Dr. Shamsher Prakash was born on January 3, 1933 in India. His early education was in Punjab. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Roorkee University as well as an M.S. and PHD. in Civil engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Prakash is an international expert in soil dynamics and earthquake engineering. He has published three books in India and four books in the USA as well as over three hundred technical papers. After retirement as a professor of civil engineering in India, Dr. Prakash joined the University of Missouri-Rolla faculty.
Dr. Prakash took his early training in Yoga at home and at the Arya Samaj he attended in India. A serious interest in yoga developed after his return to India upon completion of graduate studies in 1962. He devoted his efforts to learning everything possible about Yoga practices and philosophy from every teacher he could find during years 1962 through 1978.
Dr. Prakash has developed a unique program of Inner Peace, Happiness, based on Rishi Patanjalis Ashtang Yoga and a (Signature) Workshop on Yoga and Pranayam and Meditation.
Dr. Prakash was elected distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2011 and has been admitted in to Academy of Geo-Professionals of ASCE, in Dec. 2010. Dr. Shamsher Prakash received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, in December 2008. He has been cited for his internationally and nationally recognized work in the area of soil dynamics, including pioneering work on liquefaction of fine-grained soils, seismic design of piles, and seismic analysis of rigid retaining walls. He revolutionized the use of geotechnical engineering case histories in professional practice and education, and chaired 6-international conferences on case histories in geotechnical engineering 1984-2008. He has also authored the first comprehensive text on soil dynamics in 1981.
In 2003, he was awarded Honorary Doctorate by the Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania. In 2004, Dr Prakash was recognized as Distinguished Alumnus by the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL He was awarded Life Membership of ASCE and was named Honorary Editor of the International Journal of Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering in 2004, Honorary Member of Indian Society of Earthquake Technology in 2003, and Indian Geotechnical Society in 2006.