Dorairaja Raghu

Contact Info

Office: 205 Colton
Phone: 973-596-3665
Dept: Civil Environ. Eng.

About Me

Dr. Raghu’s research has been applids in nature. Recently his research has been focused on modelling of settlement of landfills. He has also worked on chromium contamination, disposal of water treatment plant residuals and reuse of contaminated soils. A technique for designing and constructing structures in and on cavernous carbonate formations was developed by him. He also won several awards such as the Robert Van Houten award for Teaching Excellence (University-wide), Engineer of the year by ASCE NJ Section and recently Service to the Profession award by Central Jersey Section ASCE.


  • Annamalai University, B.E., 1961.
  • Madras University, M.Sc.Eng., 1962.
  • Texas Tech University, Ph.D., 1975.

Research Interests

Geoenvironmental engineering, settlement due to biodegradation of land fills, water treatment plant sludges, Monofills, remediation of chromium contaminated soils, and brownfields


Current Research

Contaminated dredge spoils, settlement due to landfill biodegradation, anaerobic decomposition, and redevelopment of brownfield sites


Selected Publications

"A Model for Cost Estimate for Water Treatment Plant Residual Monofills," Proc. of 17th Conf. On Solids Waste Technology Management, Philadelphia, PA, Dec. , 2001

"Leaching Of Metals From Water Treatment Plant," The Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management, ASCE, Vol. 4, No. 4, Oct. 2000, pp. 134 - 139.

"Field Testing of a Model Treatemnt Plant Residual Monofill," Proc. of 32nd Mid Atlantic Industrial and Hazardous Waste Conf., RPI, NY, June 2000, pp. 527 - 536.

"Field Testing of A Model Water Treatment Plant Monofill," Proc. 32nd Mid-Atlantic Hazardous and Industrial Waste Conference, Troy, NY, June 2000.

"Determination of Risk Due To Hexavalent Chromium Contamination Using CalTOX Model," Proc. 15th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Philadelphia, PA, December 1999.

"A Contaminant Transport Model for Determining Risk Due to Containments in Brownfields," Proc. 14th International Conference on Solid Waste Management, Philadelphia, Pa., November 1998.

"Risk Evaluation in Brownfield Slurry Wall Containments by Contaminant Transport and CalTox Models," ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 82 on “Risk-Based Corrective Action and Brownfield Restorations,” June 1998.

"A New Method to Determine Biodegradation Settlement of Sanitary Landfill," Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Environmental Geotechnology and Global Sustainable Redevelopment, Boston, Massachusetts, August 1998.

"A Contaminant Transport Model for Determining Risk due to Containments in Brownfields," - ASCE -Geotechnical STP#82 on Brownfields, 1998.

"Physical Characterization of Water Treatment Plant Residual and Top-Soil Mixtures," ASTM STP: Testing Soil Mixed with Waste or Recycled Materials, January, 1997.

Innovative Treatment of Contaminated Soils-QA/QC Procedures, Proceedings of the Conference on "Quality Assurance- A National Commitment," Sponsored by the Environmental Engineering Division of the American Society Civil Engineers, Minneapolis, Minn, October 1997.

"Application of Knowledge Based Systems in Anaerobic Biodegradation," Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Philadelphia, PA, November 1997.