Sunil B.M.


Associate Professor

Date of Joining at NITK: 

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Professional Experience: 

Total         :     15 years

At NITK    :     15 years

Contact Details



+91-824-2474000 Extn. 3345

Academic Background

Academic Background: 

  • Ph.D  (2009)     - NITKS
  • M.Tech (2003)  -  NITKS   
  • B.E (2000)         -  KREC, Mangalore University

Areas of Interest


Environmental Geotechnology

  • Contaminant transport modelling
  • Integrated Solid Waste Management
  • Alternative liner material in landfills
  • Landfill cover systems.
  • Performance of CCLs
  • Use of liners in industrial applications.
  • Geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs
  • Utilization of industrial waste/ by products in construction projects.
  • Characterization of contaminated soils.
  • Remediation of contaminated soils.

Ground Improvement Techniques

Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

Rock Mechanics


Significant Projects

Industry Sponsored research projec

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

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

Usage potential of Reactive barriers in Engineered Landfills.

Experimental Studies on Slag-Filter for Drinking Water Treatment.

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

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


Supervision of Ph.D

Completed (03)

Ongoing     (07)

Significant Publications

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  of Ferrous 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. DOI:  

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; https://doi.10.1007/978-981-15-0990-2_30

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  DOI:

Praveen and Sunil B.M., (2016). Potential Use of Waste Rubber Shreds in Drainage Layer of Landfills – An Experimental Study, J. Advances in Environmental Research, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016) 188-199,  DOI:

Sunil B.M., and A.V. Deepa (2016). “Influence of Drying Temperature on Three Soils Physical PropertiesGeotech Geol Eng (2016) 34:777–788, DOI 10.1007/s10706-016-0001-2.

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,  DOI:

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.    Scroll of Honour – for Outstanding Contribution to the cause of Engineering and Nation Building, Institution of Engineers (India) -2021

2.    Technical committee member for assessing damage caused by MSW landfill at Mangalore-2019.

3.    Chairman, Institution of Engineers India (IEI) Mangalore Chapter.

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 - 2016

6.    Collaborative research with the Department of Civil Engineering, Kagoshima University, Japan.

7.    Collaborative research with the Department of Civil Engineering, Kumamoto University, Japan.

8.    Visited Kyoto University & Osaka University for research interaction with Faculty of International repute.

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. Participated in various International Conferences and represented NITK-S.





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Karnataka, India.

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