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Dr. Sudheesh T. K.
Asst. Professor
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Research Area
Geotechnical Engineering: Deep Foundations; Slope & Embankment Stabilisation; and Soil-Structure Interaction
Additional Information
Professional Experience
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad, Kerala, India (Dec, 2016 – present).
  • 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)
  • CE5101 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 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), 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, Rakesh J. Pillai, Sudheesh T. K., and Veena Venudharan (Co-PI), "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

Recent Publications

Gopika Rajagopal, Sudheesh Thiyyakkandi
Transportation Geotechnics 26 (2021)
C. R. Neeraj and Sudheesh Thiyyakkandi
Geomechanics and Engineering 23 (5) 481-491 (2020)
Alpha Lukose, Sudheesh Thiyyakkandi
Indian Geotechnical Conference (2020), Accepted (2020)
Gopika Rajagopal and Sudheesh T. K.
7th Indian Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference (2019)
Sudheesh Thiyyakkandi, Michael McVay, Peter Lai, and Rodrigo Herrera
ASCE Geotechnical frontiers (2017)