Sreevalsa Kolathayar


Assistant Professor

Date of Joining at NITK: 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Professional Experience: 

Dr Sreevalsa Kolathayar pursued M.Tech from IIT Kanpur, PhD from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and served as International Research Staff at UPC BarcelonaTech Spain. Dr Sreevalsa has authored Five books that are now subscribed by worldwide university libraries including MIT and Stanford. He published over 80 research articles. He is Associate Editor of two International Journals and acted as a reviewer for many international journals. He is currently the Secretary Indian chapter of International Association for Coastal Reservoir Research (IACRR), and Executive Committee Member of Indian Society of Earthquake Technology. In 2017, The New Indian Express honoured Dr Sreevalsa with South India's Most Inspiring Young Teachers Award. He is the recipient of ISET DK Paul Research Award from Indian Society of Earthquake Technology in 2018. He has received Marie Curie Action Fellowship from European Union and Professional Recognition Award from Center for Coastal Reservoir Research at University of Wollongong Australia. Dr Sreevalsa represented India at Sino-South Asian countries Disaster Risk Prevention and Reduction Forum at Chengdu, China. He is in the roster of two technical committees of ASCE Geo-Institute. He received "IEI Young Engineers Award" by The Institution of Engineers (India), in recognition of his contributions in the field of Civil Engineering. Recently Dr Sreevalsa was featured by the American Society of Civil Engineers in their Geostrata Magazine.

Contact Details



+91 9471192250

Academic Background

Academic Background: 

B.Tech, Government Engineering College Thrissur, University of Calicut, 2002-06
M.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 2007-09.
PhD, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, 2009-13
Marie Curie Action Fellow, UPC BarcelonaTech, Spain, 2013 (European Union Fellowship)

Areas of Interest

• Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
• Seismic Hazard and Risk
• Landslides
• Disaster Risk Reduction
• Reinforced earth
• Natural Geocells
• Water Geotechnics

Significant Publications

1. Civil Engineering for Disaster Risk Reduction. Kolathayar S, Pal I, SC Chian, Mondal A, Springer. 2021
2. Earthquake Hazard Assessment. Kolathayar S and Sitharam TG. ISBN 978-1-138-30923-4, CRC Press / Balkema, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
3. Comprehensive Seismic Zonation Schemes for Regions at different Scales. Sitharam T.G., Naveen James and Kolathayar S. ISBN: 978-3-319-89658-8, Springer International Publishing, 2018. DOI:
4. Preparing for Earthquakes: Lessons for India. Sitharam T.G. and Kolathayar S. ISBN: 978-3-319-59521-4, Springer International Publishing, 2017. DOI:
5. Sustainable Water Resource Development Using Coastal Reservoirs (Elsevier), T.G. Sitharam Shu-Qing Yang Roger Falconer Muttucumaru Sivakumar Brian Jones Sreevalsa Kolathayar Lim Sinpoh, Paperback ISBN: 9780128180020, 2020.
6. Geocells - Advances and Applications. T. G., Sitharam, Hegde, Amarnath M., Kolathayar, Sreevalsa (Eds.), Springer, ISBN: 978-981-15-6094-1, 2020.
7. Latest Developments in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, Sitharam, T.G., Jakka, Ravi, Kolathayar, Sreevalsa (Eds.), Springer, ISBN: 978-981-16-1467-5

