Rajesh Sathiyamoorthy

PhD (IIT Bombay)

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering


Research Interest



  • PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India 2010
  • M.E., College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, India 2002
  • B.E., Vellore Engineering College, University of Madras, India 2000



  • CE 631A - Advanced Geotechnical Engineering (2015-16*: I sem; 2018-19*: I sem)

  • CE 632A - Foundation Analysis and Design (2012 - 2013: II sem*; 2013-14: II sem*)

  • CE 638N - Geotechnical Measurements and Explorations (2011-2012: I sem)

  • CE 701A - Unsaturated Soil Mechanics (2016-17: I sem, 2018-19*: II sem)

  • CE 733 - Geoenvironmental Design Aspects of Solid Waste Mgmt. (2012-2013*: I sem)

  • ESO202A - Mechanics of Solids (2017-18 II Sem)

  • CE 351/331A - Soil Mechanics (2012-2013: I sem; 2013-2014*: I sem)

  • CE 352/332A - Foundation Design (2011-2012: II sem; 2015-2016: II sem)

  • CE 451A - Application of Geotechnical Engineering (2014-2015 I sem)

  • *received citation from The Chairman, Academic senate, IIT Kanpur (Distinguished instructor recognition)

  • Roy, S. and Rajesh, S. 2020. The coupled effect of suction and net stress on the air permeability of compacted soils. Geotechnique Letters, ICE Publishers, 10(1), 1-7

  • Roy, S. and Rajesh, S. 2020. Simplified model to predict features of soil water retention curve accounting for stress state conditions. International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, 20(3), 04019191.

  • Ganesh, R., and Rajesh, S. 2020. Analytical solution to estimate the point of application of resultant passive earth thrust against unsaturated retaining structures. Geomechanics and Geoengineering, Taylor and Francis (online)

  • Pandey, B.K., and Rajesh, S. 2019. Enhanced engineering characteristics of soils by electro-osmotic treatment: An overview. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Springer, 37(6), 4649-4673.

  • Rajesh, S. and Khan, V. 2018. Characterisation of water sorption and retention behaviour of partially saturated GCLs using vapor equilibrium and filter paper methods, Applied Clay Science, Elsevier, 157, 177-188.

  • Rahul, S., A. Das., and Rajesh, S. 2018. Efficacy of Coupled Solid-Fluid formulation in regularizing an Ill-posed finite element model. Indian Geotechnical Journal, Springer, 49(4), 409-420

  • Roy, S., and Rajesh, S. 2018. Influence of confining pressure on water retention characteristics of compacted soil. Indian Geotechnical Journal, Springer, 48(2), 327-241

  • Roy, S and Rajesh, S. 2018. Confining pressure dependency of air permeability of unsaturated soil barrier. ASCE Geotechnical Sp. Pub. No. 301, Pan America Unsat 2017, 114-123.

  • Rajesh, S. 2017. Time dependent behaviour of fully and partially penetrated geosynthetic encased stone columns. Geosynthetics International, ICE Publishers, 24(1), 60-71

  • Majumder, M., Ghosh, P., and Rajesh, S. 2017. An innovative vibration barrier by intermittent geofoam - A numerical study. Geomechanics and Engineering, Techno-Press, 13(2), 269-284 

  • Rajesh, S., Roy, S., and Madhav, S. 2017. Study of measured and fitted SWCC accounting the irregularity in the measured dataset. International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Taylor and Francis Publishers, 11(4), 321-331

  • Rajesh, S., Babel, K., and Mishra, S.K. 2017. Reliability based assessment of municipal solid waste landfill slope. Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, ASCE, 21(2), 040160161-11

  • Ghosh, P.  Rajesh, S. and Saichand, J. 2017. Linear and non-linear elastic analysis of closely spaced strip foundations using Pasternak model. Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering, Springer 11(2), 228-243.

  • Majumder, M., Ghosh, P. and Rajesh, S. 2017. Numerical study on intermittent geofoam in-filled trench as vibration barrier considering soil non-linearity and circular dynamic source. International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Taylor and Francis Publishers 11(3), 278 – 288.

  • Rajesh, S., Naik, A.A., and Khan, V. 2016. Performance of compacted soil barriers under advective gas flow condition.  ASCE Geotechnical Sp. Pub. No. 271, Geo-Chicago 2016, 212-221.

  • Rajesh, S., and Viswanadham, B.V.S. 2015. Numerical simulation of geogrid reinforced soil barriers subjected to differential settlements. International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, 15(4), 04014062.

  • Rajesh, S., Rao, B.H., Sreedeep, S., Arnepalli, D.N. 2015. Environmental Geotechnology: An Indian Perspective. Environmental Geotechnics, ICE Publishers,  2(6), 336-348

  • Rajesh, S., Choudhary, K., Chandra, S. 2015. A generalised model for geosynthetic reinforced railway tracks resting on soft clays. International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Wiley, 39(3), 310-326.

  • Rajesh, S., Jain, P. 2015. Influence of permeability of soft clay on the efficiency of stone columns and geosynthetic encased stone columns-a numerical study. International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Taylor and Francis Publishers,  9(5), 483-493

  • Rajesh, S., Gourc., J.P., and Viswanadham, B.V.S. 2014. Evaluation of Gas permeability and Mechanical Behaviour of Soil Barriers of Landfill Cap Covers  through Laboratory tests. Applied Clay Science, Elsevier, 97-98, 200-214.

  • Rajesh, S., and Viswanadham, B.V.S. 2012. Centrifuge and numerical study on the behaviour of soil barriers under differential settlements. Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, ASCE, 16(4), 284-279.

