Manoj K. Jha, Ph.D., P.E.

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Dr. Jha's Water Research webpage

Contact: 436 McNair Hall
              Ph: (336) 285-3678
              Fax: (336) 334-7126 


Ph.D. Iowa State University
M.S. Iowa State University
M.E. Asian Institute of Technology
B.E. Institute of Engineering

Teaching Area 

CAEE 362 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics (F S)
CAEE 363 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (F)
CAEE 364 Engineering Hydrology (S)
CIEN 460 Water Resources Engineering
CIEN 668 Subsurface Hydrology
CIEN 702 Systems Analysis (F)

Research Area

Surface and subsurface hydrology, Urban water Systems, Eco-hydrological modeling of watershed hydrology and water quality, Impact assessment of climate variability/change and land use change, Changes in hydrological cycles and extreme events, Evaluation of BMPs for sediment and nutrients controls in urban and agricultural settings, GIS-supported spatial analyses and model applications

Research Projects at NC A&T (* denotes Lead PI)

  • *2019-23 ($468,103): NSF. IUSE. An Interdisciplinary Approach to Prepare Undergraduates for Data Science Using Real-World High Frequency Data. (with E. Park, N. Aryal)
  • *2019-20 (30,000): USDA. Identifying stream degradation hotspots based on median grain size. 
  • *2018-21 (749,990): NSF. CNH-S: Dynamics of Rural and Urban Food Deserts Driven by the Interactions Between Community Socio-Economic Characteristics and Land/Water Quality. (with
    K. Liang, L. Beni, L. Kurkalova, G. Monty, T. Mulrooney)
  • *2018-19 (28,974): USDA. Development of a national dataset of stream channel properties.
  • 2016-19 ($456,594): NSF. Geopath-Extra: Pathways to atmospheric science through immersion in geoscience research. (with S. Bililign. Y.-L. Lin, J. Zhang, A.S. Denning from CSU)
  • 2016-19 ($360,000): NSF. REU Site: Engineering modeling and computational research. (with B. Ram, K. Flurchick, V. Kabadi, P. Stanfield, M. Williams) REU Website
  • *2013-18 ($625,000): USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development). Small-scale irrigation technologies and agricultural water management practices. (with M. Reyes and J. Idassi)
  • *2016-18 ($204,643): USAID/UC Davis. Evaluation of agricultural BMPs: Project MasRiego. (with Dr. Godfrey Gayle)
  • *2015-17 ($8,178): NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)/East Carolina State University. Analysis of nutrient contribution from OSW in Lick Creek Watershed (With East Carolina University and DHHS with total amount of $162,000).  
  • *2014-15 ($9,734): DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services), State of North Carolina. Modeling nutrient transport from onsite wastewater systems.
  • *2013-15 ($11,250): NSF/STEP Center. Exploring water sustainability in cities: A course model linking geoscience, engineering, and society (Total contract of $4500 shared between 4 univ.).
  • *2014 ($14,771): Center for Energy Research and Technology, North Carolina A&T State University. Rainwater harvesting system in a school system
  • 2010-14 ($16,244): US EPA. Improving a watershed scale model to integrate wetlands into watershed planning.
  • *2010-14 ($113,778): NSF. Northern Gulf of Mexico hypoxia and land use in the watershed: Feedback and scale interactions.

Selected Publications (* denotes graduate student)

  • Aryal N, D Dongyang, MK Jha, A Ofori-Boadu. 2019. Monitoring, sampling, and automated analysis. Water Environment Research (forthcoming, August 2019). DOI: 10.1002/wer.1224
  • *Assefa TT, MK Jha, MR Reyes, SA Tilahun, A Worqlul. 2019. Experimental Evaluation of Conservation Agriculture with Drip Irrigation for Water Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Water 11, 530. DOI: 10.3390/w11030530.
  • *Ayivi F, MK Jha. 2018. Estimation of water balance and water yield in the Reedy Fork-Buffalo Creek Watershed in North Carolina using SWAT. International Soil and Water Conservation Research 6: 203-213. DOI: 10.1016/j.iswcr.2018.03.007
  • Burian, S, MK Jha, G Richards, M Shephard, J Taber. 2017. An Interdisciplinary Learning Module on Water Sustainability in Cities. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Peer-reviewed Conference Proceeding, 2017-June.
  • *Chattopadhyay S, MK Jha. 2016. Hydrologic response due to projected climatic variability in Haw River Watershed, North Carolina, USA. Hydrological Sciences Journal 61(3): 495-506. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2014.934823
  • Jha MK, PW Gassman. 2014. Changes in hydrology and streamflow as predicted by modeling experiment forced with climate models. Hydrological Processes 28: 2772-2781. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9836
  • Jha MK, PW Gassman, Y Panagopoulos. 2013. Regional changes in nitrogen loadings in the Upper Mississippi River Basin under predicted mid-century climate. Regional Environmental Change 1-2. DOI: 10.1007/s.10113-013-05539-y