University of California, Riverside

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Akula Venkatram

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Akula Venkatram

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Akula Venkatram

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University, West Lafeyette, Indiana, 1976

Bourns Hall A343
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-2195
Facsimile: 951-827-2899
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Professor Akula Venkatram received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1971 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafeyette, Indiana. He comes to the University of California, Riverside after eleven years at ENSR Consulting and Engineering.

Research Topics

  • Comprehensive modeling of systems governing air quality.
  • Theoretical aspects of small-scale dispersion.
  • Application of micrometeorology to dispersion problems.
  • Development of simplified models for complex systems.

Current Projects

  • Validation of Concentrations Estimated from Air Dispersion Modeling for Source-Receptor Distances of less than 100 Meters.
  • Development of Short-Range Dispersion Models to Estimate Air Toxics Risk in Urban Environments.
  • Improvement of Short Range Dispersion Models to Estimate Air Quality Impact of Power Plants in Urban Environments.

Selected Publications

  • Venkatram, A., Isakov, V., Yuan, J., and Pankratz, D., 2004: Modeling dispersion at distances of meters from urban sources. Atmospheric Environment, 38(28), 4633-4641
  • Venkatram, A., Isakov, V., Pankratz, D., Heumann, J., and Yuan, J., 2004: The analysis of data from an urban dispersion experiment. Atmospheric Environment, 38(22), 3647-3659
  • Venkatram, A., 2004: The role of meteorological inputs in estimating dispersion from surface releases. Atmospheric Environment, 38(16), 2439-2446
  • Venkatram, A., 2004: On estimating emissions through horizontal fluxes. Atmospheric Environment, 38(9), 1337-1344
  • Isakov, V., Sax, T, Venkatram, A., Pankratz, D., Heumann, J. and Fitz, D., 2004: Near field dispersion modeling for regulatory applications. Journal of Air & Waste Management Association 54, 473-482.
  • Venkatram, A., 2003: Short range air pollution modeling for regulatory applications. Proc. Indian Natn. Sci. Acad., 69, A, No.6, 697-708.
  • Venkatram, A., 2002: Accounting for averaging time in air pollution modeling. Atmospheric Environment, 36(13), 2165-2170
  • Venkatram, A., Brode, R., Cimorelli, A., Lee, R., Paine, R., Perry, S., Peters, W., Weil, J., and Wilson, R., 2001: A complex terrain dispersion model for regulatory applications. Atmospheric Environment, 35(24), 4211-4221

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