  • Rajesh, S., and Viswanadham, B.V.S. 2012. Modelling and instrumentation of geogrid reinforced soil barriers of landfill covers. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 138(1), 26-37.

  • Rajesh, S., and Viswanadham, B.V.S. 2012. Effect of settlement rate and geogrid reinforcement on the deformation behaviour of soil barriers of landfill covers: Centrifuge study. Geotechnical Engineering Journal of the SEAGS & AGSSEA, 43(3), 46-54

  • Viswanadham, B.V.S., Rajesh, S., and Bouazza, A. 2012. Effect of differential settlements on the sealing efficiency of GCL compared to CCLs: Centrifuge study. Geotechnical Engineering Journal of the SEAGS & AGSSEA, 43(3), 55-61

  • Rajesh, S., and Viswanadham, B.V.S. 2012. Centrifuge model studies on the performance of geogrid reinforced soil barriers of landfill barriers of landfill covers. Indian Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Improvement, 1(1), 20-28.

  • Viswanadham, B.V.S., Rajesh, S., Divya, P.V., Gourc, J.P. 2011. Influence of randomly distributed geofibers on the integrity of clay-based landfill covers. Geosynthetics International, ICE Publishers, 18 (5), 255-271.

  • Rajesh, S., and Viswanadham, B.V.S. 2011. Hydro-mechanical behaviour of geogrid-reinforced soil barriers for landfill covers system. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Elsevier, 29(1), 51-64. 

  • Rajesh, S., and Viswanadham, B.V.S. 2010. Development of a Motor-based differential settlement simulator setup for a Geotechnical Centrifuge. Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 33(6), 507-513

  • Gourc, J.P., Camp, S., Viswanadham, B.V.S., and Rajesh. S. 2010. Deformation behaviour of clay cap barriers of hazardous waste containment systems: full-scale and centrifuge tests. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Elsevier, 28(3), 281-291

  • Rajesh, S., Krajewski, W., Bormann, A., and Phanikumar, B.R. 2010. Investigation of a landslide in Russia - Finite element and Probabilistic approach. International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Taylor and Francis Publishers, 4(4), 517-525

  • Rajesh, S., and Viswanadham, B.V.S. 2010. Performance assessment of deformation behaviour of landfill barrier at the onset of differential settlement. International Journal of Environment Engineering, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., 2 (1-3), 269-289.

  • Rajesh, S., and Viswanadham, B.V.S. 2009. Evaluation of geogrid as a reinforcement layer in clay based engineered barriers. Applied Clay Science, Elsevier, 46 (2), 153-165

  • Viswanadham, B.V.S., and Rajesh, S. 2009. Centrifuge model test on clay based engineered barriers subjected to differential settlement. Applied Clay Science, Elsevier, 42 (3-4), 460-472.

  • Viswanadham, B.V.S., Rajesh, S., and Sengupta, S.S. 2008. Studies on the integrity of clay - rich soil liners for top lining systems of landfill. ASCE Geotechnical Sp. Pub. No. 177, Geocongress 2008, 48 - 55.

  • Please refer to the Google Scholar page  or Scopus Author profile for detailed publication.

  • Hydro mechanical behavior of compacted soils under varied stress state and saturation conditions - SERB DST (CRG), India (2019-22)

  • Centrifuge modelling of embankments on geosynthetic encased stone columns - Shanghai Council of Science & Technology, China (2018-20)

  • A study of time effects on behaviour of pile-raft foundations - BRNS, DAE, India (2018-21)

  • Field validation of stabilised material for subgrade pavement - PAAB, MHRD, India (2017-19)

  • Design of micropiles to stabilise railway embankment - RDSO Lucknow, India (2015-16)

  • Hydro-Mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soil barriers of landfill lining systems - SERB DST (Young Scientist), India (2013-16)

  • Development of an experimental facility to evaluate the effectiveness of the hydraulic barrier as a gas barrier layer in the landfill system - IIT Kanpur (Seed grant), India (2011-13)

  • June 2018-Present: Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India.

  • May 2019-Dec 2019: Talented Young Scientist Fellow, Ministry of Science and Technology, China

  • 2011-2018: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India.

  • 2010-2011: Post - Doctoral Research Fellow, LTHE, University Joseph Fourier Grenoble-1, Grenoble, France.

  • 2006-2010: Teaching Assistant, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. www.iitb.ac.in

  • 2003-2006: Lecturer / Assistant Professor, VIT University, Tamilnadu, India.

  • 2004-2005: Research Scientist, University of Applied Sciences, Darmstradt, Germany (on-deputation, VIT University).

  • Member – ASCE, Indian Geotechnical Society, Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Society of Technical Education, Indian Society of Geomatics, System Society of India

  • Corresponding Member of 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

  • IEI Young Engineers Award 2013-2014 in Civil Engineering from The Institution of Engineers (India) Kolkata.

  • Talented Young Scientist Fellowship 2019 from Ministry of Science and Technology, China. Carried out Joint Research work at Tongji University, Shanghai, China.

  • Distinguished Alumni Award (Academic and Research) 2019 from VIT University, Vellore.

  • Best Paper award in the field of Environmental Geotechnology [2019, 2015] from Indian Geotechnical Society, New Delhi.

  • Best Paper award in International Geotechnical Engineering Conference on Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering Practices and Related Urban Issues 2016, Mumbai.

  • IGS - Prof. A.V. Shroff Biannual Award 2013 from Indian Geotechnical Society, New Delhi.

  • International Geosynthetic Society 2012 Student Award from International Geosynthetics Society, USA

  • Best Paper Award – 2010 from Geotextiles and Geomembranes.


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