Professor Jitendrapal (Jit) Sharma

PhD in Geotechnical Engineering (1994, Cambridge University), MTech in Geotechnical Engineering (1989, IIT Kanpur), BEng in Civil Engineering (1987, University of Bombay). P.Eng. (Ontario and Saskatchewan, Canada), Consulting Geotechnical Engineer (Saskatchewan, Canada), MASCE, MCSCE
Professor Jit Sharma is the Professor and Department Chair, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, Toronto, Canada. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo and Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Prof. Sharma has 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, Prof. Sharma was a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, 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. Prof. 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.
Prof. 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. Prof. Sharma is an Associate Editor of Canadian Geotechnical Journal – one of the top three geotechnical engineering journals in the world.
Prof. 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. Among his many awards, Professor Jit Sharma received the 2013 Educator of the Year award by the Saskatoon Engineering Society.