Sai P. Kakuturu, Ph.D., P.E.

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Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
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Office Location
Olmsted Building, W236
W236 OLMSTED BLDG
PENN STATE HBG
MIDDLETOWN, PA 17057
Biography

Sai P. Kakuturu is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Penn State Harrisburg. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University (2003) and is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.). Prior to joining Penn State in 2010, he was a visiting faculty member at the University of Central Florida from 2007 to 2010. During 1995-2000 and 2003-2006, he served the government of India as a Research Officer (Geotechnical Engineer) and contributed to their projects on major earth dams and canals interlinking river basins.

Education

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2003
Master’s, Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Madras), Chennai, India 1993
Bachelor’s (equivalent), Civil Engineering, Indian Institution of Engineers (India), 1990

Employment History

2016-present: Associate Professor, Penn State Harrisburg, PA
2010-2016: Assistant Professor, Penn State Harrisburg, PA
2007-2010: Visiting Faculty, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL    
2006-2007: Associate Professor, Vidya Vikas Institute of Technology, AP, India
2003-2006: Research Officer, Central Soil & Materials Research Station, India
2000-2003: Doctoral Research Associate, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
1995-2000: Research Officer, Central Soil & Materials Research Station, India

Research Interests

Traditional Methods and X-ray Micro-Computed-Tomography (μCT) for research on Geo-environmental issues

Soil erosion

Sustainability of Infrastructure

Pedagogical research for enhancing civil engineering education

Publications

2015-2016: EAGER: Role of Deicing Salts in Stormwater Filter Media Deterioration: X-ray Micro Computed Tomography (µCT), National Science Foundation, Environmental Engineering program, $99,548, Role: PI (sole)

2015-2016: Investigating the Evolution of Soil Pore Structure Using Micro Computed Tomography (μCT), Penn State Harrisburg Research Council, $7,500, Role: PI (sole)

2011-2012: Effects of Deicing Salts on Structure of Filter Media and Infiltration of Stormwater, Penn State Harrisburg Research Council, $7,500, Role: PI

2008-2010: Evaluation of pollution levels due to the use of consumer fertilizers under Florida conditions, Florida Department of Transportation, $150,000, Role: Co-PI

2003-2006: Expansive soils and dispersive soils, Central Soil & Materials Research Station, Government of India, salary and other support, Role: Geotechnical Engineer

2003-2006: Improvement of filter design criteria, Central Soil & Materials Research Station, Government of India, salary and other support, Role: Geotechnical Engineer

2003-2004: Exploration of methods for preventing land subsidence associated with metro railway tunneling, American Society of Civil Engineers, $2,000, Role: PI (sole)

2000-2003: Development of Soil Filter Design Nomograms Incorporating Physicochemical and Biological Mechanisms, National Science Foundation, $357,936, Role: Ph. D. student

1996-2000: Improvement of filter design criteria, Central Soil & Materials Research Station, Government of India, salary and other support, Role: Geotechnical Engineer

1995-1996: Stress-path dependent behavior of soils, Central Soil & Materials Research Station, Government of India, salary and other support, Role: Geotechnical Engineer

Sai P. Kakuturu, and Shirley E. Clark (2015), "Effect of deicing salts on clogging of stormwater filter media and on media chemistry", ASCE Journal of Environmental Engg., published online in Feb.'15 (to print later), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000927.

Sai P. Kakuturu, and Shirley E. Clark (2015), "Clogging Mechanism of Stormwater Filter Media by NaCl as a Deicing Salt", Environmental Engineering Science, 32(2): 141-152.

Sai P. Kakuturu, Manoj B. Chopra, Mike Hardin, and Martin P. Wanielista (2013), "Total Nitrogen Losses from Fertilized Turfs on Simulated Highway Slopes in Florida", ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 139(6): 829-837.

Sai P. Kakuturu, Manoj B. Chopra, Mike Hardin, and Martin P. Wanielista (2013), "Runoff Curve Numbers for Simulated Highway Slopes under Different Slope, Soil-Turf, and Rainfall Conditions", ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 18 (3): 299-306.

