Prof. Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya, the officiating Director, is a senior Professor and former Head of Civil Engineering and Deputy Director at IIT Kharagpur. Prof. Bhattacharyya, graduated from Bengal Engineering College, Shibpur (presently IIEST, Shibpur), has completed Masters and Ph.D in Structural Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. Before joining IIT Kharagpur as Lecturer, Prof. Bhattacharyya had a brief stint at Tata Consulting Engineers, Bangalore as a Senior Design Engineer in the field of design and engineering of Thermal power plants and other industrial structures. He has served CSIR-Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, Uttarakhand, as its Director for a period of six years (2009-2015), being on deputation from IIT Kharagpur. He also had served as Director of Engineering Coordination of CSIR for one year (2014-2015) concurrently with Director of CSIR-CBRI. On completion of his tenure at CSIR-CBRI, Roorkee in 2015, he moved to his parent organization, IIT Kharagpur in August 2015. In August 2016 he took charge of the office of Deputy Director at IIT Kharagpur and from 1st July 2019 he has assumed the charge of the office of the Director as Director (Officiating).
Prof. Bhattacharyya, a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE), Fellow of Indian Association of Structural Engineering (FIASE) and a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India), has served in different Administrative positions at National level, at IIT Kharagpur and at CSIR. He had served as Chairman of Civil Construction wing at IIT Kharagpur for two terms and brought in several changes in the campus infrastructure. He was instrumental in creating the campus Master plan of IIT Kharagpur and planned several new infrastructural facilities. Prof. Bhattacharyya is the Chairman of Habitat sector and a member of Infrastructure sector for creating a vision document called 'Vision 2035' being co-ordinated by TIFAC, DST. He is the Convener of Sectional committee in Civil Engineering, INAE, Chairman of BIS committee and member of Building and works committee of a few organizations. He has served as member, Board of Governors (BoG) at IIT Patna, Co-Chairman of Apex committee for Engineering Services, member of selection committees etc.
The research areas of Prof. Bhattacharyya include fluid-structure interaction, structural health monitoring, development of newer construction materials, FRP-concrete composite systems and retrofitting, study of durability of concrete using nanomaterials etc. Based on the research activities, he has published more than 200 research papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He has guided 16 scholars leading to Ph.D degree and 8 more scholars are working for their Ph.D degree. He has completed a number of sponsored research projects successfully. He has also completed a large number of consultancy projects as a consultant. Notable amongst those are the analysis and design of a roof structure of a large sports stadium at Kolkata; Restoration measures for Lord Jagannath temple, Puri; Health monitoring of bridge and building structures etc He has served as a member of an investigating team for a collapsed bridge at Kolkata and actively involved as a member of an advisory committee for different bridges at Kolkata.
He visited Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany several times, University of Durban-Westville, South Africa for two years as visiting Professor. He also had visited Michigan State University, Oregon State University, University of Michigan, USA for academic and research exchanges. He had offered courses to the P.G. students at Germany and to the UG and PG students at South Africa. He also had visited U.K., France, Portugal in connection with the academic and professional activities.
He has co-authored two books, edited two volumes for the International proceedings, contributed chapters in books, developed a video course and a web based course for the undergraduate students, and developed a laboratory manual for the senior undergraduate students. He was awarded 'Life time achievement award' in the year 2017 and 'Concrete Technologist award of the year' in 2011 by the Indian Concrete Institute (ICI), for his contribution in the field. He has also received 'K.F. Antia Gold Medal' for the best publication, University Gold Medal for securing first position at undergraduate level. He has served as Editor-in-chief for the Journal of Institution of Engrs - A series, Springer publication, in the editorial board of a number of journals and reviewer of several International journals of repute. He is former President of Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ISTAM) and presently the President of the Indian Association of Computational Mechanics (IndACM).
As the Director of CSIR-Central Building Research Institute at Roorkeehe brought in several changes in the research programme of the Institute giving focus to the present and future needs of the country. He had initiated a new academic programme (Masters and Ph.D) in the Institute from scratch, in an area (Building Engineering and Disaster Mitigation) where no other Institute in the country was offering this kind of programme.