Biographical Sketch - Profile Summary

Prof. Dr. T.G.Sitharam is a KSIIDC Chair Professor in the area of Energy and Mechanical Sciences IISc and Senior Professor (HAG Scale) at the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He was former founder Chairman of a Center for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) at IISc. He is presently the Chairman, AICTE South western zonal committee, Regional office at Bengaluru and vice president, Indian Society for Earthquake Technology (ISET). He was also a Visiting Professor at Yamaguchi University, Japan, and ISM Dhanbad, Jharkhand.

He had earlier completed his Masters from Indian Institute of Science (in 1986) and Ph.D. from University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada (1991).

Over the last 25 years, he has carried out seismic microzonation of urban centers in India and also developed innovative technologies in the area of fracturing and geotechnical applications, leading to about 500 technical papers, seven books, three patents, 100 consulting projects and two startup companies. He guided 27 Ph.D. and 25 Masters students and trained several postdoctoral and several thousand industry professionals and teachers through continuing education workshops.

His work has been recognized by Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) through IGS-Kucklemann award in 2015 and by IIT Roorkee through Prof. Gopal Ranjan research award in 2014 for his life time contributions in Geotechnical Engineering. He was also a recipient of Sir CV Raman Young Scientist Award in engineering sciences in 2002 and recipient of many other awards. He is the chief editor of two international journals in his areas of research.

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.

Research Activities

  • 22 years of research experience.
  • 436 research publications (Journal Publicatoions 156, Edited Journals 6, Geotechnical Special Publications 3, Conference Publications 251, Edited Conference proceedings 8, Books 6, 6 Book chapters 6, etc.)
  • Provided research guidance to more than 60 research students.
  • Developed many instruments.
  • Handled government projects (Total ammount ~ 3.5 Crores)
  • Various in-depth geotechnical consultancies provided to Industry.

Teaching and Guidance

  • Teaching various courses to undergraduate, postgraduate studends and professional engineers.
  • Provided research guidance to more than 60 research students.
  • Developed extensive course material for many courses.
  • Developed and coordinated very elaborate continuing education programmes for professional engineers in India through Centre for continuing education, IISc, Bangalore and conducted several courses.
  • Worked on various relevant projects like 'Internet Classroom' (DISR project), multimedia lab for preparation of web based course materials at CCE, QIP centers in Civil Engineering etc.

Professional Activities

  • Delivered memorial lectures.
  • Delivered many lectures in India and abroad as 'invited lecture'.
  • Worked as editor for journals and special issues.
  • Worked as reviewer for technical journals.
  • Worked as chairman for conferences and symposiums.
  • Organised conferences and many important meetings.

Positions Held

Present Position
At Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Director & Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering

  • Held many visitng professor positions at abroad universities.
  • Worked as coordinator/member of many government technical committees.
  • Part of academic and administration committees at IISc, Banglore - India.


The Center for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is established in the year 2009 during the centenary celebrations of Indian Institute of Science, with inputs from many visionaries, organizations and has plans and road map to be one of the finest centers of advanced research and training in the field of transportation engineering in India and abroad.