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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
    Master of Philosophy Wetland treatment system to supplement Shanghai's water supply Kelly, Samuel
    Doctor of Philosophy Turbulent structures and Drag Force in vegetated open channel flows under Different vegetation configurations Miguntanna, Nadeeka
    Doctor of Philosophy The use of Geopolymers in civil engineering applications. Nawaz, Mohsin
    Doctor of Philosophy Numerical Study of Brisbane River Estuary and Moreton Bay, Australia: Proposed Coastal Reservoir for Water Resource Development and Flood Adaptation/Mitigation Khalil, Usman
    Doctor of Philosophy Particle entrainment mechanics near bed in open channel turbulent flows Riaz, Muhammad Zain Bin
    Doctor of Philosophy Solar-Assisted Microbial Desalination Cell for Simultaneous Power Generation, Wastewater Treatment, and Water Desalination Ebrahimi, Atieh

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
    Master of Philosophy Wetland treatment system to supplement Shanghai's water supply Kelly, Samuel
    Doctor of Philosophy Turbulent structures and Drag Force in vegetated open channel flows under Different vegetation configurations Miguntanna, Nadeeka
    Doctor of Philosophy The use of Geopolymers in civil engineering applications. Nawaz, Mohsin
    Doctor of Philosophy Numerical Study of Brisbane River Estuary and Moreton Bay, Australia: Proposed Coastal Reservoir for Water Resource Development and Flood Adaptation/Mitigation Khalil, Usman
    Doctor of Philosophy Particle entrainment mechanics near bed in open channel turbulent flows Riaz, Muhammad Zain Bin
    Doctor of Philosophy Solar-Assisted Microbial Desalination Cell for Simultaneous Power Generation, Wastewater Treatment, and Water Desalination Ebrahimi, Atieh
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