Prof. T.G. Sitharam, Ph.D. (Waterloo, Canada), FICE (UK), FISET, IGS
Prof. T.G. Sitharam has obtained his BE (Civil Engg) from Mysore University, India in 1984, Masters in Geotechnical
Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1986 and Ph.D. from University of Waterloo, Waterloo,
Ontario, Canada in 1991 in the area of petroleum geomechanics. He worked on hydraulic fracturing simulations and
sand production in petroleum wells as a post-doctoral researcher at centre for earth sciences and engineering,
University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA until 1994. He has served in many organizations like University of Mysore,
Govt. of India, University of Waterloo, Canada, University of Texas at Austin, USA, and Yamaguchi University,
Japan. Since 1994 he is at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India. Presently, he is senior PROFESSOR in the
department of Civil Engineering. At IISc, his research interests are in Liquefaction, geotechnical earthquake
engineering, jointed rock mass including seismic hazard analyses. He is the Director (Designate), Indian Institute of
Technology, Guwahati, Assam. He will be assuming his office from July 01, 2019. He is also the Chairman, Research
Council (RC) of the CSIR-central Building Research Institute (CSIR-CBRI), Roorkee. He is also Chairman,
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM), Bangalore and Chairman, AICTE South Western
Regional Committee, Bangalore.
He was the founder Chairman of Centre for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with a grant of 300 million Rupees from Government of Karnataka. He is responsible for starting an M. Tech and Ph.D. programme in Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering at Indian Institute of Science. He is member of many committees formed by the Govt. of Karnataka and advices on infrastructure related topics. He is the Chief Editor of an International journal of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering published by IGI Global, PA, USA. He is the Editor-in-chief, Springer transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He was also an Associate Editor (AE) for ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, USA for the period 2006-2009 and presently Member, Committee on Soils and Rock Instrumentation (AFS20), Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Division of National research Council (NRC), USA for the period 2007-2009.
Prof. Sitharam has guided 30 Ph.D. students, 5 M.Sc (Engg. – by research) students and more than 25 ME project students. Currently he has 8 doctoral students working under him. He has several ongoing research projects to his credit to the tune of several hundred million rupees. He has served as Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) member for Ministry of Earth Sciences and Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. He is presently the PAC member of landslides in Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. He is the consultant for slope stability and foundations for the highest elevated bridge across river Chenab for M/S AFCONS.
He has more than 500 publications to his credit with an H-index of 38 and i-10 index of 99 with more than 200 journal publications to his credit with 4200 citations. He has written twelve text books. He is an excellent consultant and has carried out more than 150 consultancy projects in the area of infrastructure, geotechnical engineering and rock engineering in particular. He is a recipient of Prof. Gopal Ranjan research award for his excellent contributions to Geotechnical Engineering, Amulya and Vimala Reddy Lecture Award in at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in the field of Sustainable Development for the year 2014, and also Sir C.V. Raman State Award for Young Scientists”, Government of Karnataka, in the year 2002 in recognition and appreciation of exceptional contributions to Engineering Sciences. He is also the recipient of 1998 S.P. Research award (SAARC) from SP research foundation, USA for his contributions to geotechnical Engineering. He is a fellow of Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) – FICE(UK). He is a honorary professorial fellow of Department of civil, environmental, and mining engineering, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
He was a visiting Professor at the Rock Engineering group, Department of Civil Engineering, Yamaguchi University, Ube, Japan for one year 1999-2000. He was a visiting professor at Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada. Further he was a visiting professor at University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 2003. Further, he has visited University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, UK and University of Leeds, UK for research interactions. He was a William Mong fellow at University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong during 2011. He has delivered lectures invited / keynote lectures and also chaired/co-chaired technical sessions in several International / national conferences including Asian Regional conferences. Prof. Sitharam is a life member of several professional organizations including ISET, ISRM, ISSMGE, JGS, IGS, etc. He has travelled across the globe and delivered talks in many countries. He was the Chairman of the Indian Geotechnical Society, Bangalore Chapter until 2013 and also served as Secretary of the Society in the past. He was the national executive committee member of Indian Geotechnical Society in 1998; Governing Council of International Society of Rock Mechanics (India), in the past, Indian Society for Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling Technology (ISRMTT). He has served the Society (ISET) as Vice-President for the terms 2015-2017 & 2017-2019. Presently, he is the President of ISET and Director of IIT Guwahati.