Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory

Solutions for Sustainable Geoenvironment


Krishna R. Reddy, Ph.D., P.E., D. GE

Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Phone: (312)996-4755
Fax: (312)996-2426

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 1990 (GPA: 4.0/4.0)
M.S., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India, 1985 (University First, Gold Medal)
B.S., Civil Engineering, Osmania University, India, 1983 (University First, Gold Medal)

Brief Biography of Krishna R. Reddy:

Dr. Krishna Reddy is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC).  He is also the Director of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory at UIC. Dr. Reddy received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He received gold medals for being first in his class of B.S. (Civil Engineering) at Osmania University and M.S. (Civil Engineering) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

Dr. Reddy is a professional engineer (P.E.) in the State of Illinois and worked as civil engineer and project manager in consulting engineering companies for several years.  He has been involved in several major projects dealing with geotechnical site investigations, foundations, earth structures, landfills, contaminated sites, and groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling.

Thumbnail exampleDr. Reddy teaches various geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Reddy has developed and taught several geoenvironmental engineering courses, including Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport, Environmental Remediation Engineering, Waste Management & Design of Landfills and Sustainable Engineering. He has also developed and taught professional short courses.

Dr. Reddy’s research and consulting expertise includes geotechnical site investigations, structural foundations, earth structures, polluted site remediation, landfills, and waste recycling.  Dr. Reddy’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Gas Research Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Commerce and Community Opportunities, and several private industries and consulting firms.

Dr. Reddy has published over 200 refereed journal and conference papers on various topics in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. He is the co-author of two comprehensive books, "Geoenvironmental Engineering: Site Remediation, Waste Containment and Emerging Waste Management Technologies" and “Electrochemical Remediation Technologies for Polluted Soils, Sediments and Groundwater”, both published by John Wiley. He has also edited eight conference proceedings and authored several book chapters.

Dr. Reddy is the Associate Editor of ASCE’s Journal of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste, and he serves on editorial boards of several journals. Dr. Reddy is a member of ASCE, ASTM, NGWA and other professional organizations. He served as the secretary, vice-chair and chair of the Geotechnical Group of the ASCE Illinois Section and also served as the faculty advisor for the ASCE Student Chapter at UIC. He was the co-chair of ASCE’s GeoCongress 2008: Challenge of Sustainability in Geoenvironment. He has also served as the Director on the Board of the ASCE Illinois Section. Currently, he is the chair of the ASCE's Geoenvironmental Engineering Committee.

Dr. Reddy has delivered over 125 presentations, including several invited and keynote presentations, at the national and international workshops and conferences. He has received several awards and honors for excellence in teaching, research, and professional service, including the prestigious University of Illinois Scholar Award and the UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching.

For additional information, see:
Professor Reddy's Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Research & Teaching Interest:

  • Sustainable engineering and life-cycle analysis
  • Soil and groundwater remediation
  • Waste management & containment systems
  • Groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling
  • Scrap and recycled material applications
  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Foundation engineering
  • Geotechnical instrumentation and testing


    Published over 200 journal and conference papers. See Publications

Awards & Honors:

  • Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE), The Academy of Geo-Professionals, ASCE, 2011
  • Best Theoretical Oriented Paper Award, Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic, & Radioactive Waste Management, EWRI-ASCE, 2011.
  • Hogentogler Award, Committee D18, American Society of Testing and Materials, 2011 (Prestigious award given for the best paper published in the ASTM’s Geotechnical Testing Journal)
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007 (Highest award given for teaching excellence at the university level)
  • University of Illinois Scholar Award, 2007 (Prestigious award given for excellence in teaching and scholarship at the university level)
  • Best Practice-Oriented Paper Award, Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste Management, ASCE, 2006
  • Outstanding Geotechnical Educator Award, Great Lakes Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Conference, 2005-2006
  • Faculty Scholar Award, Institute of Environmental Science & Policy, UIC, 2004-2005
  • Indian Geotechnical Society Best Paper Award for the paper published in the Indian Geotechnical Journal, 2004
  • Edmund Burke Teaching Award, UIC, 2004
  • Harold A. Simon Award for Excellence in Teaching, UIC, 2003
  • Faculty Research Award, UIC, 2001
  • Best Advisor Award, Professional Engineering Societies Council (PESC), UIC, 1998
  • Teaching Recognition Award, UIC, 1997
Courses Taught:
  • Soil Mechanics and Laboratory(CME 315)
  • Foundation Analysis and Design (CME 405)
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics (CME 505)
  • Environmental Pollution Control (CME 216)
  • Intro to Geoenvironmental Engineering (CME 415)
  • Environmental Remediation Engineering (CME 425)
  • Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport Modeling (CME 428)
  • Waste Management and Design of Landfills (CME 516)
  • Sustainable Engineering(CME 594)
Professional Affiliations:
  • American Society of Civil Engineers/GeoInstitute
  • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers
  • Transportation Research Board
  • Illinois Groundwater Association
  • Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals
Professional Service:
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste, ASCE
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Journal of Soil and Sediment Contamination, International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and others.
  • Chairman (1999-2000), Vice-Chair (1998-99), and Secretary/Treasurer (1997-98) of Geotechnical Group, and Director of Board of the ASCE Illinois Section
  • Secretary/Treasurer (1998-Present), President (1996), Vice President (1995), Member (1997), Great Lakes Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Conference
  • Member, Committee on Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE/GeoInstitute (1998-Present)
  • Conference Co-Chair, GeoCongress2008, ASCE/GI
  • Organizer, NSF Workshop on Geoenvironmental Engineering (September 2003 in Chicago & October 2010 in India)