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Dr. Sudheesh T. K.
Associate Professor
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Research Area
Geotechnical Engineering: Deep Foundations; Slope & Embankment Stabilisation; and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
Additional Information
Professional Experience
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad, Kerala, India (Nov, 2021 – present).
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad, Kerala, India (Dec, 2016 – Nov, 2021).
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan (Feb, 2016 – Dec, 2016).
  • Geotechnical Engineer, H R Engineering Services, Inc., Florida, USA (Jan, 2014 – Jan, 2016).
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida, USA (Jan, 2013 – Dec, 2013).
  • Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India (Aug, 2005 – Aug, 2008).
  • PhD in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) - University of Florida, USA
  • M.Tech in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) - College of Engineering Trivandrum / University of Kerala 
  • B.Tech in Civil Engineering - Government Engineering College, Thrissur / University of Calicut 


Professional Engineer (P.E.), Texas Board of Professional Engineers.


Life Member, Indian Geotechnical Society

Life Member, The Indian Society for Technical Education.

  • CE 5006 Foundation Engineering (M.Tech)
  • CE 5005 Geotechnical Investigations and Instrumentation (M.Tech)
  • CE 5101 Computational Geomechanics lab (M.Tech)
  • CE 5004 Experimental Geotechnics (M.Tech)
  • CE 5001 Advanced Foundation Engineering (B.Tech Elective, MS/PhD)
  • CE 3350 Geotechnical Engineering (B.Tech)
  • CE 2060 Geology and Soil Mechanics (B.Tech)
  • CE 2080 Surveying Theory (B.Tech)
  • CE 4010 Estimation and Construction Management (B.Tech, with Dr. Sunitha)
  • CE 3410 Construction Materials Lab (B.Tech)
  • CE 2100 Surveying Practical (B.Tech)
Research Group

PhD Students

1) Alpha Lukose (July 2017 - present), Ongoing, Area of research - Cavity Expansion Theory and Pressure-grouted Soil Nails

2) Neeraj C R (Jan 2020 - present), Ongoing, Area of research - Rock-socketed Piles/Drilled Shafts

3) Gopika Rajagopal (July 2020 - present), PMRF, Ongoing, Area of research - Helical Soil Nails

4) Twinkle S (Jan 2021 - present), Ongoing, Area of research - Stem-grouted Piles


MS Students:

1) Neeraj C R (July 2017 - Dec 2019), Completed, Topic: Analysis of Pile-Stabilised Slopes Incorporating Horizontal and Vertical Arching

2) Gopika Rajagopal (Jan 2018 - July 2020), Completed, Topic: Evaluation of Hybrid Back-to-Back MSE Wall with Select and Marginal Backfill


Sponsored Research Projects
  • Sudheesh T. K. (PI), "Development of Membrane-confined Stem Grouted Piles and their behaviour under Uplift Loading", DST SERB Core Research Grant, (2020-2023), Amount: 30.42 Lakh
  • Albert Sunny (PI) and Sudheesh T. K. (Co-PI), "ZIGBEE Based Wireless Sensor Network for Landslide", ISRO, (2020-2022), Amount: 15.52 Lakh
  • Tom V. Mathew (PI), B. K. Bhavathrathan B. K., Rakesh J. Pillai, Sudheesh T. K., and Veena Venudharan (Co-PIs), "Sustainable and Resilient Environment Friendly Solutions for Hill Road Design Through a Pilot Study on Mannarkkad -Chinnathadagam Road", Kerala PWD, (2019-2021), Amount: 24.99 Lakh
  • Rakesh J. Pillai (PI), Nitheesh K., Abhijith A., Bhavathrathan B. K., Sudheesh T. K. (Co-PIs), "Regional road resilience using landslide susceptibility model", Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), (2021-2022), Amount: 7.5 Lakh

Recent Publications

Gopika Rajagopal and Sudheesh Thiyyakkandi
International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering DOI: 10.1007/s40891-022-00416-9 (2022)
Alpha Lukose and Sudheesh Thiyyakkandi
International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering DOI: (2022)
Sudheesh Thiyyakkandi, Michael McVay, C.R. Neeraj
ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 148 (6) (2022)
Alpha Lukose and Sudheesh Thiyyakkandi
Geomechanics and Engineering 28 (4) 405-419 (2022)
Sudheesh Thiyyakkandi, P. Shankar, C. R. Neeraj, Alpha Lukose
Innovative Infrastructure Solutions DOI: 10.1007/s41062-021-00724-5 (2021)