Dr P Venkateswara Rao

Associate Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

National Institute of Technology, Warangal - 506004, Telangana, INDIA

: pvenku@nitw.ac.in,pvenku@gmail.com

: 9420161800

Interests: Water supply, treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment, waste management, low cost water and wastewater treatment, Anaerobic digestion of organic wastes, waste to energy technologies


EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Ph.D in Environmental Engg : BITS Pilani,  Rajasthan, 2011.
M.E ( Environmental Engg)    :  Anna University, Chennai,  2002.
B.Tech ( Civil Engg) : Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathy,  1999.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Currently working as Associate Professor in Department of Civil Engineering, NIT Warangal.
Acting as National Service Scheme (NSS) Co-ordinator for the units at NITW.
BITS Co-ordinator for ongoing projects at Pentair Water India Ltd, IFB technologies and BOC India in Goa for BITS-Pilani during 2008-2013.
Acted as a key administrator in various positions in the institute such as warden, In-charge of wastewater treatment plant, water treatment plant. Also member in various committees constituted by the director for campus development at BITS Pilani Goa campus.

PAST EXPERIENCE

2013- 2018: Assistant Professor at NIT Warangal

2005-2013:  Assistant Professor at BITS-Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus

2003 - 2004: Lecturer at MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India.

2002-2003: Assistant Engineer at Shah Technical Consultants Pvt Ltd, Chennai, India.


RESEARCH FUNDING

As a principal investigator:
Title of the project: Investigating the effect of co-digestion and advanced sludge pre-treatment methods on the anaerobic conversion potential of the organic wastes.
Total cost (Rs.) : 27,42,800/-
Year of Commencement: 2014

As a co-principal investigator:
Title of the project: Development of efficient bioleaching process for the metal recovery from spent catalysts.
Total cost (Rs.) : 26,56,000/-
Year of Commencement: 2013


List of Publications:

PAPER PUBLISHED IN INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS

1. S.S. Baral, K. Raja Shekar, Megha Sharma, P.V. Rao, Optimization of leaching parameters for the extraction of rare earth metal using decision making method, Hydrometallurgy, 143 (2014) 60-67.
2. S. S. Baral, G. Surendran, N. Das, P.V. Rao, Statistical design of experiments for the Cr(VI) adsorption on weed Salvinia cucullataII, Environmental Engineering and Management journal, (2013).
3. P. V. Rao, S. S. Baral, Experimental design of mixture for the anaerobic co-digestion of sewage sludge. Chemical Eng. J. 172 (2011) 977- 986.
4. P. V. Rao, S. S. Baral, Attribute based specification, comparison and selection of feed stock for anaerobic digestion using MADM approach, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 186 (2011) 2009-2016.
5. P. Venkateswara Rao, S. S. Baral, Ranjan Dey, M. Srikanth, Potential for biogas generation by anaerobic digestion for sustainable energy development in India, Renew. & Sust. Energy Rev. 14 (2010) 2086-2094.


PAPER PUBLISHED IN CONFERENCES

 1. D.Divya Bharathi, P.Venkateswara Rao, Satish Babu and S.S.Baral. Development of efficient bioleaching process for the metal recovery from Spent catalysts. Presented at International Conference on New Frontiers in Chemical, Energy and Environmental Engineering (INCEEE-2015), 2015, NIT Warangal
2. PKN Jogeswara rao, P.Venkateswara rao, M.V.N.Siva kumar. Environmental Impact Assessment in the Construction stage for Commercial Buildings Using Decision supportive Tool. Presented at National Conference on Technological Innovations for Sustainable infrastructure, 2015, NIT Calicut.
3. P. V. Rao, S. S. Baral, R. Dey. Potential of biogas from biomass for sustainable energy development in India, 80th Annual Session of NASI and Symposium on Climate Change, 2-4 December 2010.
4. P. V. Rao, S. S. Baral, Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Organic Wastes, System Solutions for Global Challenges: Energy, Environment and Security, in Proceedings of National systems conference at NIT, Suratkal, India 10-12 December, 2010.
5. P.V. Rao, S.S. Baral, and Dey, R. Multiple Attribute Decision Making for Anaerobic Digestion. Presented at 81st Annual session of National Academy of Sciences and National Symposium on Sustainable Management of Biodiversity using Science and Technology at Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 24th - 26th November 2011.
6. P.V. Rao, S.S. Baral, and R. Dey, Anaerobic digestion of biomass in context with the indian energy scenario. Poster presented at First International Water Association - Conference On "Microbes in Wastewater & Waste Treatment, Bioremediation and Energy Production". Organized jointly by Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France and Bits Pilani- K.K . Birla Goa Campus, Goa. 24th -26th January-2011.
7. P.V. Rao, S.S. Baral. Pre-treatment of organic composite waste mixtures for enhanced biomethanantion. Presented at 3rd International Engineering Symposium, Kumamoto University, Japan, March 4-6, 2013.


