Among the five Syracuse University faculty and staff members who were recognized in February with Chancellor’s Citations for Excellence was Shobha K. Bhatia, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Bhatia specializes in geotechnical and geosynthetic engineering. For the past 20 years, she has engaged in broad research on topics ranging from the material characterization of soils to the application of geosynthetics and natural materials in waste containment, road and building construction, and erosion control.
“Professor Bhatia is a very special person who has devoted her life to engineering, scholarship, and education,” said Samuel P. Clemence, a fellow professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “She is making a difference on so many levels, providing the ‘roads and byways’ for engineering to address current and critical needs at the local and global level.”
Bhatia has held numerous positions of responsibility in her field, including vice president of the North American Geosynthetics Society and as a member of the Technical Committee’s Council and International Activities Committee Task Force for the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.