Journal Publications:
1. Kolathayar, S., Amala Krishnan, U. S., & Sitharam, T. G. (2021). Appraisal of Thanneermukkom bund as a coastal reservoir in Kuttanad, Kerala. Journal of Applied Water Engineering and Research, 1-12.
2. Sarkar, R., Kolathayar, S., Drukpa, D., Choki, K., Rai, S., Tshering, S. T., & Yuden, K. (2021). Near-surface seismic refraction tomography and MASW for site characterization in Phuentsholing, Bhutan Himalaya. SN Applied Sciences, 3(4), 1-18.
3. Kolathayar, S., Sowmya, S., & Priyanka, E. (2020). Comparative Study for Performance of Soil Bed Reinforced with Jute and Sisal Geocells as Alternatives to HDPE Geocells. International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering, 6(4), 1-8.
4. Muthukumar, S., Kolathayar, S., Valli, A., & Sathyan, D. (2020). Pseudostatic analysis of soil nailed vertical wall for composite failure. Geomechanics and Geoengineering, 1-13.
5. Chitrachedu, R. K., & Kolathayar, S. (2020). Performance Evaluation of Coir Geocells as Soil Retention System under Dry and Wet Conditions. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 1-14. DOI:
6. Kolathayar, S., Narasimhan, S., Kamaludeen, R., & Sitharam, T. G. (2020). Performance of Footing on Clay Bed Reinforced with Coir Cell Networks. International Journal of Geomechanics, 20(8), 04020106. DOI:
7. Ramkrishnan, R., Sreevalsa, K., & Sitharam, T. G. (2020). Strong Motion Data Based Regional Ground Motion Prediction Equations for North East India Based on Non-Linear Regression Models. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 1-21. DOI:
8. S. Prasannan, S. Kolathayar, and A. Sharma, "Comparative Study on Bearing Capacity of Bottom Ash–Stabilized Soil Mixed with Natural and Synthetic Fibers," Advances in Civil Engineering Materials 9, no. 1 (2020): 411-426.
9. Deepa Devaraj, R. Ramkrishnan, T. Prabu, Sreevalsa Kolathayar and T. G. Sitharam (2020) Synthesis of Linear JTFA Based Response Spectra for Structural Response and Seismic Reduction Measures for North-East India, Journal of Earthquake and Tsunami,
10. Sengupta, S., & Kolathayar, S. (2020). Evaluation of Liquefaction Potential of Soil at a Power Plant Site in Chittagong, Bangladesh. International Journal of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (IJGEE), 11(1), 1-16. DOI:
11. Krishnan, A., & Kolathayar, S. (2020). Stability Analysis of Dike to Impound Freshwater in Brackish Water Estuarine Environment. The Open Construction and Building Technology Journal, 14(1). DOI:
12. Yang, S. Q., Sitharam, T. G., Sivakumar, M., Kolathayar, S., & Gowda, R. (2020). Strategic analysis on the potential of coastal reservoirs in reshaping Indian coastal economic corridor. International Journal of Ocean and Coastal Engineering. DOI:
13. Kolathayar, S., Aravind, C. A., & Shukla, S. K. (2019). Performance Assessment of Areca Leaf Grids for Soil Reinforcement Applications. Journal of Natural Fibers, 1-10. DOI:
14. Kolathayar S, C. A. Aravind & Sitharam TG (2019) Model Tests and Analytical Studies on Performance of Areca Leaf Cells as Cellular Confinement in Soil, Geomechanics and Geoengineering, DOI:
15. Kolathayar, S., Suja, P., Nair, V., Krishna, S., & Tamilarasi, G. (2019). Performance evaluation of seashell and sand as infill materials in HDPE and coir geocells. Innovative Infrastructure Solutions, 4(1), 17. DOI:
16. Kolathayar, S., Sitharam, T. G., & Yang, S. (2019). Coastal reservoir strategy to enhance India's freshwater storage by impounding river flood waters: a detailed overview. Water Supply, 19(3), 703-717. DOI:
17. Ramkrishnan, R., Sreevalsa, K., & Sitharam, T. G. (2019). Development of New Ground Motion Prediction Equation for the North and Central Himalayas Using Recorded Strong Motion Data. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 1-24. DOI:
18. Ramkrishnan, R., Kolathayar, S., & Sitharam, T. G. (2019). Seismic Hazard Assessment and Land Use Analysis of Mangalore City, Karnataka, India. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 1-22. DOI:
19. Raju S, Kolathayar S and Sharma AK (2018) Studies on Strength Behavior of Subgrade Soil mixed with Sand Manufacturing Dust and Fiber, Journal of GeoEngineering, 13(2), pp. 79-84. DOI:
20. Sooraj P Sudhakaran, Anil K Sharma, Kolathayar S (2018) Soil stabilization using bottom ash and areca fiber: Experimental investigations and reliability analysis. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (ASCE) 30(8), 04018169. DOI:
21. Parthasarathy C. R., Sitharam T. G. and Kolathayar, S. (2018). Geotechnical considerations for the concept of coastal reservoir at Mangaluru to impound the flood waters of Netravati River. Marine Georesources & Geotechnology, 1-9. DOI:
22. Kurup, S. S., & Kolathayar, S. (2018). Seismic Bearing Capacity Factor Considering Composite Failure Mechanism: Pseudo-Dynamic Approach. International Journal of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (IJGEE), 9(1), 65-77. DOI:
