Prof. B. R. Srinivasa Murthy


Prof. B R Srinivasa Murthy was born in 1943 in a small village of Karnataka. After schooling in the village he studied Civil Engineering in Mysore and graduated in 1966. He obtained M Tech in Soil Engineering from IIT Powai in 1968. For a short while he was SRF under CSIR Scheme in IIT Delhi during 1968-69. He served as Lecturer in Civil Engineering at SIT Tumkur during 1969-70. He joined PWD as Junior Engineer and served for two and half years designing Major Irrigation Project Structures. He spent a short period of about 8 Months as Asst. Design Engineer with MECON in Bhilai, designing Steel plant structures. His passion for teaching brought him back to the academic line and joined the University Visweswaraya College of Engineering of Bangalore University as Lecturer in September 1973. He became Reader in 1981.
He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Science in 1983. His Ph.D. thesis was awarded with Prof G. A. Leonard’s Prize of IGS and Prof. P.S. Narayna Medal of IISc. In 1984 he joined Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and promoted as Associate Professor in 1991 and as Professor in 1998. He has served as Registrar of Indian Institute of Science for over three years. He retired from the services of the Institute in 2005.
In over two decades of service of Prof. B R Srinivasa Murthy at IISc he has guided 14Ph.D. and 7MSc Engineering theses in addition to scores of ME dissertations. He has published/presented over 100 Technical papers in international refereed journals, International and National Conferences. He has also co-authored a book titled “Prediction of soil Behavior” with Prof. T S Nagaraj and Dr. A Vatsala. The areas of research interest of Prof. Murthy were Constitutive Modeling of Fine grained soils including cemented and unsaturated soils, Cam-Clay models, Reinforced Earth and Reinforced Soil Beds and Ground Improvement Techniques like Micro-piling and Grouted anchors. Prof. Murthy has very widely travelled abroad as a researcher , Fellow and visiting faculty.
Prof. Murthy has been conferred with many honors including “The Fellow of Institution of Engineers”, “Honorary Fellow of ACCE”, “Life Fellow if IGS”. He has been awarded the IGS-AFCONS KUECKLEMAN AWARD in 2004, Distinguished Engineer Award of the year 2006 by Institution of Engineers (India) and Outstanding Civil Engineer’s Award of ACCE in 2008.
Prof. Murthy has successfully constructed several vehicular and pedestrian under passes below high ways by Box-Jacking technique without disturbing the road or the traffic. Protection of deep excavations (up to 25M) with soil nailing techniques, in most of the major cities in India has been his current field of activity over the last decade. Alternative foundations on filled up and week soils are being handled regularly.
Prof. Srinivasa Murthy is on the several committees of the state government either as chairman or as member. He is the Chairman of Technical Advisory Committees of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, Karnataka Health Services System, Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation and CMTI. He is Member of the Taskforce on Quality Assurance in Public works Govt. of Karnataka, Project Management Group of I I Sc. Karnataka Power Corporation and Karnataka Slum Clearance Board.