Profile | Dr. Neelima Satyam

Faculty Profile : Dr. Neelima Satyam

Civil Engineering

    Dr. Neelima Satyam is currently Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Indore. She obtained her Ph.D. and M.Tech from IIT Delhi and B.Tech from SV University, Tirupati. She worked as an Assistant professor in Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, IIIT Hyderabad, before joining IIT Indore. She was a visiting researcher at the University of Stuttgart (2018) and at the University of Tokyo (2013). She is actively engaged in teaching, research and consultancy in the field of Geotechnical engineering, particularly in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Microzonation and Site Response studies, Landslide hazard and monitoring, Microseismic data processing and Rock engineering. Dr. Neelima received research grants from DST, MHRD, AICTE, ITRA, DAE, NIOT, NRDMS, ISRO, and MoES. She published 150+ papers in International/National Journals and Conferences. Her publications has received the IGS best paper award for "Innovations in Field Exploration" in 2006, OSPA award in AGU Fall meeting 2021 and the Best research paper award from IIT Indore in 2021. She is the Co-opted member of PAC Civil and Mechanical Engineering SERB, DST (2015-2018). She has been the Chairperson of the selection committee for MEXT Scholarships of Japan since 2015. She is a recipient of IEI Young Engineers Award 2011; BRNS Young Scientist Research Award 2011; AICTE Career award 2012 and JSPS fellowship in 2013, Young Woman Engineer award from INWES in 2012 and CIDC Vishwakarma award in 2021. She is a fellow of JSPS, IGS, ISET and IEI, and she is presently the editorial board member and reviewer of many SCI/SCIE journals.


  • Ph.D: Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India.
  • M.Tech. : Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India.
  • B.Tech. : Civil Engineering, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, India.


  • Professor (Feb 2022 - Till Date) Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India.
  • Associate Professor (Nov 2017 - Feb 2022) Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India.
  • Visiting Fellow (June - July 2018), Institute of Geophysics, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Assistant Professor (Feb 2009 - Nov 2017) Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad, India.
  • JSPS Fellow (Jan 2013- March 2013) Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory, University of Tokyo, Japan.
  • Visiting Faculty (April 2007- Feb 2009), National Academy of Construction Hyderabad, India.
  • Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. (Jul 2002 - Aug 2006)


  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Dynamic Soil Structure Interaction Analysis
  • Liquefaction Hazard and Mitigation
  • Environmental Geotechnics
  • Landslide Research
  • Rock Mechanics and Underground Structures


    S.No Award Year Given By
    1. OSP Award for the work titled "Forecasting landslides: An Integrated Approach using Rainfall Thresholds and Realtime Field Monitoring at Darjeeling Himalayas" 2021 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
    2. Best Research Paper Award for the article titled "Micro-Mechanical Performance Evaluation of Expansive Soil Biotreated With Indigenous Bacteria Using MICP Method" 2020-21 IIT Indore
    3. CIDC Vishwakarma Academician Award 2021 Construction Industry Development Council, India
    4. Overseas Famous Scientist Project (Grant no. 2020A1414010268) 2020-21 Ministry of Science and Technology, Guangdong, China
    5. Best collaborative team award for Aquasense research project 2015 ITRA-Water, ITRA, GoI 2015
    6. JSPS Research Fellow 2012-13 University of Tokyo
    7. Young Woman Engineer award 2012 INWES-International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists
    8. Career Award for Young Teachers (CAYT) 2012 AICTE, GoI
    9. Young Engineers Award 2011 in Civil Engineering discipline 2011 Institution of Engineers, India
    10. Young Scientist Research Award 2011 BRNS, Department of Atomic Energy, India
    11. Fast Track Project for Young Scientists 2009 Department of Science and Technology, GoI
    12. IGS best paper award for "Innovations in Field Exploration" 2006 Indian Geotechnical Society


