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Water Resources Engineering as a Career Path for Civil Engineers. CEE1020 Fall 2006 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Tennessee Technological University. What is Water Resources Engineering?. A branch within Civil Engineering among other branches.

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water resources engineering as a career path for civil engineers

Water Resources Engineering as a Career Path for Civil Engineers

CEE1020

Fall 2006

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Tennessee Technological University

what is water resources engineering

What is Water Resources Engineering?

A branch within Civil Engineering among other branches.

Water resources engineers are concerned with the problems associated with the use and control of water

examples of application of water resources engineering

Examples of Application of Water Resources Engineering

Flash Flood in mountainous areas– needs protection

Landslide from heavy rainfall – needs protective measures

A dam for flood protection, storage, power, fishing and navigation (TVA)

A water intake point (for consumption) from a stream

more examples

More Examples

Water Treatment Plant draws water directly from a River. You cannot use directly

Wastewater Treatment plant – used water can not just be thrown back – it will kill the fishes and the environment. Must treat it first

Civil Engineers design and lay water distribution system for cities

a more specific example job type for a water resources engineer

A More specific Example(Job Type for a Water Resources Engineer)

Design the water distribution and storage system for Cookeville. Design life will be 50 years

How will a Civil Engineer do it?

  • Factor Population Growth of Cookeville
  • Factor how much water is needed (after 50 years)
  • Is the water available enough to meet demand?
  • Factor how much water is available (from groundwater, rivers, lakes)
  • No – then plan storage system (reservoir) – But how big should it be?
how do civil engineers find out how much water is available

How do Civil Engineers Find out How much Water is Available?

In Water resources engineering, we study the ‘water cycle’

This is the cycle that describes how water is moving around us (rainfall, groundwater, river water, evaporation etc.)

The name of the course is ‘HYDROLOGY’ (senior-level elective CEE course CEE4420)

satellites can also help study rainfall variability hydrologic cycle
Satellites Can Also Help Study Rainfall variability - Hydrologic Cycle

The Global Water Cycle

water is more important than ever before

Water is More Important than Ever Before

A University of New Hampshire study has found that population growth and economic development, in tandem with global climate change, will impact the availability of fresh water over the first quarter of this century.

Science, 2000, vol. 289

water related hazard 2 global floods too much water

Water-related Hazard – 2Global Floods (Too Much Water)

At least 10 million displaced and 2000+ death annually due to Floods caused by widespread rainfall

cutting edge technology that water resources engineering will use in future
Cutting-edge Technology that Water Resources Engineering Will Use in Future

Civil Engineers studying Hydrology will have to learn to deal with satellites soon.

Satellites can measure:

Rainfall, River discharge, soil moisture, evaporation from soils, soil temperature,

Track Hurricanes

courses on water resources engineering
Courses on Water Resources Engineering
  • Everyone takes ME 3720 Fluid Mechanics followed by CEE3420 Hydraulics during Junior year.
  • ME 3720 is a prerequisite for any CEE water-resources courses
  • ME 3720 – teaches the fundamentals (theory)
  • CEE3420 – teaches the ‘engineering’ aspect (application)
  • Elective courses during senior year are:
  • CEE4420 – Engineering Hydrology (on water cycle and hydrologic modeling)
  • CEE4440 – Water Resources Engineering (on management of water resources systems)
cee faculty
CEE Faculty
  • Dr. Vince Neary
  • Associate Professor
  • PhD – Iowa University
  • Office: PH 339; Tel: 931-372 3604
  • 2. Dr. Faisal Hossain
  • Assistant Professor
  • PhD – University of Connecticut
  • Office: PH 339; Tel: 931 372 3257
job opportunities
Job Opportunities
  • Studying Water Resources Engineering widens job opportunities within the Civil Engineering domain.
  • Some fun places where you can work are:
  • US Army Corps of Engineers – building dams, waterways, navigation
  • TVA – power generation, flood protection, fishing, irrigation
  • US EPA – protecting the water bodies from contamination or environmental terrorism
  • Any Town or City needs Water Resources Engineers for planning and management of distribution systems
  • NASA
  • US Department of Agriculture – Irrigation
  • Insurance Companies (Lots of money) – Guess why?
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Further Information

http://iweb.tntech.edu/water

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Thank You!

Questions?