Prof. Sudhirkumar Barai

Senior Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Director, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Structural Health Monitoring
Department of Civil Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani- 333031, Rajasthan. India.
Prof. Sudhirkumar Barai

Educational Qualifications

DegreeYear BranchUniversity/Institute
Bachelor of Engineering1987Civil EngineeringMS University, Baroda, India
Master of Engineering1989Civil EngineeringMS University, Baroda, India
Ph.D.1995Civil EngineeringIndian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Professional Activity

DesignationDepartment University/InstituteDuration
Director/Senior ProfessorTeaching, ResearchBITS Pilani, Pilani CampusJan 2020-Till date
ProfessorTeaching, ResearchIIT, Kharagpur, IndiaJune 10- Till date
Associate ProfessorTeaching, ResearchIIT, Kharagpur, IndiaAug 04- June 10
Erskine Visiting FellowTeaching, ResearchUniversity of Canterbury, NZMay 08-June 08
Assistant ProfessorTeaching, ResearchIIT, Kharagpur, IndiaMay 99- Aug 04
Visiting ScientistResearchNUS, SingaporeMay 03- July 03
BOYSCAST FellowResearchCMU, Pittsburgh, USAMay 00- Nov 00
Visiting FacultyTeaching, ResearchIIT, Kharagpur, IndiaSept 98-May 99
Post-doctoral FellowResearchTel Aviv Uni., Tel Aviv, IsraelFeb 97-July 98
Senior Research AnalystR&D, ConsultancyEMRC, Bangalore, IndiaMay 94-Feb 97
Research ScholarResearchIISc, Bangalore, IndiaFeb 89- May94

Research Areas

  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Recycled Construction Materials
  • Fracture in Concrete
  • Data analytics and Soft Computing Applications


  • Engineering Fields: Green Technology, Recycled Construction Materials, Computational Techniques, Fracture Mechanics, Sensitivity Analysis, Damage Assessment Methodologies, MEMS applications
  • Interdisciplinary Fields: Computer Aided Engineering, Artificial Intelligence; Knowledge Based Expert Systems, Fuzzy Logic and Neural Networks, Internet based applications in Engineering Problems.

Positions of Responsibility

  • Director, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus (January 2020 – Present)
  • Director-in-charge, International Programmes and Collaboration Division (IPCD) (July 2020-December 2022)
  • Vice President, PIEDS: Pilani Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Society, (Feb 2020-Present)
  • Board of Director, BITS BioCyTIH Foundation (Jan 2021-Present)
  • Dean, Undergraduate Studies, IIT Kharagpur (August 2016- January 2020)
  • Chairman, Career Development Centre, IIT Kharagpur (January 2014 –December 2015)
  • Prof-in-charge, Training and Placement office (April 2012 – January 2014)
  • Prof-in-charge, Intellectual Property Rights and Industrial Relations (August 2011 – October 2013)
  • Chairman, GATE 2011 – 1 year
  • Vice Chairman, GATE 2008 (Organizing Institute: JMET 2008), GATE 2009, GATE 2010 – 3 years
  • Chairman, Kshitij 2010, 2012 and Co-chairman, Kshitij 2007 - Techno-management Festival

Professional Society Memberships

  • Fellow, IEI (India)
  • Fellow, Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India)
  • Senior Member: RILEM
  • Professional Member: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Member: International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE)
  • Life Member: Institute of Smart Structures and Systems (ISSS)
  • Member: International Association of Engineers (IAENG)
  • Life Member: Indian Concrete Institute (ICI), Chennai
  • Member: International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMS)
  • Member: Young Researchers Committee, World Federation for Soft Computing (WFSC)
  • Life Member: The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)
  • Associate Member: The International Society of Structure and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO)
  • Life Member: Indian Roads Congress (IRC)
  • Life Member: Indian Association for Structural Engineering (IASE)
  • Life Member: Indian Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)
  • Life Member: The Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE)
  • Life Member: American Society for Civil Engineers India Section (ASCE IS)
  • Life Member: Indian Society for Construction Material and Structures (ISCMS)
  • Member - Integrating Advanced Structural Analysis with Structural Reliability Analysis (ASRANet) - EPSRC Fund Network
  • Member - Working Group of Soft Computing in Image Processing (SCIP)
  • Corresponding member, Bridge Maintenance and Rehabilitation (B-9), Committee, Indians Roads Congress 2003-2005
  • Member: EURO Working Group on Stochastic Modelling,
  • Member - Technical Committee RAC - Structural behaviour and innovation of recycled aggregate concrete, RILEM (2015)
  • Member - Technical Committee TDK - Testing methods for determination of double-K criterion for crack propagation in concrete, RILEM (2011)


He has published more than 240+ papers in leading international journals and conferences in his research fields. He has co‐authored three books‐ (1) Concrete Fracture Models and Applications (2) Shear Strengthening of T‐beam with GFRP: A Systematic Approach and (3) Systematic Approach of Characterisation and Behaviour of Recycled Aggregate Concrete, which have been published by Springer. He has also co-edited two books – (1) Advances in Sustainable Construction Materials and Geotechnical Engineering (2) Stability and Failure of High Performance Composite Structures, published by Springer.