Dr. Sudarshan Kurwadkar

Outstanding ASCE Faculty Advisor
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• Visiting Faculty Fellowship, Department of Energy, Pacific National Northwest Laboratory, Richland, Washington, $20,000, 2018
• Scholarly and Creative Activities Award, California State University, Fullerton, 2018
• Global Initiative of Academic Networks Fellowship, Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Govt. of India, Fellowship 2016, $12,000
• Summer Faculty Fellowship – Air Force Institute of Technology, Air Force Office of Sponsored Research, 2015, $25,000
• Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award, 2012-2013
• Junior Faculty Research Strategy Group Award, Texas A&M University System, 2013
• ASCE-ExCEED Fellowship, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2011-2012
• ASEE Early Career Award, American Society of Engineering Education, 2011-2012
• Fresh Face of Sigma Xi, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Committee, 2010-2011
• Listed in the Who’s who in Environmental Engineering, American Academy of Environmental Engineers, 2009 – Present
• ASCE-EWRI First Prize: Technical Research Paper Competition, World Water Environmental Resources Congress, Anchorage, AK, 2005
• Missouri Groundwater Association Scholarship, MGA Conference Columbia, MO, 2005
• Chi-Epsilon Scholarship for academic excellence, 2003
• John and Susan Mathes Doctoral Fellowship, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2002-2005

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As a previous recipient of ASCE Faculty advisor awardee, I would like to provide my highest possible recommendation for Dr. Kurwadkar for this award. I have known him since 2014 and he already became our CSUF ASCE Chapter advisor from 2016 onwards and his efforts need to be acknowledged.

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Dr. Sudarshan Kurwadkar
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
800 N. State College Blvd.
California State University
Fullerton, CA 92831


Ph.D. (Civil Engineering with Environmental Engineering emphasis), Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla (Formerly University of Missouri – Rolla), 2005: GPA-3.8

MS (Civil Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India 1997

MS (Civil Engineering), Government College of Engineering, Pune, 1996

BS (Civil Engineering), Government College of Engineering, Amravati 1994


Some of the major areas of research where Dr. Kurwadkar has made an original contribution includes studying fate and transport of organic contaminants. Dr. Kurwadkar is one of the few people currently studying the occurrence of neonicotinoids insecticides in the sub-surface environment. He has published a variety of original research papers in the area of emerging contaminants of concern. Dr. Kurwadkar’s editorial on, “Neonicotinoids – Systemic Insecticides, Systematic Failure,” provided much-needed perspective on the emerging challenges, application of these insecticides poses to the site ecology and other serious environmental implications to non-target species. European Union recently banned these insecticides due to its harmful effect on honeybees (Colony Collapse Disorder).  On December 19, France will become the first country to ban all five neonicotinoids from agriculture operations officially. Research on neonicotinoids is critical to protecting human health and the environment better, and since 2009, Dr. Kurwadkar is actively pursuing research in this area. He was interviewed on the ecological impact of neonicotinoids during the 251st American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in San Diego. The interview can be accessed using web link: https://vimeo.com/161973470 (Password: NeoNicotine)

Dr. Kurwadkar has also made an outstanding contribution in the field of occurrence, fate, and transport of emerging contaminants of concern particularly his sustained research on pharmaceuticals and personal care product and its fate and transport in the aqueous and terrestrial environment is well cited. He has published a book on, “Emerging Micro-Pollutants in the Environment: Occurrence, Fate, and Distribution” published by the ACS, Washington, DC, 2015.  He is currently working on another book “Dioxin – Environmental Fate and Health/Ecological Consequences” Taylor and Francis Publication.

In the past, many of his undergraduate and graduate research students have won ASCE-EWRI technical paper and poster competitions. For example, Pugh Cameron – 2014 ASCE-EWRI congress award (second place poster competition); Jared Tabor – 2013 Texas A&M University System 11th Annual Student Research Symposium (second place); Remington Wheat – 2011, 9th Annual Texas A&M University System Student Research Symposium (first place). One of his students’ graduate thesis on “Managed Aquifer Recharge Using Advanced Treated Recycled Water: Evaluation of Water Quality and Clogging Behavior in Recharge Basin” has been nominated for the best graduate thesis award at the American Water Works Association.

As a faculty advisor, he has been instrumental in engaging undergraduate and graduate students in research activities. Some of the projects he has undertaken with his students have won wide acclaim. Most recently one of his student design project “Removal of Carbamazepine from Water and Wastewater” has won the most innovative project in the entire College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). The design project was also awarded Intel’s Terry McManus award, at the WERC Environmental Design Contest held at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM in April-May, 2018. The details of the project are in the news release posted at http://news.fullerton.edu/2018su/water-contamination-research.aspx


Dr. Kurwadkar is an ideal Faculty Advisor that any school can envy. He is very student friendly and often goes above and beyond the call of his duties. For example, he hosts study sessions, mentors student design teams, engages students in research activities, organizes field demonstration, guest lectures, and tried to provide the best learning experiences for his students. Besides ASCE, he is also affiliated with Chi-Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa and Blue Key. He is a “people person” and students love him immensely. Given his dedication to students, I always felt amused at how he balances both his personal and professional life together.

