Expertise: Geotechnical Engineering
BTech Civil Engineering (Univ. of Kerala, India, 1985), MTech Civil Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology, 1987), PhD Civil Engineering (Louisiana State University 1993)
Dr. Pradeep Kurup graduated in 1985, with a B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kerala, India. He received his M.Tech. in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology,Madras (1987). He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (1993) from Louisiana State University (LSU). Subsequent to his doctoral research, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Civil Engineering at LSU. In 1994 he joined Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC/LSU) as a research associate IV. He was soon promoted to research associate V, and nominated to the graduate faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering at LSU (1996). In 1997, Dr. Kurup joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell as an assistant professor.
He was tenured and promoted to an associate professor in 2001, and subsequently promoted to a full professor in 2005.
Dr. Kurup is the recipient of the prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (1999-2003) for his integrated research and education plan on developing AInnovative Technologies for Expedited Site Characterization in the New Millennium He was also awarded the 1999 CERF Career Development Award by the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF, ASCE). Dr. Kurups research has been supported by federal and state agencies (National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, National Research Council, Louisiana Department of Transportation). He has developed collaborations with industry, academia and state agencies such as Geoprobe Systems Inc.; Fugro Engineers Inc., Netherlands & USA; SAGE Engineering; Norwegian Geotechnical Institute; Norwegian University of Science and Technology; University of Federal Vicosa, Brazil; Louisiana Transportation Research Center and Louisiana State University; Massachusetts Highway Department ;and Lowell High School.
Dr. Kurup's area of specialization is geotechnical engineering. He has vast expertise in advanced experimental techniques (laboratory and in-situ) and in analytical modeling (constitutive modeling, finite element analysis, and artificial neural networks). He is also specialized in instrumentation and data acquisition for geotechnical systems and has directed and assisted in several in situ testing projects. He has done extensive research in the areas of site characterization and monitoring, application of novel sensing technology to geotechnical & geo-environmental engineering, calibration chamber testing, soil-structure interaction, and "Seeing-Ahead Techniques" for trenchless technologies. Dr. Kurup has published his research contributions in several peer reviewed journals and noteworthy conferences proceedings. He has also made numerous presentations at national/international conferences and symposiums.
Dr. Kurup is an active member in several professional societies in the academic field including the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Testing and Materials, American Society for Engineering Education, International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Boston Society of Civil Engineers, Massachusetts Teachers Association, United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research, International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Indian Geotechnical Society, and the Institution of Engineers (India). Dr. Kurup is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Louisiana.