DISSERTATION GUIDANCE:

Ph.D Guidance:

 

SNo

Title of the thesis

Name of the students

Status

1

Optimisation of Anaerobic co-digestion of organic wastes

 M.Sukesh

Pursuing

2

Solid state Anaerobic digestion of organic wastes

M Sagarika

Pursuing


Post Graduate:

 

SNo

Title of the thesis

Name of the students

Academic Year

1

Development of Efficient Bioleaching Process for the Metal Recovery from Spent Catalysts

D. Divya Bharathi

2014-2015

2

Performance evaluation of a Moving Bed BiofilmReactor

Sai Prasanna P

2014-2015

3

A study on Environmental Impact Assessment during the construction phase of a building in NIT Warangal

P K N Jogeswara Rao

2014-2015

4

Investigations on the effect of codigestion on biogas potential of organic wastes

Srutha Suresh

2014-2015

5

Pretreatment methods to improve the anaerobic biodegradability of organic fraction of municipal solid waste

Sruthy S 

2014-2015

 6 Development of risk assessment modelling tool for water distribution system Sravanthi R2015-2016
7Ceramic Filters for water treatment at the household levelKranthi Kumar G2015-2016
8Invertigations on the effect of wastewater parameters on biogas potential and removal of hydrogen sulphideNarasamma N2015-2016
9

Investigating the effect of Co-digestion on biogas potential of organic wastes with residual crops

MOHAMMAD SHUAIB MOHSINI2015-2016
10

Temperature phased Anaerobic co-digestion of food waste and rice husk using response surface methodology

Smruti Ranjan Sahoo2016-2017
11

Anaerobic co-digestion studies on the biogas production potential of fruit wastes with manure

Atul N Muske2016-2017
12

A lab scale study on hybrid constructed wetland system for domsetic wastewater treatment

Vinod Kumar J2016-2017


Undergraduate:

SNo

Title of the thesis

Name of the students

Academic Year and Sem

1

 Manufacturing Process of Ceramic Pot Filter

 M. Sri Sai Sathya

K. Sai Pranathi

Jigme Gurung

2014-2015

2

Optimisation of biogas production from kitchen and paper waste by anaerobic co-digestion

K V P Sandeep Reddy

D Nikhil Swaroop

Cristein Abraham

B Prasanna Lakshmi

2015-2016

3

RDF feasibility study for warangal city

Nirbhay Sachin

Shivam Shukla

Ajay Kumar

2016-2017




Course Taught Previously

Undergraduate Courses

  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Fluid Mechanics

 

Post Graduate Courses

  • Rural water supply and Environmental sanitation
  • Wastewater Treatment Systems
  • Advanced water supply systems
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Management

 

 Laboratory Courses:

  • Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  • Fluid Mechanics laboratory

 

Publications

 

PAPER PUBLISHED IN INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS

  •  Goli Venkata Siva Naga Sai, Rajat. C Pundlik, P. Venkateswara Rao, Ganesh. R Kale, Chemical looping combustion of biomass for renewable & non- CO2 emissions energy- status and review, International Journal of Engineering & Technology, 7 (2.1) (2018) 6-10.
  • Mohit Gupta , P.V. Rao and K.V. Jayakumar, Cost Optimisation of Integrated Sewerage System by using Linear Programming, Journal of Basic and Applied Engineering Research, Volume 4, Issue 5; 2017, pp. 364-368.
  • S.S. Baral, K. Raja Shekar, Megha Sharma, P.V. Rao, Optimization of leaching parameters for the extraction of rare earth metal using decision making method, Hydrometallurgy, 143 (2014) 60-67.
  • S. S. Baral, G. Surendran, N. Das, P.V. Rao, Statistical design of experiments for the Cr(VI) adsorption on weed Salvinia cucullataII, Environmental Engineering and Management journal, March 2013, Vol.12, No. 3, 465-474.
  • P. V. Rao, S. S. Baral, Experimental design of mixture for the anaerobic co-digestion of sewage sludge. Chemical Eng. J. 172 (2011) 977- 986.
  • P. V. Rao, S. S. Baral, Attribute based specification, comparison and selection of feed stock for anaerobic digestion using MADM approach, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 186 (2011) 2009-2016.
  • P. Venkateswara Rao, S. S. Baral, RanjanDey, M. Srikanth, Potential for biogas generation by anaerobic digestion for sustainable energy development in India, Renew. & Sust. Energy Rev. 14 (2010) 2086-2094.

