Jit Sharma

Contact Information

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


Campus Address

BRG 331 11 Arboretum Ln. York University, Toronto ON M3J 1P3


Professor Jit Sharma has been the inaugural Chair of Civil Engineering from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2018. 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 Ontario.

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.

Education & Professional Credentials
  • 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)
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng.; PEO, Ontario)
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng., APEGS, Saskatchewan)
  • Consulting Geotechnical Engineer (APEGS, Saskatchewan)
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

[HQP names are underlined; indicates corresponding author.]

  • Mohapatra, S.R., Rajagopal, K. and Sharma, J.S. 2017. 3-Dimensional numerical modeling of geosynthetic-encased granular columns. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 45(3): 131-141.
  • Nichol, C.F., Froese, K., Sharma, J.S. and Barbour, S.L. 2016. Effect of oxidation on residual shear strength of shales within Lea Park Formation. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 53(12): 1952-1964.
  • Kurz, D., Sharma, J.S., Alfaro, M. and Graham, J. 2016. A semi-empirical elastic-thermoviscoplastic model for clay. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 53(10): 1583-1599.
  • Mohapatra, S.R., Rajagopal, K. and Sharma, J.S. 2016. Direct shear tests on geosynthetic-encased granular columns. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 44(3): 396-405.
  • Jindal, P., Sharma, J.S. and Bashir, R. 2016. Effect of pore-water surface tension on tensile strength of unsaturated sand. Indian Geotechnical Journal, 46(3): 276-290.
  • Bashir, R., Sharma, J.S. and Stefaniak, N.H. 2016. Effect of hysteresis of soil-water characteristic curves on infiltration under different climatic conditions. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 53(2): 273-284.
  • Bashir, R. and Sharma, J.S. 2015. Discussion on climatic influence on geotechnical infrastructure: a review. Environmental Geotechnics, 2(EG4): 249-252.
  • Raghunandan, M.E. Sharma, J.S. and Pradhan, B. 2014. A review on the effect of rubber membrane in triaxial tests. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 8(5): 3195-3206.
  • 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 Geotech. Journal, 49: 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. ASCE Geo-Institute Geotechnical Special Publication (GSP), 211(5): 3868-3877.
  • Bharat, T.V. and Sharma, J.S. 2010. Inverse modeling in geoenvironmental engineering using a novel particle swarm optimization algorithm. Lect. Notes in Comp. Sci., 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.
  • Singh, M.K., Sharma, J.S. and Fleming, I.R. 2009. A design chart for estimation of horizontal displacement in municipal landfills. Waste Management, 29(5): 1577-1587.
  • 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.
  • Karki, R. and Sharma, J.S. 2008. Soil-structure interaction analysis of a braced deep excavation. Indian Geotechnical Journal, 38(4): 454-482.
  • 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, 35(4): 524-536.
  • Huang, B. and Sharma, J.S. 2008. A coupled consolidation shear model for the process of formation of glaciated soils. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 45(2): 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, 7(5): 353-361.
  • Kelln, C.G., Sharma, J.S., Hughes, D. and Gallagher, G. 2007. Deformation of a soft estuarine deposit under a geotextile reinforced embankment. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 44(5): 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, 44(1): 96-102.
  • Sharma, J.S., Fleming, I.R. and Jogi, M.B. 2007. Measurement of unsaturated soil – geomembrane interface shear-strength parameters. Can. Geotech. J., 44(1): 78-88.
  • Fleming, I.R., Sharma, J.S. and Jogi, M. 2006. Shear strength of geomembrane-soil interface under unsaturated conditions. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 24(5): 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, 29(3): 200-206.
Research Opportunities

Presently, Jit’s research group has vacancy for one MASc student position to work on a lab-based research project on the use of super-absorbent polymers (SAPs) in the solidification of slurries and spoils resulting from hydraulic excavations. International candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to candidates who are either citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Please contact Jit via email to obtain further details about the position and the research project.