Sivapalan Gajan

S. GAJAN

Associate Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

North Dakota State University (NDSU)

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2006
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2001
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1999

Research Interests

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Dynamic Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction
  • Computational Modeling of Geotechnical Systems
  • Current Research Projects

Teaching Interests

  • Soil Mechanics
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Slope Stability and Retaining Walls
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Numerical Methods and Scientific Computation
  • Current Courses

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Dept. Civil Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo - August 2012 to Present
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. Civil Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo - August 2006 to July 2012
  • Associate Instructor, Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis - January to March, 2006
  • Graduate Student Researcher, Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis - 2000 to 2006
  • Teaching Assistant, Dept. Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis - Winter 2005, Winter 2004, and Spring 2001
  • Lecturer, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, January to July, 2000
  • Instructor/Demonstrator, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Sept. to Dec., 1999
  • Civil Engineering Intern, Sri Lanka, 3 months-1998, and 3 months-1999

Awards and Honors

  • Teacher of the Year, College of Engineering and Architecture, North Dakota State University - 2013
  • UC Davis Prize for Excellence in Geotechnical Engineering Award, University of California, Davis - 2005
  • CITRIS Research Fellowship Award (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society), California Institutes of Science and Innovation - 2003
  • Non-Resident Tuition Fellowship, University of California, Davis - 2000 to 2006
  • Best Student Paper Award, Engineering Jubilee Congress, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2000
  • First Class Honors in B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1999

Professional Service

  • Reviewer of the following Journals: Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Earthquake Spectra, EERI, International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Elsevier, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Elsevier, International Journal of Physical Modeling in Geotechnics, Japan, Engineering Structures, Elsevier, Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, Journal of Testing and Evaluation, ASTM,
  • Lead Reviewer, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics - IV, Sacramento, California, May 2008
  • Member: University Senate, NDSU
  • Member: Graduate, Research, and Extension (GRE) Committee, College of Engineering and Architecture, NDSU
  • Member: Promotion, Tenure, and Evaluation (PTE) Committee, Department of Civil Engineering, NDSU
  • Member: Program Fee Committee, Department of Civil Engineering, NDSU

Selected Publications

  • Gajan, S., Raychowdhury, P., Hutchinson, T. C., Kutter, B. L., and Stewart, J. P. (2010), "Application and validation of practical tools for nonlinear soil-foundation interaction analysis", Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 26 (1), pp 111-129 (abstract)
  • Gajan, S. and Kutter, B. L. (2009), "Contact interface model for shallow foundations subjected to combined cyclic loading", Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 135 (3), pp 407-419 (abstract)
  • Gajan, S. and Kutter, B. L. (2008), "Capacity, settlement, and energy dissipation of shallow footings subjected to rocking", Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 134 (8), pp 1129-1141 (abstract)
  • Gajan, S., Phalen, J. D., Kutter, B. L., Hutchinson, T. C. and Martin, G. (2005), "Centrifuge modeling of load-deformation behavior of rocking shallow foundations", Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 25 (7-10), pp 773-783 (abstract)
  • Kutter, B. L., Gajan, S., Balakrishnan, A., and Manda, K. K. (2004), "Effects of layer thickness and density on settlement and lateral spreading", Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 130 (6), pp 603-614 (abstract)