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Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program                                                            
Phase 1 (2005 Deadline)

Capacity Building for Research, Education, and Training in Water Resources Management in Pakistan

M. Hanif Chaudhry, University of South Carolina
Muhammad Latif, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
Pakistani Funding (HEC): $500,000
US Funding:   $100,000
Project Dates on US Side: January 1, 2006 - December 31, 2009 (Completed)

Project Overview

This project was aimed at building the capacity of the Center for Excellence in Water Resources Engineering (CEWRE) at UET Lahore by providing education and training to Pakistani graduate students through in-person and Internet-based courses, faculty exchanges, and basic and applied collaborative research activities. Beyond the educational aspects, the research goals of the project focused on providing engineering tools to Pakistani engineers and scientists so that they might better assess, implement, and monitor their water resources systems. Physical laboratory studies were carried out and numerical models developed to plan and evaluate the performance of hydraulic structures and control channel erosion and sediment transport. Models were also developed to study water resources management for irrigation and drainage, and modeling tools were applied to evaluate flooding and draining system capacities at selected sites in Pakistan.

Major Results

  • Established a teleconferencing facility for distance learning at Center of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering (CEWRE)
  • Delivered graduate course led remotely by Dr. Chaudhry to 22 students in CEWRE and 8 students in Cairo University
  • Trained CEWRE faculty on water-related software applications
  • Involved visiting faculty from CEWRE in ongoing research at USC, with results published in refereed journals
  • Organized workshops and seminars in Pakistan to disseminate the latest knowledge in water resources
  • Led to CEWRE participation in two NSF-funded projects with USC totaling about 3 million dollars on modeling of levee breach and dam-break flows and collection of field data on levee breaches during 2010 floods in Pakistan

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