Curriculum Vitae




Nitin Verma



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·       August, 2003 – present - Masters in Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech

·       1999 – 2003: Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering, Delhi College of Engineering.

·       1998: Passed class XII exam with 74%.
Subjects: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, English.

·       1996: Passed class X exam with 69%.

Professional Experience


·       December 2002 – Feb 2003 : Junior Research Assistant for Prof. Vinod Tare at IIT Kanpur

·       June 2002 – August 2002: Internship in the Operation & Maintenance wing of Ondeo Degremont, India.

·       June 2001 – August 2001: Practical Training at the construction site of a 3 storey residential building.

·       August 1998 – Dec 2000: Part-time trainee with Spans Envirotech Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.

Relevant Coursework


·       Fluid Mechanics

·       Hydraulics

·       Basic Chemistry Concepts

·       Basics of Environment Engineering

·       Design of Environmental Engineering Works

·       Hydrology

·       Irrigation Engineering

·       Surveying

·       Determinate Structural Analysis

·       Design of Structural Elements

·       Indeterminate Structural Analysis

·       Design of Steel Structures

·       Numerical Analysis & Computer Programming

·       Works Management & Specifications

·       Design of Concrete Structures (Limit State Design)

·       Earthquake Technology

·       Design of Pre-stressed Concrete & Timber Structures



·       “Comparison of Various Technologies for Wastewater Treatment”, with Prof. Vinod Tare of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Prof. S.K. Singh of Delhi College of Engineering.

This is my senior year project in which we have done an operational data based comparison of various wastewater treatment technologies. Technologies ranging from wholly mechanical conventional activated sludge, hybrid (primary clarification with multi stage bio-reactors) to low-energy technologies such as Anaerobic treatment (especially up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor), Oxidation Ponds and Waste Stabilisation Ponds have been studied. Criteria on which our comparison is based include treatment efficiency, capital & operating costs, degree of automation, land requirement and overall reliability. Please email me if you want to have a copy of the report.


·       “Estimation of Quantity of Soluble Methane in the effluent of UASB Reactor”, with Prof. Vinod Tare of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

This is an ongoing project in which we are trying to estimate the amount of soluble methane in the effluent of a UASB-Reactor. Estimation of dissolved methane has several advantages such as being able to estimate the energy lost in the form of methane in the treated effluent. The traditional way of estimating the quantity of dissolved methane would be to collect a gas sample, calculate the percentage of methane in it and then use Henry’s Law of partial pressures to give the actual methane content. This method is extremely tedious in practice. Our approach is based on comparing the total organic carbon (TOC) content of the effluent with and without the methane. We first calculate the TOC value of the effluent sample containing the dissolved methane. Then the dissolved methane is vaporised and a second TOC value is obtained. The difference in the two values will give the dissolved methane content. We would compare our methane estimates with the values obtained using the partial pressures method. If successful, our technique would be very convenient to use and provide reasonably accurate estimates.


·       “Review of Technology Options for Disinfection of Water & Wastewater”, with Prof. S.K. Singh of Delhi College of Engineering.

In this project we compared conventional chlorine based disinfection technologies to more advanced ones such as Ozonation, Low pressure UV (with mercury lamps) and High-Intensity state of the art technology. We did an extensive comparison of the various technologies based on cost (considering both capital and operating costs) and health hazards. Our study concluded that if health and economic aspects are the main criteria, chlorine based technologies are unsuitable for disinfection of wastewater because of the associated environmental hazards. However, chlorine based compounds are still the best option when it comes to disinfection of water where they prove to be both safe and economical.


·       “Study & Comparison of Various Water & Wastewater Measuring Flow Meters” with Prof. Patel of DCE. A term paper for the course on Hydraulics & Hydraulic Machines.

Problems associated with choosing the correct flow measuring equipment are very common. To make the selection process easier, we carried out a study of various flow measuring devices widely employed in water treatment facilities and prepared a report noting our findings. The report provides a brief description of the devices studied and their comparison in terms of advantages, disadvantages, accuracy, applicability and reliability with respect to the type of fluid measured. We intend this report to be used as a practical guide for choosing the right flow meter


·        Modelling of Indoor Air Quality”, with Prof. Mukesh Khare of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

I was part of a team of mostly graduate students working on the formulation of an Indoor Air Quality Model. My contribution to the team was to find relevant reference material from various journals. The approach of the project was on the lines of a Source Proximate Model – which mainly describes the location of the source of pollutants in an indoor environment. The project is in a relatively dormant stage, as procurement of facilities for data collection is taking time.


·        “Fifteen Day Extensive Topographic Survey of a Riverbed in Dehradun”. As a part of the Civil Engineering curriculum, I was part of a group that worked on a practical surveying problem. My group was given the task of preparing the topographical maps of the riverbed of an intermittent river in Dehradun. The survey camp not only taught me how to deal with the practical difficulties of surveying in rough terrain but also gave me a great opportunity to work in a team.


·        “Benefits of Meditation for Individuals”, with Prof. G.L Pamnani. A term paper for the course on Management. This was a survey of various studies carried out on the benefits of meditation. We outlined the major advantages meditation has for individuals. We even tried to study the effects of meditation by carrying out a small test during class and realised that it raised our concentration levels, creativity and productivity.

Computer Skills


·      Proficient in Windows operating systems, MS Office, CAD tools such as AutoCAD.

·      Experience in Linux, C/C++, HTML.

·      Knowledge of Database Management Systems (FoxPro & Dbase)

Interests and Activities


·      Participated in paper presentation competitions (both technical and non-technical) such as :

      Case Study on “Market analysis of the fading popularity of a premium product”, during Technodrome (technical festival organised by the Dept. of Civil Engineering, DCE).

      Case Study on “Strategy Planning for a Telecom Enterprise”, during Troika (technical fest organised by IEE & IEEE).

      Technical Presentation on “A Realistic Comparison of CNG with LPG”, part of the course on Technical Communication.

·      Interested in Sports. Cricket, tennis, squash and badminton in particular

·      Special Interest in exploring electronic devices.

·      Computer hardware, especially assembling computers.

·      Reading and music are favourite recreational hobbies


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