Department Director, Sai Vanapalli awarded the 2015 George S. Glinski Award for Excellence in research

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sai Vanapalli

This award recognizes contributions to research which have earned distinction for the researcher and for the Faculty in any engineering field or applied science.

Professor Sai Vanapalli has contributed much to the advancement of geotechnical engineering during a professional career that now spans more than 20 years.

Dr. Vanapalli received his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in 1994. Since then, he has been actively involved with research activities related to mechanics of unsaturated soils, primarily dealing with engineering properties of unsaturated soils such as shear strength, stiffness, coefficient of permeability, volume change behavior and proposing innovative techniques for the design of geotechnical infrastructures in unsaturated soils and problematic soils (e.g., expansive soils, collapsible soils and sensitive clays).

Professor Vanapalli has authored or co-authored over 200 research publications. He has been invited to present 11 keynote and 2 plenary addresses, and 1 invited contribution in different distinguished national and international conferences in the past 5 years. He is also received Stermac Award for his service contributions to the Canadian Geotechnical Society in 2010 and has organized several national and international geotechnical engineering conferences.

This scholar has been successful in attracting external research funding totalling close to $1M from a variety of private and public sources. He is an outstanding researcher, as well as a dedicated educator and a committed academic leader.

Dr. Vanapalli is a volunteer for several activities of Canadian Geotechnical Society, Professional Engineers of Ontario and TC6 committee of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering which is responsible for promoting cooperation and exchange of knowledge in the area of mechanics of Unsaturated Soils.

Engineering Dean, Dr. Claude Lague added, “As spokesperson for our faculty community, I wish to sincerely congratulate Sai for this well-deserved recognition.

Professor Vanapalli added “I would like express my sincere thanks to my graduate students for their research contributions under my supervision. This award would not have been possible but for their dedication and hard work over the last 20 years. In addition, I’d like to thank my colleagues at the University of Ottawa for inspiring and motivating my own work.

This award is named in honor of Professor George S. Glinski who was the co-founder of Computing Devices of Canada (1948), which grew into one of Canada’s first publicly traded, export-oriented technology companies that produced such spinoffs as Northern Electric (NORTEL), Gandalf Technologies and Leigh instruments. He is widely considered to be the father of high-technology in Canada.

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