Jit Sharma

Contact Information

(416) 736-5242 (direct) or (416) 736-2100 x55242 (switchboard)


Campus Address

BRG 337A 11 Arboretum Ln. York University, Toronto ON M3J 1P3


Professor Jit Sharma is the inaugural Chair of Civil Engineering. He arrived at Lassonde School of Engineering with a wealth of engineering experience from around the world, having held academic appointments in India, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. From 2001, till his appointment as Chair of Civil Engineering, Jit was a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, where he taught soil mechanics, foundation engineering and geotechnical modelling at undergraduate and graduate levels, was a lead investigator on several geotechnical engineering and inter-disciplinary research projects, and worked closely with the local industry as a specialist geotechnical engineering consultant. Jit is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Saskatchewan. He also holds a Permission to Consult in Geotechnical Engineering in the province of Saskatchewan.

Jit’s research interests include critical state soil mechanics, waste mechanics, geosynthetics, ground improvement techniques, soil-structure interaction, unsaturated soil mechanics, centrifuge modelling, and numerical modelling. His work is funded by NSERC, industry, academia, and municipal, provincial and federal government agencies. Jit is an Associate Editor of Canadian Geotechnical Journal – one of the top three geotechnical engineering journals in the world.

Jit is well known for his passion for engineering education and has won several awards for teaching excellence. He is particularly interested in the use of web-based technologies to develop and deliver out-of-classroom learning tools so that classroom time can be devoted on engaging the students in group-based problem solving and discussions. His vision for revolutionizing the in-classroom experience of students exemplifies the Lassondian approach to learning

  • Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Cambridge University (Cambridge, England)
  • M.Tech. in Geotechnical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur, India)
  • B.Eng. in Civil Engineering from The University of Bombay (Mumbai, India)
Areas of Expertise/Interest
  • Geotechnical centrifuge modelling
  • Critical state soil mechanics
  • Constitutive and numerical modelling in geotechnics
  • Soil-structure Interaction
  • Waste mechanics
  • Geosynthetics
  • Sustainable geotechnics
  • Ground improvement techniques
  • Unsaturated soil mechanics
Recent Publications
  • Raghunandan, M.E., Sharma , J.S. and Pradhan, B. (2014). A review on the effect of rubber membrane in triaxial tests. Arab Journal of Geosciences. DOI 10.1007/s12517-014-1420-0. [In print]
  • Hendry, M.T., Sharma, J.S., Martin, C.D. and Barbour, S.L. (2012). Effect of fibre content and structure on anisotropic elastic stiffness and shear strength of peat. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 49(4): 403-415.
  • Bharat, T.V. and Sharma, J.S. (2011). Prediction of Compression and Permeability Characteristics of Mine Tailings Using Natural Computation and Large‐Strain Consolidation Framework. Geo‐Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering, Soil/Rock Mecha
  • Bharat, T.V. and Sharma, J.S. (2010). Inverse modeling in geoenvironmental engineering using a novel particle swarm optimization algorithm. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6234: 448-455.
  • Singh, M.K., Fleming, I.R. and Sharma, J.S. (2010). Development of a practical method for the estimation of maximum lateral displacement in a large landfill. ASCE Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management, 14(1): 37-46
  • Singh, M.K., Sharma, J.S. and Fleming, I.R. (2009). Shear strength testing of intact and recompacted samples of municipal solid waste. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 46(10): 1133-1145.
  • Kelln, C.G., Sharma, J.S., Hughes, D., and Graham, J. (2009). Elastic-viscoplastic finite element analysis of a geotextile reinforced embankment. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 46: 357-368.
  • Emery, E., Oliver, J., Pugsley, T., Sharma, J.S., Zhou, J. (2009). Flowability of moist pharmaceutical powders. Powder Technology, 189(3): 409-415.
  • Kelln, C.G., Sharma, J.S., Hughes, D., and Graham, J. (2008). An improved elastic-viscoplastic soil model. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 45(10): 1356–1376.
  • Kelln, C.G., Sharma, J.S., and Hughes, D. (2008). A finite element solution scheme for an elastic-viscoplastic soil model. Computers and Geotechnics. Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 524-536
  • Karki, R. and Sharma, J.S. (2008). Soil-structure interaction analysis of a braced deep excavation. Accepted for publication in the Indian Geotechnical Journal.
  • Huang, B. and Sharma, J.S. (2008). A coupled consolidation shear model for the process of formation of glaciated soils. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 226-237.
  • Soltanzadeh, H., Hawkes, C.D. and Sharma, J.S. (2007). Poroelastic Model for Production- and Injection-Induced Stresses in Reservoirs with Elastic Properties Different from the Surrounding Rock. ASCE Journal of Geomechanics, Vol. 7, No. 5, pp. 353-361
  • Kelln, C., Sharma, J.S., Hughes, D. and Gallagher, G. (2007). Deformation of a soft estuarine deposit under a geotextile reinforced embankment. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol. 44, No. 5, pp. 603-617
  • Sharma, J.S. and Samarasekera, L. (2007). Effect of centrifuge radius on hydraulic conductivity measured in a falling-head test. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 96-102
  • Sharma, J.S., Fleming, I.R. and Jogi, M.B. (2007). Measurement of unsaturated soil – geomembrane interface shear-strength parameters. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 78-88.
  • Fleming, I.R., Sharma, J.S. and Jogi, M. (2006). Shear strength of geomembrane-soil interface under unsaturated conditions. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Vol. 24, No. 5, pp. 274-284.
  • Gareau, L., Molenkamp, F. and Sharma, J.S. (2006). An improved oedometer apparatus to measure lateral stress during testing. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, Vol. 29, No. 3, Paper ID GTJ12341.
  • Milne, D., Pakalnis, R., Grant, D. and Sharma, J.S. (2004). Interpreting Hanging Wall Deformation. ISRM International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. Vol. 41, pp 1139-1151.
  • Kim, J.H., Jeong, S.S., Park, S.W. and Sharma, J.S. (2004). Influence of rainfall-induced wetting on slope stability in weathered soils. Engineering Geology, Vol. 75/3-4, pp 251-262.
  • Karmakar, S., Sharma, J.S. and Kushwaha, R.L. (2004). Critical state elasto-plastic constitutive models for soil failure in tillage – A Review. Canadian Biosystems Engineering, Vol. 46, pp 2.19-2.23
  • Sharma, J.S., Hefny, A.M., Zhao, J., Chan, C.W. (2001). Effect of large excavation on deformation of adjacent Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) tunnels. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp 93-98.
  • Sharma, J.S. and Bolton, M.D. (2001). Reinforced embankments on soft clay installed with wick drains. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp 23-44.
  • Sharma, J.S., Bolton, M.D. and Boyle, R.E. (2001). A new technique for the simulation of excavation in a centrifuge. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp 343-349.
  • Sharma, J.S. and Xiao, D. (2001). Determination of smear zone around vertical drains. ASCE Geo-Institute Geotechnical Special Publication (GSP), Vol. 112: Soft Ground Technology, pp. 270-279.
  • Sharma, J.S. and Xiao, D. (2000). Characterization of smear zone around a vertical drain by large-scale laboratory tests. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol. 37, No. 6, pp 1265-1271
  • Sharma, J.S., Chu, J. and Zhao, J. (1999). An overview of the geological and geotechnical features of Singapore. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp 419-431.
  • Sharma, J.S. and Bolton, M.D. (1996). Centrifuge modelling of reinforced embankments on soft clay reinforced by geogrids. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Vol. 14, pp 1-17.
  • Sharma, J.S. and Bolton, M.D. (1996). Finite element analysis of centrifuge tests on reinforced embankments on soft clay. Computers and Geotechnics, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp 1-22.
  • Madhav, M.R. and Sharma, J.S. (1991). Bearing capacity of clay overlain by stiff soil. Journal of Geotech. Engg., ASCE, Vol. 117, No. 12, pp 1941-1948.
Research Opportunities

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