Manjriker Gunaratne


Manjriker Gunaratne is Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Honors) degree from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Master of Applied Science and the doctoral degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and Purdue University, USA respectively. During thirty-eight years of service as an engineering educator, he has authored seventy research papers in a number of peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. These include the American Society of Civil Engineering (Geotechnical, Transportation, Civil Engineering Materials and Infrastructure systems) journals, International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Computers and Geotechnics, IEEE Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Civil Engineering Systems and others. In addition, he has made presentations at various national and international forums in geotechnical and highway engineering. He has supervised the masters theses of 25 students and doctoral dissertations of 20 more students who hold responsible technical positions in public service, industry and academia in many parts of the world. Dr. Gunaratne has been involved in a number of research projects with Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT), US Dept. of the Air Force and NASA amounting to over $4.5 million. He has held Fellowships at the United States Air Force (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Robert Goddard Space Flight Center) and a consultant position with the United Nations Development Program in Sri Lanka. He has also been a panelist for the National Science Foundation and a member of the Task force for investigation of dam failures in Florida, USA. He has consistently championed ASCE and Florida Engineering Society student activities of USF, by being a faculty advisor for both of the above organizations and by consistent participation in regional events.

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