Teaching

Dr. Merwade teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the hydraulics and hydrology area of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. At undergraduate level, he has primarily taught CE 34000 (Hydraulics) at junior level, and CE 54200 (Hydrology) and CE 54900 (Computational Watershed Hydrology) at senior and graduate levels. Dr. Merwade has also taught advanced classes such as CE 69700 (Advanced Computational Watershed Hydrology) at the graduate level. In addition to teaching traditional courses within Civil Engineering, Dr. Merwade has also been active in working with the Global Engineering Program at Purdue to lead Global Design Team (GDT) courses. Over the last few years, he has coordinated GDT courses related to water harvesting in Lebanon, irrigation water quality in India, and water access in rural Tanzania.

Dr. Merwade believes in a teaching philosophy that enhances studentsí problem solving skills. In addition to helping students understand the underlying concepts, a problem solving approach enables students to apply the concepts learned in the classroom to specific engineering problems. Dr. Merwade also believes in connecting coursework with industry projects so students are prepared to handle engineering problems in the real world upon graduation. In his CE 54200 class, students are exposed to popular computational models that are used in the industry. Besides preparing students for industry, Dr. Merwade also believes in using coursework to expose students to cutting edge research in surface water hydrology. A major portion of CE 54900 class includes a term project that involves developing a research question or hypothesis, and then addressing the research issues by using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and latest public domain geospatial and temporal data. Most of the lab material that Dr. Merwade uses is available on his website and has been used by students, faculty and working professionals around the world (more than 5,000 downloads each year). His classroom endeavors on using real data and computational models for teaching has led to educational research grants and papers. One of his key contributions is the development of a cyberinfrastructure in collaboration with the Science and Education Resources Center (SERC) at Carleton College to collaboratively create, share and publish educational material for hydrology (see SERC link below).

If you want the latest version of my syllabus for CE 340000 (Hydraulics), CE 54200 (Hydrology), and CE 54900 (Computational Watershed Hydrology), feel free to email me at vmerwade "at" purdue "dot" edu

Useful Links

Hydrology Youtube Channel This channel hosts videos from students in CE 54200 and CE 54900 Hydrology Classes at Purdue. Subscribe and/or contribute!

SERC Hydrology Modules This site hosts online learning lessons in the form of steps and units. Use, contribute and get invovled!

WATER Tanzania This site hosts information related to our global design team for Tanzania.