Radhakrishna G Pillai Main

Rajagopal K (Retired)

gopalkr@faculty.iitm.ac.in NA
Rajagopal K (Retired) was a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He received his Doctoral degree in Engineering Mechanics at the University of Florida, Gainesville, the USA, in 1985. Before that, he completed his B.tech degree in Civil Engineering at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological university, Andhra Pradesh, followed by an M. tech degree in Ocean Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras. His research interest includes Geosynthetic reinforced structures, slope stability, ground Improvement, and Geomechanics. He has more than 35 years of teaching and research experience and has published 120+ and 70+ papers in National/International conferences and Journals. Also, he has been invited to deliver several keynote lectures at the National and International conference. He has guided 15 Ph.D. and 10 MS students to date, and currently, there are 8 Ph.D. students under his guidance. Besides that, he has also mentored 20 B.tech projects and 38 M.Tech projects till now. Furthermore, his contribution is prominent in several other sponsored research projects. He is an active member of the International Geosynthetics, Indian Geotechnical Society, a lifetime member of Indian Society for Technical Education and Indian Society for Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling Technology, and several other committees. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Indian Geotechnical Journal, and Journal Sadhana. He developed the geosynthetics engineering laboratory at IIT Madras with several facilities that are unique in India. He conducted various short-term courses and organized workshops and conferences. He has been honored with multiple awards for his academic achievements. Some of these include Tau Beta Pi at the University of Florida, Institute Merit Prize at IIT Madras, Commemorative award, and several other best paper awards. He provided consultancy services to several private and public sector organizations like Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Skanska Cementations Pvt. Ltd., VSL Reinforced Earth Ltd., MBN Anchored Earth Limited, Tamilnadu Housing Board, Chennai Petro Chemical Ltd., Southern Railways, etc. His services in academic and Industries are incredible. His constant support and guidance to the students helped them to perform better and achieve their goals.  

Earned Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, 1985
University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

Master of Technology, 1981
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India

Bachelor of Technology, 1979
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Andhra Pradesh, India

Awards and Honours

IGS-Baroda Chapter YGE award , for the paper titled, "Properties of Soil after Surcharge or Vacuum Preloading"Bangalore,India, 2018

IGS AIMIL biannual Best paper award, for the paper published in Indian Geotechnical Journal, 2015

IGS-Chennai Chapter Best Paper award , for the paper titled "Influence of Rock Socketing on the Lateral Response of Single Pile"Kakinada, India, 2014

Achievement Award by International Geosynthetics Society, by International Geosynthetics SocietyBangkok,Thailand, 2012

IGS_Dr. BB Rai-SN Gupta Best Paper award, for the paper titled "Lateral Earth Pressure Reduction Due to Controlled Yielding Technique"New Delhi, India, 2009

IGS-Dr. Samsher Prakash biennial prize, for the best paper "Triaxial Behaviour of Reinforced Clay Under Static and Cyclic Loading"New Delhi, India, 2002

Tau Beta Pi, for distinguished academic performance University of Florida, Gainesville,USA, 1982

Institute Merit Prize , for standing first in the graduating class of M.TechIIT Madras, India, 1981

Research Areas

 Reinforced soil structures
 Ground Improvemnt

Professional Experiences

 June 2018 – June 2022 : Institute Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 February 2008 – January 2011 : Head of the Department, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 September 2000 – June 2022 : Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 May 1995 – September 2000 : Associate Professor , Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 July 1993 – May 1995 : Assistant Professor , Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 September 1986 – June 1993 : Research Associate , Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 August 1985 – August 1986 : Post-doctoral Fellow , Civil Engineering Department, (Military Engineering Research Group) Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Canada
 Summer 1984 – : Trainee Engineer, Tecton Engineering Corporation, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

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