NRI Professor awarded the top British award for civil engineering “Telford Medal”.

UK, October 8, 2004
NRI Press

NRI, Radhey S. Sharma, Professor of Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University has been awarded the top British award for civil engineering “Telford Medal”.

He has won the honour for his paper “Coupling of hydraulic hysteresis and stress-strain behavior in unsaturated soils”, which presents a new theoretical framework for understanding and modeling the mechanical and hydraulic behavior of unsaturated soils.

The new framework is able to explain and model a number of aspects of the mechanical behavior of unsaturated soils that could not be represented by existing theoretical models. This could have important implications for the analysis and design of a wide variety of geotechnical works involving unsaturated natural soils or compacted fills. The authors of the paper are Simon J. Wheeler, Radhey S. Sharma, and Marc Buisson. The paper was published in the prestigious journal “Geotechnique”.

Telford Medal:
The Telford Medal was instituted following a bequest made to the Institution of Civil Engineers, London by Thomas Telford (1757-1834), first President to be expanded in the provision of medals and premiums awarded annually in connection with papers presented to the Institution in any area of Civil Engineering. The Telford Medal is the highest award of the Institution. It may also be awarded to an Author who has contributed an outstanding series of papers, irrespective of any previous recognition by the Institution in connection therewith. It may be withheld in any year if a paper of sufficient merit is not available.

2002 to 2003, Visiting Professor, Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

1998 to 2003, University Lecturer (~U.S. Associate Professor, tenured in 2001), University of Bradford
Bradford, England

1994 to 1998, Research Assistant, University of Oxford
Oxford, England

1988 to 1994, Environmental Engineer, Central Pollution Control Board
Delhi, India

1984 to 1988, Civil Engineer, UP JAL Nigam

Ph.D., 1998, Geotechnical Engineering, University of Oxford, Oxford, England

M.S., 1994, Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics, Imperial College--London, London, England

D.I.C., 1994, Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics, Imperial College--London, London, England

M Tech, 1984, Rock Mechanics, Indian Institiute of Technology, New Delhi, India

B.S., 1983, Civil Engineering, AMU, Aligarh, India

Research Interests:
Unsaturated soils, including compacted soils: fundamental studies and field applications
Applications of unsaturated soils to geo-infrastructure including pavements, foundations, embankments, and slopes.
Problematic soils such as expansive and collapsible soils.
Laboratory, in situ, and field testing of saturated/unsaturated soils.
Ground improvement techniques.
Liquefaction of soils and tailings.
Buried systems, especially influence of soil-pipe interaction on the performance of such systems.
Geoenvironmental engineering involving containment systems such landfill liners, covers, and vertical barriers.
Fate and transport of contaminants in saturated and unsaturated soils.
Applications of numerical techniques in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.