Contribution to the Profession:

Professionally Dr. Kurwadkar is one of the most active people. He is an Associate Editor for a peer-reviewed journal Water Environment Research. For more than a decade, Dr. Kurwadkar has made an immense contribution to the profession of Civil Engineering. Dr. Kurwadkar is currently serving as a Faculty Advisor for the ASCE student chapter and also Member of Civil and Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Advising Committee at CSUF. Since 2002, he has been active with ASCE initially as a student member and later continued his membership as a Professional member. Most recently (August 3-4, 2018) he attended ASCE Practitioner and Faculty Advisor Training Workshop. He was one of the participants in the ASCE-OC Mentorship Program. He is a recipient of ASCE-EWRI best graduate paper award at the 2005 World Water Environmental Resources Congress, Anchorage, Alaska. For more than five years, Dr. Kurwadkar has served as a Chair of the ASCE – Environmental Water Resources Institute’s Student and New Professional Conference Competition Committee. The purpose of this committee is to plan, publicize, organize, conduct and evaluate the technical paper, capstone design, poster presentation and photo competitions for student and younger professional members. In this role, he spearheaded the student technical paper competition as well as student poster competition for the ASCE-EWRI Congress. To engage the undergraduate students in research activities, he promoted Student and Young Professional Poster competition for the ASCE-EWRI. His student activities are often commended and highlighted. His on-campus demonstration of stormwater pollution monitoring activity was highlighted by CSUF’s Titan Communication in its weekly news bulletin. (Please forward first 10 minutes of the news) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtX_srNjXgs

Dr. Kurwadkar often participated in the national and international conferences and delivered seminars and workshops. He has been a frequent presenter at the ASCE-EWRI World Water Environmental Resources Congress. Most recently he delivered two presentations in the ASCE-EWRI Congress in Sacramento, CA. He often delivered many invited presentations at various universities, laboratories, and professional organizations. These include a seminar on “Modification of Sub-surface Geochemistry for Remediation of Uranium” at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He delivered a guest lecture on “Vulnerability of Water Resources due to Emerging Contaminants of Concern” part of GreenTalk presentation series, at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, San Jose State University, April 5, 2017; and participated in the panel discussion on, “Research and Policy Implementation Challenges for Water Sustainability – Perspectives for Engineering Students”. The video of the presentation and panel discussion can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS8-kOQ8uik. He also delivered an invited presentation at the University of California Irvine chapter of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientist conference. He also presided over the Interdisciplinary Panel on Water hosted by the Honors Program at CSUF. He also made the presentation at Nature Lunch Seminar Series organized by the Biology Department. On Earth Day, CSUF newspaper Daily Titan, interviewed Dr. Kurwadkar about the drought situation in California, and whether the drought is a natural process or man-made? The interview “Earth Day thirsts for attention during state’s greatest drought crisis” was published in Daily Titan on April 20, 2015.


Dr. Kurwadkar has made exemplary civic contributions. He is not only active in ASCE-OC but also active in American Chemical Society – OC Section. He delivered an invited presentation at OC ACS Environmental Meeting on June 22, 2017. He is an active member of various professional organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He volunteered at 2017, and 2018 California State Science Fair and 63rd Annual Orange County Science and Engineering Fair held on March 14, 2018. He renders community service by participating in the Career day event as well as ‘Read Across America’ event at Robert Fisler Elementary School – Fullerton. He taught review sessions for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam every year since 2014. His civic engagement is the testimony to his commitment to serve the community and become a valuable member of the society

Suggested Award Summary:

Dr. Sudarshan Kurwadkar is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at California State University, Fullerton. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer. He is a recipient of several awards, scholarships and fellowships including, Teaching Excellence Award; Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities Award; Chi-Epsilon Scholarship for academic excellence; Early Career Award, ASEE; Visiting Faculty Fellowship, Department of Energy; Summer Faculty Fellowship, Air Force Institute of Technology; John and Susan Mathes Doctoral Fellowship; and Global Initiative of Academic Networks Fellowship. Dr. Kurwadkar is an amazing ASCE Faculty Advisor, popularly called ‘Dr. K’ and highly regarded by students is an amazing advisor who flawlessly mixes humor and academic rigor and makes learning a pleasant experience. His dedication to student success, personalized attention to student design teams, and student rapport are simply unparalleled. His passion and commitment to student success are widely acknowledged. He is a serious researcher and engages undergraduate and graduate students in research activities and promotes environmental engineering education through field visits, workshops, and field demonstration. His student research presentations have won many distinguished awards at various University System Research Symposium Pathways and conferences. He is deeply committed to the advancement of the Civil Engineering Profession by providing enhanced learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. He is a proponent demonstration-based learning as recommended by Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEED) model of ASCE. Currently, he is implementing the National Science Foundation funded $1.5 Million Project to enhance graduation and retention rate of engineering students. His accomplishments clearly bear testimony to his efforts and dedication to student success. Dr. Kurwadkar has a very pleasant personality. Besides teaching and research, he enjoys outdoor activities such as swimming, kayaking, biking, fishing, and long-distance traveling. He has driven cross-country from Los Angeles, CA to Kittery, ME, visiting major tourist attractions all along.


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