R Shivashankar



Date of Joining at NITK: 

Thursday, February 16, 1995

Professional Experience: 

Total: 36 Years 

At NITK: 21 Years

Contact Details


shivashankar.surathkal [at] gmail.com


91-824-2474335, 91-824-2473137, 91-824-2473335


+91 9448487263

Academic Background

Academic Background: 

  • D.Eng. (AIT Bangkok Thailand), 1991 
  • M.Tech (IIT Madras), 1980
  • B.E. (Civil) (Bangalore University), 1978
Areas of Interest
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Geosynthetics Engineering 
  • Slope Engineering
  • Soil-structure interaction
Significant Projects
  • “Dynamic Soil Structure Interaction Effects in Multistoreyed Structures on Homogenous Soil and Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil”; funded by BRNS, DAE, GOI, Rs.26.58 Lakhs; Year of start: September 2007, 3 years, as Principal Investigator, and others 
  • “Mechanically Stabilized Earth using poor quality backfills on soft Bangkok clay” USAID, US$150,000; Investigators: D.T.Bergado, A.S.Balasubramaniam and R. Shivashankar at AIT Bangkok, Thailand, 1987-1992
Supervision of Ph.D
  • Completed (10)
  • On-going (5)
Significant Publications
  1. Bergado, D.T. and Shivashankar, R. (1993), “Pullout Capacity of Steel Grids in Lateritic Soil Backfill”, Geotechnical Engg. J of SEAGS Vol.24, No.1, pp.77-95.
  2. Shivashankar, R., Madhav, M.R. and Miura, N. (1993), “Reinforced Granular Beds Overlying Soft Clay”, Proc. 11th SEAGC, Singapore, pp.409-414.
  3. Shivashankar, R., Dheerendra Babu, M.R., Sitaram Nayak and Manjunath, R. (2010), “Stone Columns with Vertical Circumferential Nails: Laboratory Model Study”, Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering,  Published online on 13th  May 2010, Volume 28, Issue 5, pages 695-706, DOI 10.1007/s10706-010-9329-1,Springer Publishers, Netherlands.
  4. Shivashankar, R. (2013). “Role of Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering Teaching and Practice”, Seventh Intl. Conference on Case Histories in geotechnical Engineering, May 1-4, 2013, Wheeling, Illinois, Chicago, USA [Conducted by Mussouri University of Science and Technology (MUST)] {paper No.1.01b}. Attended the conference and presented the paper.
  5. Shivashankar, R.  and Jayaraj, J. 2014, Effects of prestressing the reinforcement on the behaviour of reinforced granular beds overlying weak soil, Geotextiles and Geomembranes http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geotexmem.2013.08.008, Vol.42, Issue 1, year 2014, pp.69-75, Elsevier Publishers
  • Awarded Japanese Government Scholarship for doctoral studies at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand.  At AIT worked in a USAID funded project on MSE.  Subsequently, invited by Japanese Government to do post-doctoral research and teaching at Saga University, Japan.
  • Served NITK ably in several administrative positions as HOD of Civil Engineering Department (June 2003 to September 2006); Chairman of Centre for Continuing Education (July 2002 to Jan. 2008); First ever Dean of R&D (June 2007 to Dec. 2010); HOD of Department of Training and Placement  (March 2011 to March 2014).  As former Dean (R&D) was responsible for signing/ initiating several MOUs with many Indian and foreign Universities, research organizations and companies.
  • Distinguished service award by NITK Alumni Association during Golden Jubilee Celebrations of NITK 2010.
  • Selected as 'Conference Chair' for 10th International Symposium on Lowland Technology (10ISLT2016), Jointly to be organized by NITK Surathkal and Institute of Lowland and Marine Research (ILMR), Japan, on behalf of International Association of Lowland Technology (IALT) and supported by IISc Bangalore, to be held at Mangalore during September 2016 (hosted by NITK).
  • Guest Editor for a special issue on 'Geosynthetics', SEAGS-AGSSEA Journal: 2018 -2019.

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Department of Civil Engineering, NITK, Surathkal
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Karnataka, India.

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