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 STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
 
Position: Professor 
 
Ph.D.:Birla Institute of Technology & Schence, Pilani.
Area of research: Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Linear and Non-linear Finite Element Analysis of Structures, Lateral Load Analysis of Structure.
 
Email:  pnrao[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in  
  
Position: Associate Professor
 
Ph.D.: Northwestern University, USA
Area of research:  Structural Engineering, eXtended Finite Element Method (XFEM), Computational Mechanics, Computational Geometry, Topology Optimization, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Structural Dynamics, Fracture Mechanics, Structural analysis and designing.
 
Email: parimi[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in
 
Name:  Arkamitra Kar
Position: Associate Professor
 
Ph.D.: West Virginia University, USA
Area of research: Development and characterization and of concrete with alkali-activated aluminosilicates as sustainable or ‘green’ building materials, Correlation between microstructural properties of cementitious paste with mechanical properties of concrete at specimen scale, Study of the polymerization or hydration chemistry of cementitious systems depending on the type of binder, Development of models to predict strength, stiffness, and deformation characteristics of concrete with alkali-activated binder, Life cycle assessment of concrete with alkali-activated binder, Bacterial inclusions in concrete, Durability of concrete with Alkali-Activated Binders.
 
Email:arkamitra.kar[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in 
 Name:  Bahurudeen A
Position:  Associate Professor
 
Ph.D.Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
Area of researchDevelopment of new alternative construction materials; Reuse of industrial and agro wastes in concrete; Durability of concrete structures, Cement chemistry and hydration process, Sophisticated Characterization Techniques for the evaluation of construction materials, Non- destructive Techniques for assessment of structures, Evaluation of admixture performance and special Concretes,  Application of Geographic Information system, Alkali-activated binder system.
 
Email:bahur[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in 
  
Name: Mohan S.C
Position: Assistant Professor
 
Ph.D.: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
Area of research: Structural Dynamics; Earthquake & Vibration Control of Structures; Structural Health Monitoring; Computational Cost Reduction, Development of low cost base-isolation systems for low raised RC and masonry buildings. Seismic response reduction of similar adjacent buildings using connected control Technique, Development of methodology to reduce the torsional vibration of plan asymmetric and vertically irregular buildings. Numerical model updating of experimented structure. Development of numerical models of structures to reduce computational cost.
 
Email: mohansc[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in
  
Position: Assistant Professor
 
Ph.D.: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Area of researchStructural and Earthquake Engineering with emphasis on Probabilistic Seismic Risk and Vulnerability Assessment of Civil Engineering Structures, Life-cycle Analysis of Structures under Natural Hazards, Application of advanced Machine Learning Algorithms for Multi-dimensional Fragility Models, Uncertainty Quantification in Structural Reliability Problems, Nonlinear Modeling and Analysis of Structures including Bridges and Buildings.
 
Emailshivangshekhar[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in 
  
Position: Assistant Professor
 
Ph.D.: Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Area of research: Computational Mechanics, Phase field modeling of damage, Application of generalized  continuum theories, Linear and nonlinear finite element analysis, Laminated composites and Functionally graded materials
 
Email: raghupiska[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in  
  
 WATER RESOURCE ENGINEERING AND REMOTE SENSING
  
Position: Professor 
 
Ph.D.Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Area of researchImpact of climate change on water resources, Water resources systems, Multiobjective optimization, Multicriterion Decision Making, Machine Learning, Fuzzy Logic and evolutionary algorithms 
 
Email:  ksraju[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in  
  
Name A. Vasan
Position: Professor
 
Ph.D.Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
Area of research:  Application of Nature Inspired Optimization Algorithms, MCDM, Machine Learning, AI, IOT and Block Chain to Water Resources Systems Planning and Management, Reservoir Optimization, Water Distribution Networks Design Optimization.
 
Email: vasan[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in
  
Position: Associate Professor
 
Ph.D.Georgia Tech, USA
Area of researchFluid Mechanics, Environmental Hydraulics and Water Resources, Surface and Subsurface Hydrology, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Soft computing in Civil Engineering, Stream Hydrology, Water Quality, and Environmental Engineering.
 
Email: jagadeesh[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in
  Name:  Murari R. R. Varma (HoD)
Position:  Associate Professor
 
Ph.D.: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Area of researchHydrological Modelling and Field hydrology , Remote Sensing  in hydrology, Water quality of surface water systems, Wastewater treatment.

               
Emailmurari[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in
  
Name:  K. Rajitha
Position: Assistant Professor
 
Ph.D.Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Area of researchSAR image processing for wetland characterization, Mangrove phenology using satellite remote sensing, Satellite image based energy balance models, Applications of Artificial Neural Network for water quality modelling, Remote sensing of agricultural crops.
 
