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Sanjay is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and the Program Leader of the Discipline of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering.
Dr Shukla graduated in 1988 with a first-class degree with distinction in Civil Engineering from BIT Sindri (Ranchi University, Ranchi), India. He received his MTech in Civil Engineering (Engineering Geology) in 1992 and his PhD in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering) in 1995 from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.
He has held a visiting appointment at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, James Cook University, Australia from April 2008 to October 2008, where he taught Geosynthetic Engineering and Rock Mechanics, and he has been an Adjunct Associate Professor there during 2008 to 2011. He has also held visiting appointments at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong during 2002 to 2005. Prior to joining the Edith Cowan University in April 2009, he has been an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He collaborates with several world-class universities, research institutions, industries and individuals on academic and field projects. As a Consulting Geotechnical Engineer, he has successfully provided solutions to the challenging field problems faced by many engineering organisations.
Sanjay has over 20 years of teaching, research and consultancy experience in the field of Geotechnical and Geosynthetic Engineering. He has a strong research profile. His research contributions include development of many new fundamental engineering concepts for applications in field projects covering civil engineering as well as interdisciplinary areas, such as mining and geological engineering. His primary areas of research include geosynthetics and their applications, ground improvement, soil-structure interaction, soil dynamics, rock engineering, pavement engineering, and mining and environmental geotechnics. He has authored more than 135 research papers and technical articles including over 85 refereed journal publications. He is also author/co-author/editor of 7 books, including 4 textbooks, and 12 book chapters. His book titled ‘Core Principles of Soil Mechanics’ published by ICE Publishing London, is a very popular textbook worldwide.
He has been honoured with the Executive Deans’ award (2011) from the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, Edith Cowan University for establishing teaching and research infrastructures in Civil Engineering, the Best Researcher Award (2011) from the School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, the Vishwakarma Award (2007) from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhwat Parishad, India for the best technical contribution in the form of a book at the global level, and the Best Paper Award (1995) from the Indian Geotechnical Society for presenting the concept of prestressing the geosynthetic reinforcement.
He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering, Springer International Publishing, the Netherlands. He serves on the editorial boards of Ground Improvement (ICE Publishing, UK), Geotechnical Research (ICE Publishing, UK), International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering (Maney Publishing, UK), Indian Geotechnical Journal (Springer, the Netherlands), and Cogent Engineering (Taylor and Francis, UK). Presently, he is the Scientific Editor of the Journal of Mountain Science (Springer, The Netherlands). He has been also the Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the Indian Geotechnical Journal (Vol. 43, No. 4, 2013) on Geosynthetic Engineering, and the Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering (Vol. 8, No. 3, 2014) on Geosynthetics. He is a reviewer of several international journals in the areas of Geotechnical and Geosynthetic Engineering.
Sanjay is a fellow of the Engineers Australia, a life fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and the Indian Geotechnical Society, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the International Geosynthetics Society, and a life member of the Indian Roads Congress, the Indian Society for Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling Technology, the Indian Society for Technical Education, and the Coal Ash Institute of India. He has been the Founding Honorary Secretary of the Indian Geotechnical Society, Varanasi Chapter, from 2005 to 2007, and its Chairman from 2007 to 2009.