Prof Sridharan is one of the most distinguished Civil Engineers of the country specializing in the field of Geotechnical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the top three academies, Indian National Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy and Indian national Academy of Engineering.(FASc, FNA & FNAE). He is also Honorary Fellow of the Indian Geotechnical Society for which he was also the President (1996-1998).
As part of his research activity, his contributions to the fundamental understanding of the Engineering behavior of clays have been well acknowledged internationally. He has published more than 350 papers out of which 160 are in reputed international journals. He has guided 35 candidates for their PhDs and a number of them for their MSc(Engg) and ME degrees. Prof Sridharan has presented several invited and key note lectures in International Conferences and seminars. He has handled a number of sponsored projects including a major project on Characterisation of Fly Ash from DST-TIFAC.
Prof Sridharan has been an active Consultant in his specialisation having handled more than 240 projects including one abroad (The Indian Consulting Civil Engineering Association has honoured him with ACCE Gourav Award as best Consultant in 2002).
In view of his significant contributions to research and Technical education Purdue University, Indiana, USA, presented him the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus award in 1995. The Indian Institute of Science has conferred on him the Distinguished Alumni award in 2002. Indian National Science Academy has presented The Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis Medal. The Indian Geotechnical Society has invited him to deliver International Terzagi Oration ( the highest award of the society ) in October 2014
At the Indian Institute of Science Prof Sridharan has substantially contributed to the administration of the Institute, as Chairman of Civil Engineering Department (1984-1987), as Chairman of Division of Mechanical Sciences (1987-1994), as Deputy Director (1994-1997) and as Advisor (1997-2000).
Prof Sridharan has been very active as a member of a number of State and Central Government Technical Committees.