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Graduate Seminar Series

CE 890: Graduate Seminar in Civil Engineering

  • CE 890 is a zero-credit hour seminar course focusing on discussions of current advances and research in civil engineering.
  • Every full-time, on-campus CE graduate student is required to register for CE 890 every semester he/she is enrolled in a graduate program.
  • Credit for the course each semester is obtained when the student has attended at least 10 meetings.
  • Every full-time, on-campus master's student is required to make at least one technical presentation in the graduate seminar before their final defense.
  • Every full-time, on-campus Ph.D. student is required to make at least two technical presentations in the graduate seminar before their final defense.

All seminars are held through at 4 p.m. (unless noted otherwise). The speaker must submit an abstract to Trisha Brown (gradce@k-state.edu) and the final version of the PowerPoint presentation to Arash Saeidi Rashk Olia (saeidi@k-state.edu) by Friday prior to the scheduled date. Students must attend 10 seminars to get credit for CE 890.

October 13, 2021 

Anish Holla

Hydrological Modelling of Soldier Creek (KS) using SWAT


The watershed provides numerous ecological and sociological services. Changing climate coupled with anthropogenic factors significantly stresses these systems. These affect both hydrologic quantity and quality of a watershed spanning across both rural and urban communities that are part of it. Hence modeling and predicting these socio-hydrologic systems is vital to developing strategies for the sustainability of ecological services provided by watersheds. In addition, the model should be able to represent to changes in scenarios like policy changes and local traditions. A framework should be developed to integrate the physically-based hydrologic model with active monitoring of the watershed through low-cost smart sensors, involvement of local communities via Citizen Science (for data collection/BMP feedback), and other stakeholders as part of the Integrated Watershed management approach. This results in the dynamic, evolving physically-based model.   


We are developing hydrological-model for Soldier Creek which flows through Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN), a Native American community near Topeka which may be impacted by changing climate and water resources in the future. This presentation will discuss, the existing qualitative and quantitative hydrologic conditions and the challenges faced by the tribe and hydrologic modelling using SWAT. This presentation will also highlight the changes in hydrologic condition for the future climate scenarios.