Dr. Somnath Ghosh, Head of the Civil Engineering Department at Jadavpur University in West Bengal, has contributed significantly in the area of high performance concrete, geopolymer composites and FEM analysis of concrete structures. He has also been a consultant to a number of key projects at the national level. Based on works in these areas, Dr. Ghosh has published a number of papers in peer reviewed international journals and six monographs through an international publishing agency. His contribution on ‘fly ash based geopolymer composite’ added a new dimension in the area of non-conventional green binder material using waste.
Apart from his research activities, Dr. Ghosh has demonstrated his technical skill by providing advice on industrial problems and these have been implemented successfully. The repair and restoration techniques adopted for the earthquake damaged structures of Kandla SEZ through his expertise deserve special mention. His other noteworthy contribution is the restoration of earthquake damaged assembly building in Sikkim. Besides, his skill in computer-aided structural analysis has been demonstrated through the design of a 52-metre tall Buddha statue atop a hill at Namchi, Sikkim, and a cricket stadium at Guwahati, Assam.
His earlier selection as country head of a division in Setrco Nigeria Ltd, a multinational company in Nigeria, speaks volumes about his administrative as well as academic skill and expertise. In this capacity he was responsible for looking after geotechnical and quality control activity of highways, bridges and buildings.
Dr. Ghosh did his B.E. in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and M.Tech and Ph.D from IIT Kharagpur. He has served as an expert member on several occasions for many associations and universities as also on a number of high-powered committees at university level.