  • Reviewer at the Colloquium for Young Researchers: Towards Developing International Collaborations. (link)
  • Reviewer for Technical book in English for "Instrumentation for Civil Engineering Applications" course by AICTE.
  • Expert Committee member, for deliberation on formulation of BIS guidelines - Safety and mitigation measures for the buildings and infrastructures in landslide affected areas
  • Member, International Advisory Committee, CREST-2023 (link)
  • Editor of Special issue "Role of natural and anthropogenic factors in slope failures", 2022, Frontiers in Built Environment (IF/ CS: 2.6) (link)
  • Review Editor, Frontiers in Earth Science (IF: 3.498) (link)
  • Editorial Board member and Scientific Editor (Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Rock Mechanics), Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2022-24, Elsevier (Impact Factor 4.338) (link)
  • Editorial Board member, Indian Geotechnical Journal, Since 2022, Springer (link)
  • Editorial Board member, Geotechnical Engineering (specialty section of Frontiers in Built Environment), Frontier, since 2022 (link)
  • Editorial Board member, Innovative Infrastructure Solutions, 2022, Springer (link)
  • Editor of Special issue "Nature-Based Solutions in Geo-Environmental Engineering", 2022, Sustainability (Impact Factor 3.251) (Completed) (link)
  • Editor of Special issue on "Landslide: Forecasting, Assessment and Mitigation", Indian Geotechnical Journal, 2020, Springer (Completed) (link)
  • Convener, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering -36 International Geological Congress 2020
  • Convener, International Cooperation by Indian Geotechnical Society for the term 2019-2020
  • Member, Preliminary Review Committee, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, MHRD for the term 2018-2019
  • Co-opted Member, Program Advisory Committee (PAC), Civil and Environmental Engineering, Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), DST (2015 - 2019).
  • Chairperson, for MONBUKAGAKUSHO: MEXT Scholarships of Japanese Government (for selecting PhD/MS students from India) in Earthquake /Civil Engg stream (Since Feb 2018)
  • Member (CPD), Engineering Council of India for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh States (Since Feb 2017)
  • Member, Technical Evaluation and Monitoring Committee for design of offshore substructure, NIWE Chennai (2015-2017)
  • Honorable Director, Institute and Industry Interaction: Professional Development Council, Association of Consulting Civil Engineers, India (2018-till date)
  • Member, Expert committee for AEE 2016, AP Public service commission, Hyderabad
  • Member, Board of studies (UG/PG in Civil Engg), Sri Venkateshwara University Tirupati (2016-2017)


  • Life Fellow: Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS), LF 0615
  • Life Fellow: Indian Society of Earthquake Technology (ISET), LF 61
  • Life Fellow: Institution of Engineers India (IEI), F-1289205
  • Executive Council Member: Indian Society of Earthquake Technology (ISET) for the term 2021-2023
  • Executive Council Member (Elected): Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) since 2019
  • Executive Member: Indian Society of Engineering Geology (ISEG) (Indian National group of the International Association for Engineering Geology and Environment) for the term 2020-2021
  • Member: Technical committee 220 (TC-220) (Field Monitoring in Geomechanics) of International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) (2019- till date)
  • Professional Engineer (Civil Engineering): Engineering Council of India (ECI), PE/01153/16
  • Member: International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), IND090038, U.K. IND110155
  • Member: International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRRE), India, 406/IND/2021-2040
  • Life Member: European Geosciences Union (EGU), 414793
  • Member: International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), India, 9830
  • Member: Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), M 13174
  • Member: American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), M 974239
  • Life Member: Indian Society of Engineering Geology (ISEG), LM 1511
  • Life Member: Indian Concrete Institute (ICI), LM 8667
  • Life Member: Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), LM 77045
  • Life Member: Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), L 18936
  • Life Member: Association of Consulting Civil Engineers India (ACCE(I)), LM 2772; Executive member, ACCE Hyd chapter 2013-15
  • Member: American Concrete Institute (ACI), 01223750