation using Constructed Wetland and Microbial Fuel Cell. Ebrahimi, Atieh
    Doctor of Philosophy Organic and Biofouling in membrane distillation systems Habib, Rasikh
    Doctor of Philosophy Quantification of last-resort antibiotics in wastewater and study of their transformations and degradation products in sewer environment Sharma, Elipsha
    Doctor of Philosophy Effects of in-sewer processes on the fate of human pathogens in sewage Guo, Ying
    Doctor of Philosophy Enhancing and optimizing denitrifying anaerobic methane oxidation and anammox processes for nitrogen and methane removal Chen, Yan
    Doctor of Philosophy A statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work. Do, Phuong
    Doctor of Philosophy Coastal Reservoirs for Sydney's Water Supply Ji, Rong
    Doctor of Philosophy Micro-macro models of virus transmission by Bayesian and network analysis methods. Wang, Pei

Research Overview


  • Current research includes:

    • Solar powered Vacuum Membrane Distillation
    • Desalination with solar powered membrane distillation


    Past projects include

    • Coastal reservoir for Adelaide water supply – water quantity and quality modelling.
    • Lake and river water quality modelling.
    • Sediment transport and deposition in reservoirs.
    • Water source, treatment and distribution of Illawarra water supply for Sydney Water  Corporation.
    • Water quality monitoring and modelling of urban catchments – Wollongong City Council.
    • Dairy effluent waste management within a water supply catchment for Sydney Catchment Authority.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The use of Geopolymers in civil engineering applications.
    Master of Philosophy Water Quality in the Yangtze River at Shanghai and the Role of Coastal Reservoirs in Shanghai's Water Supply Kelly, Samuel
    Doctor of Philosophy Feasibility Study of a Coastal Reservoir at Brisbane River Estuary for Water Resource Development and Flood Adaptation Khalil, Usman
    Doctor of Philosophy Particle entrainment mechanics near bed in open channel turbulent flows Riaz, Muhammad Zain Bin
    Doctor of Philosophy Simultaneous Wastewater Treatment and Power Generation using Constructed Wetland and Microbial Fuel Cell. Ebrahimi, Atieh
    Doctor of Philosophy Organic and Biofouling in membrane distillation systems Habib, Rasikh
    Doctor of Philosophy Quantification of last-resort antibiotics in wastewater and study of their transformations and degradation products in sewer environment Sharma, Elipsha
    Doctor of Philosophy Effects of in-sewer processes on the fate of human pathogens in sewage Guo, Ying
    Doctor of Philosophy Enhancing and optimizing denitrifying anaerobic methane oxidation and anammox processes for nitrogen and methane removal Chen, Yan
    Doctor of Philosophy A statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work. Do, Phuong
    Doctor of Philosophy Coastal Reservoirs for Sydney's Water Supply Ji, Rong
    Doctor of Philosophy Micro-macro models of virus transmission by Bayesian and network analysis methods. Wang, Pei
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