Kiran Tota-Maharaj BSc(Eng), PGCert, MSc, PhD, CEng, MSEE, PEng, MSPE, PHEA, MIAHR, M.ASCE
BSc(Eng), PGCert, MSc, PhD, CEng, MSEE, PEng, MSPE, PHEA, MIAHR, M.ASCE
Senior Lecturer in Water and Environmental Engineering
Department of Engineering Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science
Dr Kiran Tota-Maharaj joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Greenwich in July 2014 as a senior lecturer in water and environmental engineering. He attained his PhD in Environmental Engineering from The University of Edinburgh, UK, his postgraduate MSc in Environmental Engineering from Newcastle University, UK and his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from The University of the West Indies, Trinidad.
Dr Tota-Maharaj held several esteemed academic positions before and was a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering at The University of Abertay Dundee (2012-2014) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Utilities Engineering (Water, Wastewater and Renewable Energy) at The University of Trinidad and Tobago (2012-2014). He was also a Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Salford Manchester, UK (2010-2012).
He has over four years engineering experience with two of the largest engineering firms in the southern Caribbean (Lee Young and Partners Ltd and Trintoplan Consultants Ltd). Prior to that he was a trainee engineer from 2001-2004 at the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (DESALCOTT) the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere with a daily potable water production of 45 Million US gallons per day.
Academic Senior Lecturer in Water and Environmental Engineering. Programme Leader for the Masters of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering, Programme Leader for the Masters of Science (MSc) in Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering.
Teaching and administrative activities for Hydraulics/Fluid Mechanics, Water and Environmental Engineering.
Excellence in Teaching and Research, I was nominated for University of Trinidad and Tobago Merit Excellence Award, Department of Utilities Engineering 2012-2013.
First place (1st) prize for presentation-Permeable Pavement Engineering for Sustainable Urban Runoff Reuse Integrated with Geothermal Heat Pumps, at the Innovation Poster Presentation at The Concrete Society's Conference Concrete Innovations 2009 - Constructing the Future. Marriott Hotel, Glasgow, May 2009.
University of Edinburgh/ Hanson Formpave PhD Scholarship in Civil and Environmental Engineering, January 2008
University of South Florida, Department of Civil Engineering, Full Scholarship for Doctoral Studies in Environmental Engineering, March, 2006.
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Full Scholarship to pursue Doctoral Studies (PhD) in Solar Energy and Renewable Energy Engineering, August, 2007.
Journal Editorial Board Member for
(i) International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (IJWREE); (ii) Water Journal (WJ); (iii) International Journal of Sustainable Water and Environmental Systems (SWES), (iv) International Water Technology Journal (IWTJ)
Journal Technical Review for
(i) Science of the Total Environment, (ii) Chemosphere and (iii) The West Indian Journal of Engineering
Monitoring the Robustness of Greenleaf Arborflow as Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS). Water Quality and Tree Health. Study included water quality assessment for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH), nutrients (phosphates, nitrates), suspended solids, chloride and heavy metals (Ni, Cr, Cu, and Zn) November 2013-July 2014.
Pollution Control Monitoring along the A92 Roadway, Scotland, SUDS for BEAR Scotland Ltd-Project entailed Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Water Quality Classification for A92 Roadway Watercourses, SUDS type off roadway analysis including Wet Swales, Dry Swales, Retention Ponds and their water and sediment quality outlets sampling for Ammonia, phosphates, suspended solids, heavy metals). Typical Urban Runoff Treatment systems included Swales into pollution control chambers, culverts/manholes and outflow. November 2013-July 2014.
Water Systems Plan - Dounans Centre, Aberfoyle, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 3UT, UK. Engineering Consultant for Water supply to Dounans Centre, Aberfoyle, Stirling, Scotland, U.K. Consultancy included site visits, designs for water supply, pipeline replacements, storage tanks and rainwater harvesting onsite. March-May 2014.
- Wastewater Treatment Using Microbial Fuel Cells with bioelectricity production
- Performance of granular-bed anaerobic baffled reactor (GRABBR) treating municipal and industrial wastewater and generating biogas.
