Professor Devendra Narain Singh

Dr. D. N. Singh was born in 1965 at Shahjahanpur, UP, India. He has been a faculty member of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, since 1994. Before joining IIT Bombay he has served Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi, and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, for short durations. His early education was completed at Lucknow, UP, India. He obtained his bachelor’s, masters and Doctoral degrees from IIT Kanpur in 1986, 1989 and 1993, respectively.
His teaching, and research and developmental activities are in quite diversified areas of geotechnical engineering (viz., soil mechanics, foundation engineering, environmental geotechnology, mechanics of unsaturated soils, soil characterization based on thermal and electrical properties, contaminant transport in porous media, mineralogical characterization, utilization and recycling of industrial waste, geotechnical centrifuge modeling, etc.). He has published 285 technical articles of which 199 are in the refereed journals. He has supervised 36 Doctoral (and 7 ongoing) dissertations and 35 Masters theses. He has been successful in filing 19 (Indian) and 1 US patents and 3 have been granted.
Apart from teaching and research, Dr. Singh has been very actively associated with some of the most prestigious business houses, as an in-house instructor and retainer consultant. He has taken up sponsored projects from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Department of Science and Technology (DST-TIFAC), All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). With financial aids received from these and several other organizations, he has established a state-of-the-art Environmental Geotechnology Laboratory in the department.
Dr. Singh has founded Environmental Geotechnics, ICE Publishing, London, UK, and has been its Editor-in-chief. He has been ‘Editorial Board Member’ of several journals of repute. He is the recipient of Young teachers’ award instituted by the AICTE, New Delhi and JUNIOR/SENIOR Paper Award from the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG) for the year 2005. He was Chairman, 12th IACMAG, GOA, India, 1-6 October 2008.
He is the recipient of Excellent Contributions Award 2008, which is given by the IACMAG to individuals who have a record of significant contributions in research, academic activities and professional service in different regions of the globe. He is the recipient of John R. Booker Excellence Award-2011, which is given by the IACMAG for the advancement of research, education and practice of Environmental Geotechnology and development of novel techniques to simulate contaminant transport in geomaterials, under laboratory and in-situ conditions. He is the recipient of Richard Feynman Prize 2014, for the best paper published by the ICE journal.
Dr. Singh is Fellow of:

  1. Indian National Academy of Engineering, New Delhi
  2. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and
  3. Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), London, UK