Dr. H.B. Raghavendra completed his B.E. in civil engineering with distinction from University of Mysore, Karnataka, in 1983 and MS (research, civil) from IIT Madras in 1988. He did his Ph.D. from IISc, Bangalore, in 1996. He was a recipient of several scholarships of Government of India during his student days. He was also selected for fellowship by University of Singapore. In 2002, he completed his Masters in Software Systems from BITS Pilani.
At present, Dr. Raghavendra is Director, School of Technology, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, in Gujarat. He has more than 30 years of teaching and research experience. He has presented around 40 technical papers in national and international journals and conferences, and has also presented his technical papers abroad.
Dr. Raghavendra is on the panel of referees for ICE journals. He has delivered lectures at short-term training programmes conducted by IISc, Bangalore, and other premier institutions. He has been member of BOS and BOE of various universities. He is on the governing council of technical institutions as vice chancellor’s nominee. He has also served as head, department of civil engineering, and head, centre for planning and institution development at Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering under Vishweswarayya Technological University, Belgaum, Karnataka.
Dr. Raghavendra is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers and life member of several organisations like Indian Geotechnical Society and Indian Society for Technical Education. He is also a recognised professional and charted engineer and valuer.
Besides, he is active in consultancy in the field of geotechnical and structural engineering. He has a special interest in foundations on problematic soils and rehabilitation of structures. He has completed projects sponsored by AICTE and several industries on utilisation of industrial waste as construction material. At IIT Madras, he has worked in consultancy projects of ONGC and Singareni Calories Ltd. He has specialised in multistage triaxial tests.
Some of Dr. Raghavendra’s recent research includes the impact of industrial waste on engineering behaviour of soils, design and analysis of reinforced soil foundations, and ground improvement and rehabilitation of structures. He has served as coordinator for the World Bank programme on rural sanitation and water supply projects.