Manoj B. Chopra, Sai P. Kakuturu, Craig Ballock, Josh Spence, and Martin P. Wanielista, (2010), "Determination of infiltration rates and the effect of rejuvenation methods for pervious concrete pavements", ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 15(6): 426-433.

Sai P. Kakuturu and Lakshmi N. Reddi (2006), "Evaluation of the parameters influencing self-healing in earth dams", ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 132(7): 879-889.

Sai P. Kakuturu and Lakshmi N. Reddi (2006), "Mechanistic model for self-healing of core cracks in earth dams", ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 132(7): 890-901.

Lakshmi N. Reddi, and Sai P. Kakuturu (2004), "Self-healing of concentrated leaks at core-filter interfaces in earth dams", ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, 27(1), pp. 89-98.

Sai Kakuturu and Shirley E. Clark (2012), "Deicing salts' effects on engineered soils in stormwater management systems". 85th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC), New Orleans, LA.

Sai Kakuturu and Shirley E. Clark (2012), "Deicing salts' effects on engineering bioretention soils". Water Environment Federation Stormwater Symposium 2012, Baltimore, MD.

Sai Kakuturu and Shirley E. Clark (2012), "Impacts of deicing salts on soil structure and infiltration rate". World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2012: Crossing Boundaries, Proceedings of the 2012 Congress, p 411-414.

Sai P. Kakuturu, and Shirley E. Clark (2011), "Effects of deicing salts on the structure of and infiltration rate through bio-filtration soils". Philadelphia Low Impact Development Symposium (Greening the Urban Environment), Philadelphia, September 25-28.

Samar Younes, Lakshmi Reddi, and Sai Kakuturu (2010), "Effects of earth dam cracks in the presence of alternative materials: A numerical approach," ASCE-EWRI's India 2010 - An International Perspective on Current & Future State of Water Resources & the Environment, January 2010, Chennai, India.

Sai P. Kakuturu, Ming Xiao, and Lakshmi N. Reddi (2009), "Engineered waste materials as amendments to prevent erosion and to stabilize contaminated sites," World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, Kansas City, Missouri, May 17-21, 2009.

Sai P. Kakuturu, and Chitra, R. (2005), "Shrinkage Characteristics of Some Artificially Blended Clay Liner Materials," Proc. of National Conf. on Geotechnics in Environmental Protection, National Institute of Tech., Allahabad, India, Apr. 9, '05, pp. VII-19 to VII-22.

Sai P. Kakuturu and Lakshmi N. Reddi (2003), "Application of Mechanistic Models for Filter Design," Proc. of 12th Asian Regional Conf. on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering held at National University of Singapore, Singapore, Aug. 4-8, '03, pp. 1-4.

Sai P. Kakuturu and Lakshmi N. Reddi (2003), "Importance of Pore Space Modeling in Mechanistic Understanding of Filtration through Porous Media," 12th Pan-American Conf. on Soil Mechanics and Geotech. Engg., MIT, U.S.A., June 22-25, 2003, pp. 1509-1514.

Sai P. Kakuturu (2001), "Mechanistic Understanding of Concentrated Leaks in Earth Dams," Proc. 49th Annual Geotechnical Engineering Conf., Univ. of Minnesota, U.S.A., Feb. 16, 2001, pp. 73-79. (Young Engineer Paper Award by the Minnesota Geotechnical Society).

Venkatachalam, K., Chitra, R., Bera, D. N., and Sai P. Kakuturu (2000), "Dispersive Soils at New Ottu Barrage Project - A Case Study," Indian Geotechnical Conference, pp. 415-416.

Venkatachalam, K., Chitra, R., Sai Prasad, K., and Ashok Kumar (2000), "Assessing the Suitability of Filter Materials," Proceedings of the GEOFILTERS 2000 held at Warsaw, Poland, June 5-7, 2000, pp. 197-200.

Sai P. Kakuturu (1999), "Suitability of Filters and Drains in Ash Pond Dams," Proceedings of the Fly Ash Disposal and Deposition: Beyond 2000 A.D., Indian Institute of Tech., Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, during Feb. 4-5, 1999, pp. 108-117.

Education

BS; MS; Ph.D. (Kansas State University)

Course Schedule
CE 435
CE 335
CET 343
CE 512