University of Arizona, USA
Dr. Pinnaduwa H.S.W. Kulatilake is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Director of Rock Mass Modeling and Computational Rock Mechanics Laboratories at the University of Arizona. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in California. He received his B.Sc. (in 1976) in Civil Engineering from the University of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya, MS (in 1978) in Soil Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand and Ph.D. (in 1981) in Civil Engineering (with geotechnics emphasis) from the Ohio State University, USA.He has over 38 years of experience in rock mechanics & rock engineering associated with mining, civil and petroleum engineering, geotechnical engineering, and applications of probabilistic and numerical methods to geo-engineering. He has written over 240 papers and is a member of several technical committees. He has delivered over 30 keynote lectures and over 50 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 has been a research paper reviewer for over 25 technical Journals and an editorial board member for Int. Jour. of Rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences, Int. Jour. of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Int. Jour. of Advances in Geological and Geophysical Engineering, Coal Science and Technology and Journal of Mining & Science-Turkey. Currently he is serving as an Associate Editor for Arabian Journal of Geosciences. 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, Iran, Chile, China, Italy, Peru and Tunisia. 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. He was the guest editor for two special issues published in the Jour. of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering. He received “Kwang-Hua Visiting Professorship” for 2009-2010 from the College of Engineering, Tongji University, China. He was a Recipient of “Guest Professorship” from Wuhan University, China for 2010-2013. A few years back, healso received an award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences to spend a sabbatical in China as a Senior Visiting Professor (He had to turn it down because he was extremely busy with his research in the US). In 2013 and 2016, he received Peter Cundall awards.