January 27, 2020
Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Shobha K. Bhatia was recognized as a “Geolegend” in the January 2020 issue of Geostrata – a magazine published by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Bhatia is one of only 35 civil engineers to be named as Geolegends in the United States.
Bhatia’s research on soil dynamics and the application of geosynthetic and natural materials in civil and environmental engineering projects has led to new standards from the American Society for Testing and Materials and results for researchers and practitioners. She has also had more than 90 peer-reviewed technical publications and in 2003 she received the International Network for Engineering Education and Research (iNEER) Recognition Award for excellence in fostering sustained and unique collaborations in international research and education.
“Thinking about my research, I get great satisfaction from having worked on not only the technical aspects of natural fibers, but the 3 E’s (environment, economy and equality), and I can connect them. I’m also able to connect to other disciplines, such as social scientists and policy makers, and make meaningful contributions,” said Bhatia.
On the Syracuse University campus, Bhatia has been recognized for her work as an educator and mentor to young engineers. In 2001, she received the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorship of Teaching Excellence. Syracuse University reserves this honor for its top teachers. She also received a Chancellor’s Citation for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction in 2009, the highest recognition given to faculty at the university.
In the Geostrata article, Bhatia discusses her research, her influences, the work she has done to improve opportunities for women in engineering and advice for engineering students.
“Be excited about your work because when you’re excited, the people around you will be excited as well. We’re in an incredible field, where we have the opportunity to make a real difference,” said Bhatia.