23. Kolathayar S, Sitharam T G, Ramkrishnan R, et al., (2017) Feasibility of creating a fresh water reservoir in the Arabian Sea impounding the flood waters of Netravathi River. Journal of Sustainable Urbanization, Planning and Progress, vol.2 (2): 38-42. DOI:
24. Sitharam T G, Kolathayar S, Samuel M P, et al., (2017) Feasibility study on formation of fresh water reservoir and impounding the surface runoff for urban water survival in a coastal brackish water region of Kollam, India. Journal of Sustainable Urbanization, Planning and Progress, vol.2 (2): 34-37. DOI:
25. Nayak M, Sitharam TG and Kolathayar S (2016) A Revisit to Seismic Hazard at Uttarakhand. International Journal of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Volume 6 (2) DOI:10.4018/IJGEE.2015070104
26. T.G. Sitharam, S. Kolathayar, and N. James (2015) Probabilistic assessment of surface level seismic hazard in India using topographic gradient as a proxy for site condition Geoscience Frontiers, Volume 6, Issue 6, Pages 847–859.
27. Kolathayar S, Sitharam T G and Vipin K S (2014) Probabilistic Liquefaction Potential Evaluation For India And Adjoining Areas Indian Geotechnical Journal. Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 269-277
28. Sitharam T G and Kolathayar S (2013) Seismic Hazard Analysis of India using Areal Sources. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences (Elsevier) 62: 647-653.
29. Arjun Sil, Sitharam T G and Kolathayar S (2013) Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis of Tripura and Mizoram States Natural Hazards Volume 68, Issue 2, pp 1089-1108
30. Vipin K S, Sitharam T G and Kolathayar S (2013) Assessment of Seismic Hazard and Liquefaction Potential of Gujarat Based on Probabilistic Approaches. Natural Hazards (Springer) Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 1179-1195
31. Kolathayar S and Sitharam T G (2012) Characterization of Regional Seismic Source Zones in and around India. Seismological Research Letters (Seismological Society of America) Vol. 83, No. 1, pp 77-85.
32. Kolathayar S and Sitharam T G (2012) Comprehensive Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis of Andaman-Nicobar Regions. Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, Vol. 102, No. 5, pp 2063-2076
33. Kolathayar S, Sitharam T G and Vipin K S (2012) Deterministic Seismic Hazard Macrozonation of India. Journal of Earth System Sciences (Springer) Vol. 121, No. 5, pp. 1351–1364.
34. Kolathayar S, Vipin K S and Sitharam T G (2012) Recent Seismicity in India and Adjoining Regions. International Journal for Earth Sciences and Engineering, Vol. 5, No.1, pp 51-59
35. Kolathayar S, Sitharam T G and Vipin K S (2012) Spatial variation of seismicity parameters across India and adjoining areas. Natural Hazards (Springer Publications) Vol. 60, No. 3, pp 1365-1379.
36. Ghosh P and Kolathayar S (2011) Seismic passive earth pressure behind non vertical wall with composite failure mechanism: pseudo-dynamic approach. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering Journal (Springer publication) Vol. 29, No. 3, pp 363-373
37. Kolathayar S and Ghosh P (2011) Seismic passive earth pressure on walls with bilinear backface using pseudo-dynamic approach. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering Journal (Springer publication) Vol. 29, No. 3, pp 307-317
38. Kolathayar S and Ghosh. P. (2009) Seismic active earth pressure on walls with bilinear backface using pseudo-dynamic approach. Computers and Geotechnics (Elsevier Publication), Vol. 36, No. 7, pp 1229-1236.


1. IEI Young Engineer Award 2019-20 in Civil Engineering Discipline by The Institution of Engineers (India).
2. ISET DK Paul Research Award for Best PhD Thesis in the area of Earthquake Risk Reduction, by Indian Society of Earthquake Technology, IIT Roorkee, (for 2013-16).
3. Excellence in Research Award by Amria Vishwa Vidyapeetham, 2018.
4. Award by Center for Coastal Reservoir Research, Univ. of Wollongong, Australia. 2018
5. 40 under 40: South India’s Most Inspiring Young Teacher Award, by The New Indian Express, 2017
6. Professional Excellence Award by IACRR at Kuala Lumpur, 2017.
7. Marie Curie Action Fellowship by European Union, 2013.
8. Represented India at 2nd Sino-South Asian Countries Disaster Prevention and Reduction Forum at Chengdu China in May 2018
9. Associate Editor, International Journal of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (IJGEE), IGI Global, USA
10. Associate Editor, International Journal of Geosyntheitcs and Ground Engineering, Springer.
11. Technical Committee Member of ‘Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics’, Geo-Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
12. Expert member of the Working Group (WG) on developing a new Indian Standard IS 13920 (Part 11) on "Earthquake Resistant Design and Detailing of Coastal Structures".


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