Keynote Speaker

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Arizona

Prof. Pinnaduwa H.S.W. Kulatilake is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Arizona and a registered Professional Civil Engineer in USA. He received his B.Sc. (1976) in Civil Engineering from the University of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya, MS (1978) in Soil Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand and Ph.D. (1981) in Civil Engineering (with geotechnics emphasis) from the Ohio State University, USA. He has over 30 years of experience in rock mechanics, geotechnical engineering, and applications of probabilistic and numerical methods to geotechnical engineering. He has written over 150 papers and is a member of several technical committees. He has delivered 15 keynote lectures and over 40 other invited lectures throughout the world on topics related to rock fracture network modeling, probabilistic geotechnics, mechanical and hydraulic properties of joints, rock slope stability and mechanical and hydraulic behavior of rock masses. He is a research paper reviewer for 16 technical Journals and an editorial board member for Int. Jour. of Rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences and Int. Jour. of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering. He has taught short courses on stochastic fracture network modeling, rock slope stability analysis, Block theory, and rock joint roughness and aperture in Sweden, Mexico, Austria, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Poland, Finland, Australia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Iran. He has served over 20 years either as the primary or the sole examiner for the geological engineering professional exam conducted by the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration. He was a Visiting Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology and Lulea University of Technology in Sweden as part of his sabbatical leave. Also, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, for another part of his sabbatical leave. Due to the contributions he made on teaching, research, consulting and service activities, he was elected to the Fellow Rank of the American Society of Civil Engineers at the relatively young age of 45. In 2002, he received Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Engineering, Ohio State University and Outstanding Asian American Faculty Award from the University of Arizona in recognition of his achievements and contributions made to the advancement of his profession. In December 2005, Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan conferred him “Honorary Professorship”. In August 2007, he organized and ran a successful International Conference on Soil & Rock Engineering in Sri Lanka. In January 2009, he organized and ran a high quality International Conference on Rock Joints and Jointed Rock Masses in Tucson, Arizona.