 

PAPER PUBLISHED IN CONFERENCES

  • Smruti Ranjan Sahoo and P. Venkateswara Rao, Temperature phased anaerobic co-digestion of food waste and rice husk using response surface methodology, at International conference on �??Emerging trends in water resource and Environmental Engineering-2017�?? at MVGR College of Engineering Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, 30th March - 1st April, 2017.
  •  Atul Navnath Muske, P.Venkateswara Rao., Studies on the biogas production potential of fruit wastes with manure using anaerobic co-digestion. Presented at National conference of  "Trends in Environmental Engineering Management and Science" (TEEMS '17), 09-10 February, 2017. Organized by Center for Environmental Studies, Anna University, Chennai.
  • M J Sukhesh, P.Venkateswara Rao. Investigating the Effect of Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Poultry Manure with Lawn Grass Cuttings,Recycle 2016- International conference on recycle management, 1st-2ndApril, 2016, IIT, Guwahati
  • P.Venkateswara rao, Manufacturing of low cost ceramic filters for water treatment, National Conference on Climate Change and Sustainable Water Resources Management, September, 2015, NIT Warangal.
  • D.Divya Bharathi, P. Venkateswara Rao, Satish Babu and S.S.Baral. Development of efficient bioleaching process for the metal recovery from Spent catalysts. Presented at International Conference on New Frontiers in Chemical, Energy and Environmental Engineering
  • (INCEEE-2015), 2015, NIT Warangal
  • PKN Jogeswara rao, P.Venkateswara rao, M.V.N.Sivakumar. Environmental Impact Assessment in the Construction stage for Commercial Buildings Using Decision supportive Tool. Presented at National Conference on Technological Innovations for Sustainable infrastructure, 2015, NIT Calicut.
  • P.V. Rao, S.S. Baral. Pre-treatment of organic composite waste mixtures for enhanced biomethanantion. Presented at 3rd International Engineering Symposium, Kumamoto University, Japan, March 4-6, 2013.
  • P.V. Rao, S.S. Baral, and R. Dey, Anaerobic digestion of biomass in context with the indian energy scenario. Poster presented at First International Water Association - Conference On "Microbes in Wastewater & Waste Treatment, Bioremediation and Energy Production".Organized jointly by Institut National de la RechercheAgronomique (INRA), France and Bits Pilani- K.K . Birla Goa Campus, Goa. 24th -26th January-2011.
  • P.V. Rao, S.S. Baral, and Dey, R. Multiple Attribute Decision Making for Anaerobic Digestion. Presented at 81st Annual session of National Academy of Sciences and National Symposium  on Sustainable Management of Biodiversity using Science and Technology at Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 24th  -26th November 2011.
  • P. V. Rao, S. S. Baral, Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Organic Wastes, System Solutions for Global Challenges: Energy, Environment and Security, in Proceedings ofNational systems conference at NIT, Suratkal, India 10-12 December, 2010.P. V. Rao, S. S. Baral, R. Dey.Potential of biogas from biomass for sustainable energy development in India, 80th Annual Session of NASI and Symposium on Climate Change, 2-4 December 2010.

 

PHDs Supervised

 

Ph.D Guidance:

 

SNo

Title of the thesis

Name of the students

  

Year of Registration

Status

1

Optimisation of Anaerobic co-digestion of organic wastes

 M.J. Sukesh

  

2015

Pursuing

2

Solid state Anaerobic digestion of organic wastes

M Sagarika

  

2018

Pursuing

 

Workshops/Conferences

1.  Organised a short term technical training program on "Waste Management Technologies for Urban Areas" from 23-25, January, 2017 Under TEQIP - Phase II.

2. Organised a Faculty Development program on "Effective Teaching and Learning Practices For Design and Operation of Wastewater Treatment Systems " from 09-13, April, 2018 in association with Teaching Learning Centee of NIT Warangal.

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Projects

 

RESEARCH FUNDING

As a principal investigator:
Title of the project: Investigating the effect of co-digestion and advanced sludge pre-treatment methods on the anaerobic conversion potential of the organic wastes.
Total cost (Rs.) : 27,42,800/- 
Year of Commencement: 2014

As a co-principal investigator:
Title of the project: Development of efficient bioleaching process for the metal recovery from spent catalysts.
Total cost (Rs.) : 26,56,000/- 
Year of Commencement: 2013

Awards and Honors

 

Additional Responsibility

 1. Coordinator cum Program officer for National Service Scheme, NIT Warangal

2. Faculty In-charge for Youth Red Cross Club, NIT Warangal.

3. Coordinating faculty for Tours and Industrial Visits of Civil Engineering Department.

4. Advisor cum monitoring committee member for the  Sewage Treatment Plant at NIT Warangal.

5. Member of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, NIT Warangal.

6. Member for tree plantation and protection committee.