Professor Devendra Narain Singh

Institute Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Areas of Interest:

Geotechnical Engineering, Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering, Environmental Geotechnology, Civil Engineering.


Problematic and Challenging soils, Toxic and Hazardous Waste disposal & Valorization, Bio-solids & Geomaterial characterization, Radioactive waste disposal and containment

Consultancy Areas:

Dredging & Reclamation, Infrastructure development, railways and highways, Characterization of soils, rocks and industrial by products for sustainable development, landslide mitigation and rock fall protection, river training, application of fly ash and other admixtures.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, Law Enforcement Agencies, Consultancy Firms, Private Agencies, Individuals

Major Professional Contributions:

Prof. Singh has successfully innovated, developed and publicized Environmental Geotechnology, a new subject, in the realm of Geotechnical Engineering education and practice. He has demonstrated the importance and relevance of revising classical concepts so as to imbibe the influence of various environmental factors that govern interaction of contaminants with geomaterials and their degradation in the long run. His research and professional activities are quite basic, interdisciplinary, focused on addressing challenges being faced by the society.

Professional Experience:

  • Professor (IIT Bombay, Dept. of Civil Engg.), March 2003-till date.
  • Associate Professor (IIT Bombay, Dept. of Civil Engg.), October 1998-March 2003
  • Assistant Professor (IIT Bombay, Dept. of Civil Engg.), August 1994-October 1998
  • Lecturer (IIT Kharagpur, Dept. Of Civil Engg.), February 1994-August 1994.


Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Geotechnology, Problematic and Challenging soils, Toxic and Hazardous Waste disposal & Valorization, Bio-solids & Geomaterial, Dredging & Reclamation, Infrastructure development, Railways, Highways, Characterization of soils, rocks, Sustainable development, Landslides, Rock fall protection, River training, Flyash.


Contact Information


Dept. of Civil Engineering
IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai-400076

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  • Ph.D., IIT Kanpur, Geotechnical Engineering, 1993
  • M.Tech., IIT Kanpur, Geotechnical Engineering, 1989
  • B.Tech., IIT Kanpur, Civil Engineering, 1986


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • John R. Booker Excellence Award-2011
  • The International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG) SIGNIFICANT JUNIOR/SENIOR Paper Award (2005).
  • 2003 SP Research Award, SP Foundation, Rolla, MO, USA.
  • Career Award for Young Teachers, 1997 to 2000. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated To: Section I: Civil Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2010

Year of Birth: 1965