November 07, 2006

SIUC engineering professor receives academic award

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Sanjeev Kumar, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is the recipient of an academic award from the Korean Geo-Environmental Society. The award recognizes outstanding performance and exemplary achievement that greatly contributes to the advancement of geoenvironmental engineering.

Kumar received the award recently for his published papers in geoenvironmental engineering, including, "An Approximate Method to Determine Lateral Force on Piles or Piers Installed to Support a Structure Through Sliding Mass."

Kumar said he is very pleased to receive the international recognition. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Distinguished Fellow of Institute of Hospital Engineering. In 2005, he received a professional recognition award from ASCE.

Kumar will present a keynote lecture titled "State-of-the-Art Analysis of Pile Groups Subjected to Lateral Loads" and makes a paper presentation Nov. 9, in South Korea at the International Conference on New Developments in Geoenvironmental and Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Incheon. Kumar also will give a seminar and making a paper presentation at Sangji University in Wonju City.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is in the College of Engineering. Kumar is the University's outstanding teacher for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Kumar joined SIUC's College of Engineering in 1998 after more than 11 years of professional practice, including a four-year stint as a geotechnical engineer for Geotechnology Inc., a consulting corporation with offices in St. Louis, Kansas City and Collinsville.

After joining the faculty Kumar received promotions to associate and then full professor in 2002 and 2005 respectively. He welcomes undergraduate students on his research projects and has published several technical papers with some of them.

Kumar earned his bachelor's degree in 1986 in India and his master's and doctorate degrees in 1993 and 1996 respectively from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

During the last eight years, he has focused his research on practical uses for bottom ash, a byproduct of coal-burning power plants, and the analysis and design of foundations under static and dynamic loads.

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Sanjeev Kumar

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