- Developing Novel Photocatalytic Concrete for Depollution of Contaminants and Impurities within Urban Cities
- Applications of Solar Photo-Fenton (Advanced Oxidation Processes) for the degradation of contaminants in municipal wastewater
- Ultrasonic treatment for microbiological control of water systems
- Forward osmosis and osmotic processes for water and wastewater treatment
- Membrane bioreactors (MBR) and combining membrane processes such as nanofiltration and ultrafiltration for municipal and wastewater treatment.
- Renewable Energy in Water and Wastewater Treatment Applications
Funded research projects
(2014) Principle Investigator Granular Bed Baffled Reactors (GRABBR) Anaerobic Municipal Wastewater Treatment and renewable energy technologies to improve the quality of wastewater and bioenergy production. Funded by The Urban Water Technology Centre (UWTC), University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland, UK.
(2013), Principle Investigator for The Feasibility of Stormwater Filtration using Coconut Husk Fibres in the Caribbean for supplying drinking water to rural communities in the Caribbean. Funded by University of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.
(2013), Principle Investigator for Wind Power and Seawater Desalination Technology Integration in the Southern Caribbean, Funded by Trinsult Associates Ltd, Valsayn, Trinidad, West Indies.
(2012), Principle Investigator for Desalination Research Project between The University of Trinidad & Tobago and DESALCOTT (Desalination Company of Trinidad & Tobago), addressing water quality issues in the Point Lisas Industrial Estate
(2011), Principle Investigator University of Salford Initiatives for Living Sustainably' (UNISAILS)
(2010), Principle Investigator Microbial Fuel Cells for Concentrated Urban Runoff Treatment and Bioenergy Production. University of Salford, College of Computing, Science and Engineering Research Fund
(2010), Principle Investigator Integration of Constructed Wetlands and Geothermal Heat Pumps for Renewable Energy Applications and stormwater treatment for reuse. University of Salford, College of Computing, Science and Engineering Research Fund
(2009), Principle Investigator Solar Photochemical Treatment of River Water in the Southern Caribbean. Key North Engineering Ltd, St. Augustine, Trinidad, Research Fund.
Tota-Maharaj, Kiran (2016) Challenges of poor surface water drainage and wastewater management in refugee camps. Environmental and Earth Ssciences Research Journal. IIETA (International Information and Engineering Technology Association). pp. 53-60. ISSN 2369-5668 ISSN 2369-5668
Tota-Maharaj, Kiran and Paul, Parneet (2015) Investigating the influence of geotextile layers as biofilm granular filters to treat stormwater. Urban Water Journal. Taylor & Francis. pp. 559-569. ISSN 1573-062X ISSN 1573-062X
Surendran, Seevali and Tota-Maharaj, Kiran (2015) Log logistic distribution to model water demand data. Procedia Engineering. Elsevier Ltd.. pp. 798-802. ISSN 1877-7058 ISSN 1877-7058
Parneet, Paul and Tota-Maharaj, Kiran (2015) Laboratory studies on granular filters and their relationship to geotextiles for stormwater pollutant reduction. Water. MDPI AG (Basel, Switzerland). pp. 1595-1609. ISSN 2073-4441 ISSN 2073-4441
Tota-Maharaj, Kiran and Paul, Parneet (2015) Performance of pilot-scale microbial fuel cells treating wastewater with associated bioenergy production in the Caribbean context. International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 213-220. ISSN 2008-9163 ISSN 2008-9163
Tota-Maharaj, Kiran and Paul, Parneet (2015) Sustainable approaches for stormwater quality improvements with experimental geothermal paving systems. Sustainability. MDPI AG (Basel, Switzerland). pp. 1388-1410. ISSN 2071-1050 ISSN 2071-1050
Tota-Maharaj, Kiran and Scholz, Miklas (2013) Combined permeable pavement and photocatalytic titanium dioxide oxidation system for urban run-off treatment and disinfection. Water and Environment Journal. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. / CIWEM. pp. 338-347. ISSN 1747-6585 ISSN 1747-6585
