Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science and Engineering

Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna

Buddhima Indraratna has been promoted to the highest echelon of professoriate structure, as inaugural Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at University of Wollongong from January 2016 recognising his outstanding contributions to geotechnical engineering over two decades.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons, London); MSc (London); PhD (Alberta), DIC, FIEAust, FASCE, FGS, CPEng, CEng

Education

  • 1987
    PhD, University of Alberta, Canada
  • 1983
    MSc, Imperial College, University of London
  • 1982
    BSc (Hons), Civil Engineering, Imperial College, University of London

Awards

  • 2014
    Chandra S Desai Medal by IACMAG
  • 2013
    Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Partnerships
  • 2012
    Eurasian University Medal for Contributions to Transport Geotechnical Practice
  • 2012
    Prix Robert M. Quigley Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • 2011
    Fellow, Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Australia
  • 2011
    Engineers Australia Transport Medal
  • 2010
    Appointment to Awards Committee of the International Society of Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) – over 19000 members of the worldwide geotechnical community
  • 2010
    Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • 2009
    Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation Award for Collaborative Industry Partnerships, Uni. of Wollongong
  • 2009
    B-HERT (Business-Higher Education Round Table) Award: “Best Research and Development Collaboration”, Australian Government, Dept. of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations.
  • 2009
    EH Davis Memorial Lecture, Australian Geomechanics Society
  • 2008
    IACMAG Outstanding Paper Award: Indraratna, et al. (2005)
  • 2008
    Award for Excellent Contributions, International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG)
  • 2007
    Prix Robert M. Quigley Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • 2006
    Wollongong Trailblazer Open Competition – First Prize for research innovation
  • 2004
    Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2001
    Hon. Late Prime Minister Sirima Bandaranaike Award, Ministry of Science and Technology, Sri Lanka
  • 1999
    Fellow, Institution of Engineers Australia
  • 1999
    Swedish Geotechnical Society Award for contribution to the field of ground improvement. Award received at the 12th European Conference on Soil Mechanics
  • 1998
    Fellow, Geological Society of London
  • 1997
    Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Wollongong, Australia

Employment

Current Positions

  • 2015
    Distinguished Adjunct Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • 2012
    Research Director, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • 2008
    Distinguished Honorary Professor, Shanghai University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China
  • 1999
    Professor of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia

Previous Positions

  • 2006
    Head, School of Civil Mining and Environmental Engineering, University of Wollongong
  • 2000
    Program Leader (Track Upgrading), CRC for Railway Engineering
  • 2000
    Founding Director, Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering
  • 2000
    Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Wollongong
  • 1993
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil and Mining Engineering, University of Wollongong
  • 1991
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil and Mining Engineering, University of Wollongong
  • 1990
    Associate Professor, Asian Inst. of Technology, Thailand
  • 1988
    Assistant Professor, Asian Inst. of Technology, Thailand
  • 1987
    Research Engineer, Geomechanics Research Centre, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • 1982
    Civil Engineer, William Halcrow & Partners and Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau, Sri Lanka

Editorial Boards of International Journals

  • J. of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Eng., American Society of Civil Engineers (Associate Editor)
  • Canadian Geotechnical Journal (Associate Editor)
  • Int. J. of Geomechanics and Geoengineering (Editorial Board Member)
  • Ground Improvement, Proceedings of ICE, UK (Editorial Board Member)
  • Int. J. of Geomechanics and Engineering, Techno-Press (Editorial Board Member)

Research Interests

  • Soft Soil Engineering and Ground Improvement
  • Transportation Geomechanics
  • Jointed Rock Engineering
  • Dams and Embankment Engineering