Sunil B.M.



Date of Joining at NITK: 

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Professional Experience: 

• Total experience: 16 years 
• Experience at NITK: 16 years
Contact Details



+91-824 247 4000 (3345)

Academic Background

Academic Background: 

Ph.D. (National Institute of Technology, Surathkal), 2009
M.Tech. (National Institute of Technology Surathkal), 2003
B.E. Civil Engineering (Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal), 2000
Areas of Interest
Environmental Geotechnology
Ground Improvement Techniques
Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

Significant Projects

1) Disaster Resilience Building Construction Practices on Hilly Slopes of Bhutan-A research Compliance and Recommendation for National Adaption.

2) Studies on the Usage of Granulated slag in Infrastructure and Construction Projects.

3) Blended Soil as an Alternative Liner Material in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.

4) Usage potential of reactive barriers in engineered landfills.

5) Experimental Studies on Slag-Filter for Drinking Water Treatment.

6) Use of Stabilized Mine Tailings in Bulk Fill Construction and Replacement for Fine Aggregates in Concrete.

7) Investigation of Ground Water Contamination due to Organic Compounds in D.K. and Udupi Districts

Supervision of Ph.D
Ongoing: 7
Completed: 3

Significant Publications

C.M. Aswathy, Sunil B.M., Effect of ammonia on the hydraulic conductivity and adsorption characteristics of lithomargic clay – bentonite barrier in landfills, (2022) Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, (10) 2022, 108750, ISSN 2213-3437.

Ujwala Shenoy, K.S. Babu Narayan and Sunil B.M., (2022). Utilization of Discrete Element method in multi-phase soil modelling for soil slope stability analysis - Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering.

Nagaraju, T.V.; Sunil B.M.; Chaudhary, B.; Ravindran, G. (2022). Assessment of Environmental Impact of Aquaculture Ponds in theWestern Delta Region of Andhra Pradesh.  Sustainability 2022, 14, 13035. su142013035.

Nagaraju, T.V., Sunil, B.M., Chaudhary, B. (2021). Swell-Compressibility Behavior of Geopolymer Blended Expansive Clays. In: Hazarika, H., Madabhushi, G.S.P., Yasuhara, K., Bergado, D.T. (eds) Advances in Sustainable Construction and Resource Management. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 144. Springer, Singapore.

Anjali M.S., Poorani M., Shrihari S., Sunil B.M. (2020). “Assessment ofFerrous Slag with Relevance to Physico-chemical Properties.” In:  Kalamdhad A. (eds) Recent Developments in Waste Management.  Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, Vol 57. Springer, Singapore.  

Sunil B.M., Prakrithi V and K.S. Babu Narayan (2020). Use of slag-media filter for treating drinking water, WEENTECH Proceedings in Energy Vol.6 (1), 1-13.

Berhe, K.T., Sunil B.M., & S. Shrihari (2020). Challenges of Eco-friendly Solid Waste Disposal in Ethiopia: The Case of Hawassa Industrial Park. Proceedings of the Geoenvironmet-2020 Conference, February 17–21, 2020 (pp. 228–234). New Delhi, IN: Network of Experts and Resources for Subsurface Investigations and Remediation of Contaminated Sites (NERCS).

Anjali, M. S., Shrihari, S. and Sunil, B. M. (2019). “Potential valorization of ferrous slag in the treatment of water and wastewater: A Review.” J. Advances in Environmental Research, Vol. 8, No. 1, 55-69.  

Anjali, M. S., Shrihari, S. and Sunil, B. M. (2019). “Experimental studies of slag filter for drinking water treatment.” J. Environmental Technology & Innovation, Elsevier, Vol. 15 (2019) 100418 (Aug. 2019).

Anjali M.S., Poorani M., Shrihari S. and Sunil B.M, (2019)” Assessment of Ferrous Slag with Relevance to Physico-chemical Properties”, Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, Vol. 1.,pp. 377 – 384.

Sunil B.M., Manjunatha L.S., and Subhash C Yaragal (2017). Durability studies on concrete with partial replacement of cement and fine aggregates by fly ash and tailing material Advances in Concrete Construction, Vol. 5, No. 6 (2017) 671-683.

Sunil B.M., and A.V. Deepa (2016). “Influence of Drying Temperature on Three Soils Physical Properties” Geotech Geol Eng (2016) 34:777–788.

Sunil B.M. (2015). Review on performance of geosynthetic liners in municipal solid waste landfills, Japanese Geotechnical Society Special Publication of the 15th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, pp. 2368-2372; 2015.  

Sunil B.M., and Saifiya Faziludeen (2015). Removal of hexavalent chromium Cr (VI) by adsorption in blended lateritic soil, J. Advances in Environmental Research, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2015) 197-210.

Manjunatha L.S., Sunil B.M. (2014). “Geotechnical properties of mine tailings- A laboratory study, International Journal of Advanced Structures and Geotechnical Engineering, Vol.3 (2), 183-187, April 2014.

Sunil B.M., and Krishnappa H (2012). Effect of Drying on on the Index Properties of Lateritic Soils, J. Geotech. and Geol. Eng, Springer, 30(4): 869-879.

  1. Chairman, IEI, Mangalore Local Centre
  2. Scroll of Honour – for Outstanding Contribution to the cause of Engineering and Nation Building, Institution of Engineers (India)
  3. Technical committee member for assessing damage caused by MSW landfill at Mangalore-2019.
  4. Curriculum and laboratory development. Lead contributor to environmental geotechnology course at NITK-S
  5. Collaborative research with Prof. John Eric Bolander, University of California, Davis, USA
  6. Collaborative research with the Department of Civil Engineering, Kagoshima University,
  7. Collaborative research with the Department of Civil Engineering, Kumamoto University,
  8. Visited Kyoto University & Osaka University for research interaction
  9. Setup New Environmental Geotechnology Laboratory.
  10. Reviewer recognition: Reviewed manuscripts submitted to various Elsevier & Springier Journals, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Soil Research, Journal of Waste Management etc. 
  11. Joint Organizing Secretary, 10th International Symposium on Low Land Technology (10th ISLT), Mangalore, India, 09/2016.   International Association of Lowland Technology (IALT)Department of Civil Engineering NITK-S, and Institute of Lowland and Marine Research (ILMR), Japan[Sponsored by: TEQIP II, NITK & ILMR, Japan].
  12. Volunteered technical visits and conferences at NITK-S
  13. Chair, NITK-DBCE International Conference on Trending Moments & Steer Forces., Goa, 11/2019.
  14. Hon. Secretary of Institution of Engineers (India) - Mangalore local Centre (2016 to 2018).
  15. Springer Best Paper Award- The Need for Unsaturated Soil Mechanics - A Brief Review. International Conference “Trending Moments & Steer Forces” - Civil Engineering Today (TMSF - 2019), 31 Oct 2019 to 01 Nov 2019, DBCE, Goa.
  16. Participated in various International Conferences and represented NITK-S.

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Department of Civil Engineering, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangalore - 575 025
Karnataka, India.

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