Professor Jit Sharma is the inaugural Chair of Civil Engineering. He arrives at Lassonde School of Engineering with a wealth of engineering experience from around the world, having held academic appointments in India, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. From 2001 till his appointment as Chair of Civil Engineering, Dr. Sharma was a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at University of Saskatchewan where he taught soil mechanics, foundation engineering and geotechnical modelling at undergraduate and graduate levels, was a lead investigator on several geotechnical engineering and inter-disciplinary research projects and worked closely with the local industry as a specialist geotechnical engineering consultant. Dr. Sharma is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Saskatchewan. He also holds a Permission to Consult in Geotechnical Engineering in the province of Saskatchewan.
Professor Sharma's research interests include critical state soil mechanics, waste mechanics, geosynthetics, ground improvement techniques, soil-structure interaction, unsaturated soil mechanics, centrifuge modelling and numerical modelling. His work is funded by NSERC, industry, academia and municipal, provincial and federal government agencies. He is an Associate Editor of Canadian Geotechnical Journal – one of the top three geotechnical engineering journals in the world.
Dr. Sharma is well known for his passion for engineering education and has won several awards for teaching excellence. He is particularly interested in the use of web-based technologies to develop and deliver out-of-classroom learning tools so that classroom time can be devoted on engaging the students in group-based problem solving and discussions. His vision for revolutionizing the in-classroom experience of students exemplifies the Lassonde approach to learning.
- Geotechnical centrifuge modelling
- Critical state soil mechanics
- Constitutive and numerical modelling in geotechnics
- Soil-structure Interaction
- Waste mechanics
- Sustainable geotechnics
- Ground improvement techniques
- Unsaturated soil mechanics