Tota-Maharaj, K. and Meeroff, D.E. (2013) Evaluation of solar photosensitised river water treatment in the Caribbean. International Journal of Photoenergy. Hindawi Publishing Corporation. pp. 1-10. ISSN 1110-662X ISSN 1110-662X
Tota-Maharaj, K., Ramkissoon, R. and Manohar, K. (2012) Economical Darrieus straight bladed vertical axis wind turbine for renewable energy applications. Journal of the Energy Institute. Elsevier BV. pp. 156-162. ISSN 1743-9671 ISSN 1743-9671
Tota-Maharaj, Kiran, Scholz, Miklas and Coupe, Stephen J. (2011) Modelling temperature and energy balances within geothermal paving systems. Road Materials and Pavement Design. Taylor & Francis. pp. 315-344. ISSN 1468-0629 ISSN 1468-0629
Tota-Maharaj, K. and Scholz, M. (2011) Artificial neural network simulation of combined permeable pavement and earth energy systems treating storm water. Journal of Environmental Engineering. American Society of Civil Engineers. pp. 499-509. ISSN 0733-9372 ISSN 0733-9372
Tota-Maharaj, K., Scholz, M., Ahmed, T., French, C. and Pagaling, E. (2010) The synergy of permeable pavements and geothermal heat pumps for stormwater treatment and reuse. Environmental Technology. Taylor & Francis. pp. 1517-1531. ISSN 0959-3330 ISSN 0959-3330
Tota-Maharaj, Kiran and Scholz, Miklas (2010) Efficiency of permeable pavement systems for the removal of urban runoff pollutants under varying environmental conditions. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. / American Institute of Chemical Engineers. pp. 358-369. ISSN 1944-7442 ISSN 1944-7442
Tota-Maharaj, K., Grabowiecki, P. and Scholz, M. (2009) Energy and temperature performance analysis of geothermal (ground source) heat pumps integrated with permeable pavement systems for urban run-off reuse. International Journal of Sustainable Engineering. Taylor & Francis. pp. 201-213. ISSN 1939-7038 ISSN 1939-7038
Tota-Maharaj, Kiran and Scholz, Miklas (2009) Permeable (pervious) pavements and geothermal heat pumps: addressing sustainable urban stormwater management and renewable energy. International Journal of Green Economics. Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.. pp. 447-461. ISSN 1744-9928 ISSN 1744-9928
Tota-Maharaj, Kiran, Hills, Colin and Cheddie, Denver (2017) Low cost urban wastewater infrastructure for environmental sustainability across Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS). In: NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries (NxGnMiFu-2017). Allied Publishers PVT. LTD, New Delhi, India. pp. 697-705. ISBN 9789385926402
Tota-Maharaj, Kiran, Monrose, John and Hills, Colin (2017) Novel permeable pavement systems utilising carbon-negative aggregate. In: NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries (NxGnMiFu-2017). Allied Publishers PVT.LTD, New Delhi, India. pp. 683-696. ISBN 9789385926402
Surendran, Seevali, Tota-Maharaj, Kiran and Chen, Hua-Peng (2016) Validation of log logistic distribution to model water demand using UK and North American data. In: Proceedings of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-EWRI) 8th International Perspective on Water Resources and the Environment. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Tota-Maharaj, K. and Cheddie, D. (2015) Implementation and operation of coconut fiber/husks stormwater filters as sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) for rural communities across the Caribbean. In: International Low Impact Development Conference 2015. LID: It Works in All Climates and Soils. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Reston, VA, USA. pp. 105-114. ISBN 9780784479025
Tota-Maharaj, K., Prasad, T.D. and Scholz, M. (2011) Applications of back propagation neural networks in predicting nutrient effluent concentrations from permeable pavements. Urban Water Management: Challenges and Oppurtunities - 11th International Conference on Computing and Control for the Water Industry, CCWI 2011. In: Urban Water Management: Challenges and Opportunities: Proceedings of CCW1 2011. Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK. ISBN 978-0953914081
Tota-Maharaj, Kiran (2016) WASH in Emergencies Problem Exploration Report Surface Water. ELRHA.