Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Students may apply to one or more of the below projects, indicating this in their statement of interest, or they may apply for "ABE: General," indicating in their statement of interest their skills and background and some faculty with whom they would be interested in working.  ABE Faculty List

Title Name Email Project Name Project Description Requirements
Assoc. Prof. Margaret Gitau mgitau@purdue.edu Code Optimization and GUI Development for DHM-WM Hydrologic Model The hydrologic model DHM-WM was developed to provide spatial information on hydrologic components for determining critical source areas. The spatial details provided by the model will help in the development of precise and cost-effective watershed management solutions. A great advantage of DHM-WM is in its simplicity and the small number of parameters that require calibration. However, depending on watershed configuration and computational capacity, DHM-WM can take about 1.5 hours per simulation year this being largely due to the use of ArcGIS functions in Python scripts and the sequential algorithm used in the programing. The goal of this project is to enhance DHM-WM to enable its use by a broad range of users. Specifically to: 1) improve DHM-WM’s computational efficiency by modifying the algorithms and optimizing its code; and, 2) to provide a GUI to facilitate model use. Required Experience: Python, GUI design, programming, and testing.

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