Prof. Dr. T.G.Sitharam

Director & Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Brief Resume

Office Phone :
+91 361 258 2005 / 2690401
Office Fax :
+91 361 269 2321

Research Interests

My core interest and expertise lies in teaching and research in geotechnical arena.
I am particularly interested in following:

  • Rock mechanics and Rock engineering
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Microzonation and site response studies
  • Micromechanics of Granular materials
  • Numerical Methods in Geomechanics
  • Earth dams and Tailing ponds
  • Reinforced earth structures
  • Instrumentation in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Engineering Education: web based education

Biographical Sketch - Profile Summary

Prof. Dr. T. G. Sitharam has taken over as the Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Assam on July 01, 2019 and also holding additional position Chairman, BOG of IITG. He was a Senior Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (he is on deputation from IISc from July 01, 2019). He was formerly a Chair professor in the area of Energy and Mechanical Sciences at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), a premier research and education Institute in India. He was former founder Chairman of a Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) at IISc, Bengaluru. Presently, he is the Honorary Professorial Fellow at University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia from 2019 to 2022 and Distinguished professor at Hankou University International Innovation Centre, China. Presently, He is the Chairman, Research Council, CSIR-Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee. He is the Chairman, Executive Council of Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum Bangalore India. He is Governing Council member of National Council for Science Museums (NCSM), Govt of India and EC member of AICTE, Govt of India, New Delhi. He is the founder President of International Association for Coastal Reservoir Research (IACRR), registered in NSW, Australia. He is the President, Indian Society for Earthquake Technology (ISET), Roorkee. He is presently the Chairman, AICTE South western zonal committee, Regional office at Bengaluru. Formerly, he was a visiting professor at Dalhousie University, Canada; Yamaguchi University, Japan; Indian School of Mines (IIT-ISM), Dhanbad; and William Mong fellow at University of Hongkong, Hongkong. He was the vice president of Indian Society for Earthquake Technology (ISET) and Vice President of Indian Society of Earthquake Science (ISES).

He obtained Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (1991). Further, he served as a Research Scientist (for his post-doctoral work) at centre for earth sciences and engineering in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA till 1994. He is the Chief Editor of international journal of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, (IJGEE), PA, USA. He is the Editor-in-chief, Springer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engg series, Book Series, Singapore. He is also fellow of many societies and actively engaged in socially relevant projects.

Awards: In 2015, he is a recipient of IGS Kuckleman Award for his life time contributions in Geotechnical Engineering. In 2014, he is a recipient of Prof. Gopal Ranjan research award from IIT Roorkee for his excellent contributions to Geotechnical Engineering in the country. This was given to Prof. Sitharam for his pioneering work in Geotechnical engineering. Amulya and Vimala Reddy Lecture Award at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in the field of Sustainable Development for the year 2014 was conferred on Prof. Sitharam.  Earlier, he is recipient of Sir C.V. Raman State Award for Young Scientists, Government of Karnataka, in the year 2002 in recognition and appreciation of exceptional contributions to Engineering Sciences. He was also the recipient of 1998 S.P. Research award (SAARC) from SP research foundation, USA for his contributions to geotechnical Engineering in SAARC countries.  He has also received many best paper awards for his papers published in conferences and journals.  He is the fellow of Institution of Civil engineers, UK, fellow of ASCE and many other societies.

Academic Qualifications


Bachlors of Engineering (BE) in Civil Engineering
from Govt BDT College of Engineering, Davanagere, Mysore University - India.


Master of Science (MS Engineering) in Geotechnical Engineering
from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - India.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering
from University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario - Canada.


Post Doctoral Research
at center for earth sciences and engineering,
University of Texas at Austin, Texas - USA.

Awards and Honors

  • Received many other awards and honors like Sir C.V. Raman State Award for Young Scientists, Best Citizens of India Award, Govt. Fellowship from Canada and more.
  • Received many 'best paper' awards.