Joint Director, CSMRS
Dr. R. Chitra is graduated from Government College of Engineering, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu and she did her post-graduation and PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Presently she is working as Joint Director at Central Soil and Materials Research Station, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti. She has 33 years of experience in the field of geotechnical engineering pertaining to Water Resources projects. Her experience in planning, guiding and execution of geotechnical investigation works for river valley projects has spread to over 335 projects within India and neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Myanmar. Her interests include earth and rockfill dams, problematic soils, risk assessment of dams, numerical modelling, ash containment systems, geosynthetics in water resources, artificial neural networks and quality control of hydro-electric projects. She has published over 235 technical papers in various international and national journals and conference proceedings.
Dr. Chitra has been an expert committee member of technical advisory committees of various dams and irrigation projects. She is also member of various committees of national repute like BIS, IRC etc. and her contributions towards formulation, review and updation of various Indian Standard codes are substantial. She is a recipient of many awards from the geotechnical fraternity for her extraordinary contributions to the geotechnical engineering field.