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Meegoda, Jay N.

Contact Info
Title: Professor and Director of Geotechnical Testing Lab
Email: jay.meegoda@njit.edu
Office: 221 Colton Hall
Phone: 973-596-2464
Dept: Civil Environ. Eng.
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About Me

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.

Education

  • 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.

Courses I Teach

FOUNDATION DESIGN
CIVIL ENGR PROJECTS
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH I
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH II
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH III
MASTER'S THESIS
MASTER'S THESIS
DOCT DISSERTATION & RES
DOCT DISSERTATION & RES
DOCT DISSERTATION & RES
DOCT DISSERTATION & RES
DOCT DISSERTATION & RES
POLLUTION PREVENTION

Short Courses

  • Two day Short course on "Soil Remediation Technologies" held on August, 25-26, 2000 and on May 4-5, 2001 at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong with Dr. I. Lo.  
  • Two day Short course on Foundation Designs" held on November 29-30, 2002 at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong  
  • Two day Short course on "Soil Remediation Technologies" held on March 19-20, 2005 at Tsinghua University, Beijing, PR of China. 
  • Two day Short course on "Environmental Management" held on November 27-28, 2005 at American University at Cairo, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Half day Short Course on “Sustainable Waste Management” Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, September 13, 2006 
  • Three-day Short Course on “Flow through Soils” Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, May 8-10, 2007
  • One day short Course on “Soil and Sediment Remediation Technologies”, Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 6, 2007
  • Two-day short course on “Hydraulic Conductivity and Seepage,” Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, October 27-28, 2007

Research Interests

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.

  1. Engineering Properties of Contaminated Soils
  2. Centrifugal Modeling of Contaminant Transport
  3. Micro-mechanics
  4. Reuse of Contaminated Soils
  5. Ultrasound Research
  6. Underground Infrastructure Initiative

Grants

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.

A complete list of research grants and contracts


Selected Publications

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.

 

A complete list of publications