Dr. Rajesh Sathiyamoorthy


Associate Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, INDIA

Official link  GTE Lab 



Room No. 309 Faculty Building, IIT Kanpur

Email: hsrajesh@iitk.ac.in


Phone: 91-512-2596054

Project Opening (May 8, 2019)





Research Team


Other activities

Research Interest

Numerical and Physical Modelling Technique: Normal and High gravity experimental model studies, Finite element analysis, Soil - structure interaction

Environmental Geotechnology: Hydro-thermal-mechanical behaviour of various barrier systems, Gas permeability, Slurry walls, Ash-pond design

Ground Improvement Techniques: Geosynthetics, Geosynthetic encased stone columns, Geotextile retaining walls, Geosynthetic clay liners, Geofoam, Soil nailing, Grouting

Unsaturated and Fundamental Soil Mechanics: Deformation behaviour of soils under saturated and unsaturated conditions, Modelling swell-shrink behaviour of expansive soils

Remote sensing and GIS applications in Geotechnical Engineering: Landslide / Seismic hazard zonation mapping, Generating geospatial data

Awards and Recognition

  Received IEI Young Engineers Award 2013-2014 in Civil Engineering Discipline in recognition of Academic Achievement, awarded by The Institution of Engineers (India) on the 29th National Convention of Civil Engineers held at Meghalaya, on 11 November, 2013. [Certificate] [Picture]
  Recipient of Talented Young Scientist Fellowship through TYSP funded by Ministry of Science and Technology, China. Carried out Joint Research work at Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
  Received Distinguished Alumni Award for achievement in Academic and Research,  awarded by VIT University  on VITAA Day, 26 Janurary 2019, VIT Vellore. [Picture] [Picture]
  Nominated to represent Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) on the International Technical Committee TC-106 on "Unsaturated Soils" of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering  (ISSMGE) for the term 2018-2021. [Link]
  Best Paper award  in the Theme: Developments in Ground Improvements, awarded by Indian Geotechnical Society during IGC-2020, on 19 December 2020. Ms. Richa Mudhliar, Research Scholar received First price for the same. [Certificate]
  Best Paper award in the Theme: Environmental Geotechnology, awarded by Indian Geotechnical Society during IGC-2019, on 19 December 2019. Mr. Vishwajeet Khan, Research Scholar received IGS-Bangalore Chapter YGE Award for the same. [Certificate] [Picture]
  Best Paper award in an International Geotechnical Engineering Conference on Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering Practices and Related Urban Issues, on 23-24 September 2016. Mr. Suman Roy, Research Scholar received First price for the same. [Certificate] [Picture]
  Best Paper award in the Theme: Environmental Geotechnology, awarded by Indian Geotechnical Society during IGC-2015, on 17 December 2015. Former Master student Mr. A. A. Naik received IGS-Bangalore Chapter YGE Award for the same. [Certificate] [Picture]

Received citation from the Chairman, Academic Senate, IIT Kanpur for an excellent performance as an Instructor of the course CE733 (2012-13 I sem), CE632N (2012-13, II sem) CE351(2013-14, I sem), CE631A (2015-16, I sem), CE632A (2016-17, II sem), CE631 A (2018-19, I sem), CE701A (2018-19, II sem) [Citation]

  Received IGS - Prof. A.V. Shroff Biannual Award  for the best paper published in the field of Environmental Geotechnology (for a block period of 2011-2013), awarded by Indian Geotechnical Society, on 22  December  2013 during IGC-2013 held at IIT Roorkee. [Appeared in Indian Geotechnical Society News 2013, page 7] [Certificate] [Picture]
  My biographical profile is listed in the Marquis Who's Who in the World 2014 (31 edition) in reference to the outstanding achievement in the field of Geotechnical Engineering. [Cover page] [Profile]


Received International Geosynthetic Society 2012 Student Award (for a block period of 2008-2012) in recognition of Academic Achievement, awarded by International Geosynthetics Society, on 14 December 2012, Bangkok, Thailand. [Appeared in IGS News 2012, page 4] [Certificate] [Picture]


Received Prof. G. A. Leonards Award (Biennial) for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Geotechnical Engineering submitted to Indian Universities and Institutes for the Year 2009 and 2010, awarded by Indian Geotechnical Society during IGC-2011, on 19 December 2011. [Appeared in Indian Geotechnical Society News 2012, page 13][Certificate] [Picture]


My paper entitled Deformation behaviour of clay cap barrier of hazardous waste containment system: Full-scale and Centrifuge tests (co-authored with J.P. Gourc, S. Camp, and B.V.S. Viswanadham) in Geotextiles and Geomebranes (one of the highest impact factor journal in the field of Geotechnical Engineering) received honourable mention as one of the best four papers published in Geotextiles and Geomembranes in 2010. [Editorial version] [Certificate]

  Selected as one of the member of Reviewing Panel/ Board of members for Environmental Geotechnics Journal, ICE Publishers
  Serving as a Reviewer for peer reviewed journals [>15]
  Serving as a technical committee  member for several conferences
  Selected as Associate Member (ASCE), Member of The Institution of Engineers (India)


Published more than 90 research papers in peer reviewed International / National Journals and Conferences.


Selected as one of the Task force member (Geosynthetics) by International Geosynthetic Society, USA.

  Serving as an External expert in the Research Development Committee [Civil Engineering], Integral University, Lucknow.


Post-Doctoral Research work at LTHE, University Joseph Fourier Grenoble, France through IFCPAR for one year. http://www.cefipra.org.


Nominated to carry out research at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany.

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