Radhakrishna G Pillai Main

Dr. Ramesh Kannan K

BSB - 119, Dept. of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai, TN 600036, India
rameshkk@iitm.ac.in  +91 44 2257 4259
Dr. Ramesh Kannan K Is an assistant professor of the Geotechnical Engineering division at the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras. Before joining this institute, he worked as a post-doctoral research associate with the Geotechnical Research Group at the Schofield centre, University of Cambridge (UoC). His research at Cambridge involved a fundamental understanding of the mechanics of hydraulic fracturing in soft rocks and wellbore strengthening. This research project was funded by British Petroleum - International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM). He completed his Ph.D. at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), where he worked extensively on understanding the mechanics of cohesive-frictional granular materials through comprehensive characterization and material modeling. Ramesh’s work focuses on a fundamental understanding of the mechanics of frictional and transitional geomaterials from particulate to continuum level, which will eventually lead to better engineer intricate geo-systems. Currently, he is involved in setting up a state-of-art research facility to tackle some fascinating geo-mechanics problems in the research areas given below. He is always looking for self-motivated and dedicated learners having a good background in geo-mechanics. If you are interested in his research areas, please feel free to contact him. 

Earned Degrees

M. Tech. in Rock Engineering and Underground Structures, 2010
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India,

B. E. in Civil Engineering, 2007
Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

Awards and Honours

Media coverage for the work on Termite Engineered Geo-materials, Environmental Geotechnics, United Kingdom, 2016

Science and Engineering Research Board (DST), International travel grant, India, 2015

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Foreign travel grant, India, 2015

Research Areas

 Constitutive behaviour of geomaterials
 Energy geotechnics
 Particulate mechanics
 Bioinspired geotechnics

Professional Experiences

 2019 – Present : Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India,
 2017 – 2019 : Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom,
 2016 – 2017 : Senior Research Associate, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India,

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