Email: rajitha[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in 
  
 TRANSPORTATION AND GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
 
Position: Associate Professor 
 
Ph.D.National Institute of Technology Warangal.
Area of researchFlexible Pavement Material Characterization, Rigid Pavement Material Characterization, Highway and Runway Pavement Design and Evaluation, Building Materials.
 
Email:  vinayak[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in  
  
Name:  Sridhar Raju
Position: Associate Professor
 
Ph.D.Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Area of research:  Utilization of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement in Bituminous Mixtures, Characterization of Polymer Modified Bitumen and Asphalt Mixtures with Warm Mix Additives, Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design of Flexible Pavements, Investigations on Failure of Pavements, Design and Evaluation of Airfield Pavement, Evaluation of Rigid and Flexible Pavements for Pavement Maintenance, Super pave Mixture Design for long lasting flexible pavements, Utilization of Geo synthetics for Design of Flexible Pavements, Alternative Bituminous Mixtures.
 
Emailsridhar.raju[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in
 
Position: Associate Professor
 
Ph.D.Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
Area of researchReliability Application in Geotechnical Engineering, Sensitivity Analysis, Earth Retaining Structures, Utilisation of Waste Materials for Ground Improvement, Utilisation of Biochar for Soft Soil Improvement, Alkali Activated binder treatment for natural geotextiles, Stabilisation of Expansive Clays, Slope Stabilisation with treated natural geotextiles and grass.
 
Emailguharay[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in
  
Position: Assistant Professor
 
Ph.D.Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Area of researchTravel behavior and choice modelling, Non-motorized Transport, Sustainable Transportation, Transportation Safety, Road Traffic Crash Data Analysis and Evaluation, Traffic Engineering, Geometric design consistency.
 
Emailmajumdar[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in 
   NamePrasanta Kumar Sahu
Position:  Assistant Professor
 
Ph.D.Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
Area of researchFreight Demand Modelling and Planning for Logistics Systems, Energy-efficient Platforms for Collaborative Last mile delivery, Physical Internet Application for Omni channel Delivery Planning, Crowd-sourced and Reverse Logistics, Green Mobility, Sustainable Modal Shifts and Transport Emission, Travel Behaviour Analysis and Discrete Choice Modelling, Quality of Life, Transportation and Health, Transit Operations and Management.
 
Email: prasanta.sahu[at]hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in 

Achievements

Agnivesh Pani - PhD Student received the Best Paper Award from AT015 - Freight Planning and Logistics Committee of Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Washington DC, USA during the 99th Annual Meeting of TRB -2020 at Washington DC.
 
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News

1. Dr. Arkamitra Kar was selected as a member of the RILEM TC MPA. This committee is intended to develop working standards for determining the mechanical behavior of alkali activated concrete.

2. Dr Bandhan Majumdar was awarded International Travel Grant (ITS) from DST, Govt. of India for presenting paper in 99th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC, USA in January, 2020.

3. Dr. Anasua GuhaRay, Dr. Arkamitra Kar and Mr. Shashank Gupta were awarded a patent on “Treatment process for cellulose based geotextile and geotextile obtained therefrom” on 22nd March, 2019 (Indian Patent No: 201711033016) (Available at: https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=IN241091712&tab=NATIONALBIBLIO&_cid=P12-K2S2C0-57625-1)

4. Dr. Anasua GuhaRay was elected as an Executive Member of Indian Geotechnical Society, Hyderabad Chapter (2019-2021).

5. Prof. K. Srinivas Raju was chosen as Member, International editorial board, Journal of Water and Climate Change, IWA Publishing (https://iwaponline.com/jwcc/pages/Editorial_Board [with effect from May 23, 2019]

6. Prof. K. Srinivas Raju was chosen as subject editor, H2 Open Journal, IWA Publishing [with effect from May 6, 2019] (https://iwaponline.com/h2open/pages/Editorial_Board)

7. Dr. Anasua Guharay was selected as the 2018 outstanding reviewer in International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE for the 3rd time after 2015 and 2017.

8. Dr Anasua Guharay was awarded International Travel Grant (ITS) from DST, Govt. of India for presenting paper in International Foundations Congress Equipment Expo (IFCEE 2018) in Orlando, Florida in March, 2018.

9. Prof. K Srinivasa Raju was chosen as an Associate Editor, ISH Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Taylor & Francis, UK.

Recent Research Grants

1. Prof. Sridhar Raju and Dr. Chandu Parimi were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 26.5 lakhs titled “Mitigation strategy to counter top-down cracking due to non-uniform contact stresses in Flexible Pavements” funded by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), New Delhi (2020-2023).

