Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, P.E. is the Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). Dr. Kumar received his bachelor degree from India in 1986 and MS and Ph.D. degrees from University of Missouri Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and technology) in 1993 and 1996, respectively. He worked with several government agencies and professional practice firms for over 11 years before accepting an Assistant Professor position at SIUC in 1998. He was granted the title of Professor and Distinguished Teacher in April 2006 when he was recognized as the University Outstanding Teacher. Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Dr. Kumar is a nationally and internationally known geotechnical engineer. His professional career, which spans over 20 years, has a unique mix of professional practice with government agencies, professional practice with consulting firms, and academia which is highly desirable, particularly in the area of geotechnical engineering. His teaching and scholarly activities are focused on integrating professional practice into academia and developing instructional tools for effective communication with students and entry-level engineers. Among several other activities, Dr. Kumar created three new courses and revamped four courses at SIUC based on his professional practice experience. One of the new courses he developed is unique and innovative which deals with professional practice issues in geotechnical engineering titled “Geotechnical Engineering in Professional Practice”. He introduced “Problem Based Learning” and “Service Learning” approaches for teaching geotechnical engineering at SIUC. Dr. Kumar published several papers on integrating professional practice into civil engineering curriculum and other universities are benefiting from his work. He independently produced and published two, first of its kind, DVDs to bring field operations into the classroom which have enhanced students’ understanding of soil drilling and sampling. ASCE is marketing these DVDs.