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.

  • 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)