2. Dr. Bandhan Bandhu Majumdar and Dr. Prasanta Kumar Sahu were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 1.0 lakh titled “Development of Pedestrian Facility Assessment Tool for Improving Pedestrian Safety Condition in Hyderabad" funded by Awareness in Action, Hyderabad (2019-2021).

3. Dr. Prasanta Kumar Sahu, Dr. Bandhan Bandhu Majumdar and Prof. Ashoke Kumar Sarkar (Pilani Campus) were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 25.50 lakhs titled “Transport policy interventions to curb particulate matter emissions in Chandigarh" funded by Global Challenge Research Fund - United Kingdom (2020-2021).

4. Dr. Bandhan Bandhu Majumdar was awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 11.40 lakhs titled "Development of a comprehensive methodology to improve road traffic safety in Indian urban roadways based on advanced statistical techniques" funded by Department of Science and Technology under DST SERB Early Career Research Grant (2020-2022).

5. Prof. Jagdeesh Anamala, Dr. Murari Varma and Dr. Rajitha K were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 41.98 lakhs titled “Experimental and Computational studies of Surface Water Quality Parameters from Morphometry and Spectral Characteristics" funded by CSIR (2019-2022).

6. Prof. K S Raju and Prof D.Nagesh Kumar (IISc Bangalore) were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 20 lakhs titled “Rainfall-Runoff Modelling for Lower Godavari Basin in a Changing Climate" funded by CSIR (2019-2022).

7. Prof. Sridhar Raju and Dr. Prasanta Kumar Sahu were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 9.90 lakhs titled “Examination of binder loss in bituminous mixture for In-Service pavements" funded by Government of Telangana State Roads and Building Department (2019-2021).

8. Dr. Srinivas Appari (Chemical Engg., BITS)-India & Prof. Shinji Kudo (KYUSHU UNIVERSITY)-International, Dr. Bahurudeen A & Dr. Prasanta Kumar Sahu (Civil Engg., BITS)-India, Dr. Koji Nakabayashi (KYUSHU UNIVERSITY)-International were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 28.80 lakhs titled "Prevention of Hazardous Field - Firing of Bagasses & Its Sustainable Utilization as a Raw Material in an Innovative Industrial Process" funded by SPARC - MHRD, Govt. of India (2019-2021).

9. Dr. Prasanta Kumar Sahu, Dr. Bandhan Bandhu Majumdar and Prof. Ashoke Kumar Sarkar (Pilani Campus) were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 29.40 lakhs titled "Congestion Pricing: Planning for optimal strategies & commuters behavioral implications under different pricing schemes" funded by SPARC - MHRD, Govt. of India (2019-2021).

10. Dr. Arkamitra Kar, Dr.Chandu Parimi, Prof. Sridhar Raju and Dr.Jayati Ray Dutta (Dept. of Biology) were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 15.57 lakhs titled " Evaluation of the Efficiency of Bacterial Inclusion in concrete" funded by Alinees Developers Pvt. Ltd. (2018-2021).

11. Dr. Arkamitra Kar and Prof. Jayati Ray Dutta (Dept. of Biology) and Dr. M. Bandopadhyay (Univ. of Pittsburgh) were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 17 lakhs titled "Economic Construction Practice Using Bacterial Inclusions in Concrete to Improve its Durability" funded by CSIR (2018-2021).

12. Dr. Rajitha K. was awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 13.58 lakhs titled "Coastal wetland Characterization using L and S bands of Polarimetric SAR data" funded by ISRO (2017-2020).

13. Dr. Anasua GuhaRay and Dr. Arkamitra Kar (from India) and Prof. Wei Wu and Dr. Madhusudan Acharya (from BOKU, Vienna, Austria) were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 6.5 lakhs titled "Implementation of plants and treated natural fibers to enhance the strength properties of soft soil and to decrease the rate of surface erosion (Nat-Treat)" funded by Indo-Austria bilateral exchange program, DST (2019-2021).

14. Dr. Mohan S.C. was awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 43.2 lakhs titled "Improving the seismic performance of dynamically similar buildings using damper connected control technique" funded by Department of Science and Technology under DST SERB Early Career Research Grant (2017-2020).

15. Prof. A. Vasan and Dr. Murari Varma were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 18.46 lakhs titled "Multiobjective Evolutionary Approach for Solving Water Distribution Network Design Optimization" funded by CSIR (2017-2020).

16. Dr. Anasua Guharay and Dr Arkamitra Kar from BITS Pilani-Hyderabad Campus, Dr Naveen James from IIT Ropar were awarded a sponsored project of worth Rs. 24.43 lakhs titled "Performance Evaluation of backfill soils partially replaced with building derived materials" funded by Department of Science and Technology under DST SERB Early Career Research Grant (2016-2020).

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