Sudhakar Rao

Sudhakar Rao

Chairman
Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science
Global citizen
Education: PhD
Bio:
Dr. Sudhakar M. Rao is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Associate Faculty, Center for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
 His research areas include, groundwater geochemistry, remediation of contaminated drinking water, hazardous waste management and re-use of waste materials.
He has published 90 papers mainly in leading International Journals and supervised 18 Ph.D. and 7 M.Sc. (Engineering) dissertations in the broad area of Geoenvironmental engineering.
He has been a visiting scientist at McGill University, Ryerson University, Canada and Cardiff University, UK.
He has handled/handling several sponsored research projects in Geoenvironment engineering funded by Department of Science and Technology, Bureau of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Ministry of Drinking Water and Private Industries to examine diverse problems of monitoring contaminated groundwater, impact of anthropogenic contamination on groundwater quality, develop technologies to remediate contaminated groundwater, develop clay barriers to contain toxic wastes and re-use of hazardous waste in civil engineering applications.
 He has developed a patent for fluoride removal from contaminated drinking water using magnesium oxide and is developing sustainable technologies for removal of nitrate and hexavalent chromium from contaminated drinking water. Recently he has developed a geopolymerization process to convert fly ash (from thermal power plants) into sand.

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