Jay N. Meegoda, PhD, PE, is a professor and director of the Geotechnical Testing Laboratory in the department of civil and environmental engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. His research can be best described as the mechanics of geo-environmental engineering, where he utilizes scientific concepts and engineering technologies in real-world applications. He set up the centrifugal testing laboratory and the asphalt-testing laboratory for his research.
Meegoda is a co-principal investigator of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) with a $1 million match from NJIT to establish a state-of-the-art geo-environmental lab. He was one of the main players in writing the proposal, set-up and extensive use of this NSF-sponsored NJIT state-of-the-art geo-environmental laboratory. Under the heading of mechanics of geo-environmental engineering, Meegoda´s research can be further subdivided into five main trust areas: engineering properties of contaminated soils; centrifugal modeling of contaminant transport; micro-mechanics; reuse of contaminated soils; ultrasound research; and underground Infrastructure Initiative.
PhD in Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis
MS in Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis
BSC in Civil Engineering, University of Sri Lanka
Honors, Awards and Listings
Distinguished Scholar, University of California, Davis 1983.
Earle C. Anthony Fellow, University of California, Davis, 1984.
Who´s Who Among Young Americans, 1990, and 1991
Who´s Who in Science and Engineering, 1992 and 1993
Man of Achievement, 1993, 1994 and 1995
Who´s Who in East, 1994
Who´s Who Among Educators, 1995
Strathmore´s Who´s Who, 1996, 1997
Who´s Who in the World, 1998, 1999
Cited in New Jersey Outdoors, Fall 1992, page 12.
Cited in Roads and Bridges, July 1993, page 60.
Best Practice Paper Award, 2001, Environmental Multimedia Council of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The paper is entitled "A Pilot Scale Investigation of Cold Ex-Situ Vitrification," appeared in the January 2000 issue of the ASCE Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management.
ASCE North Jersey Branch Educator of the Year Award, 2001, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the education of civil engineers through guidance and efforts.
AWWA workshop on Multi-Utility Buried Pipes and Appurtenances Location, May 29-31, 2002, London, England
ASCE Leadership Training in Government Relations Program, March 9-10, 2004, Washington, DC.
ASCE New Jersey section Educator of the year Award, 2005, in recognition of contribution to Civil Engineering through education and research in Geo-environmental engineering
Keynote Speaker- Sustainability of Solid Waste Management, 1st Global Cleaner Production Conference and Exhibition "Clean Globe 1", Nasr City-Cairo- Egypt 18-20 September 2006
Keynote Speaker- Sustainable Use of Waste, the International Symposium on Geo-environmental Engineering for Sustainable development, 22-24 Oct, 2007, Xuzhou, PRC.
Dr Meegoda´s research can be best described as Mechanics of Geo-environmental Engineering where he utilizes scientific concepts and engineering technologies in real world applications. He set up the centrifugal testing laboratory and the asphalt-testing laboratory for his research. He is a CO-PI of the $1M grant from NSF with $1M match from NJIT to establish a state-of-the-art Geo-environmental Lab. He was one of the main players in writing the proposal, setting-up and extensive use of this NSF sponsored NJIT State-of-the-art Geo-environmental laboratory. Under the heading of Mechanics of Geo-environmental Engineering Dr. Meegoda´s research can be further subdivided into five main trust areas as shown below.
Dr. Meegoda has obtained research funding worth $4.5M from agencies such as the NSF, the USEPA, US Army, FHWA, NJ Department of Environmental Protection and NJ Department of Transportation. Following are some of his recent grants.
Dr. Meegoda has over one hundred publications in journals, books and proceedings. Bulk of his refereed papers appeared in ASCE, ASTM and TRB journals and special technical publications, which are considered as the premier journals in the profession. The following are some of his recent publications in Environmental Engineering.