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Krishna R. Reddy, PhD

Professor, University Scholar & Distinguished Researcher

Director, Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory & Sustainable Engineering Research Laboratory

Civil and Materials Engineering


Building & Room:

2091 ERF


842 West Taylor Street, MC 246, Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4755

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Research Interests

  • Geoenvironmental EngineeringEnvironmental remediation of soils, sediments, stormwater, and groundwater; Solid and hazardous waste management and landfill engineering; Engineering applications of waste/recycled materials
  • Sustainable EngineeringLife cycle assessment, sustainability analytics, and sustainable engineering, with special focus on green and sustainable: (a) civil infrastructure materials & systems, and (b) environmental pollution control and remediation technologies
  • Geotechnical Engineering: Soil mechanics and testing, site characterization, foundations, earth-retaining and earth structures, ground improvement, geomechanics, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and sustainable and resilient geo-systems
  • For more details, see Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory and Sustainable Engineering Research Laboratory

Selected Publications


  1. Reddy, K.R., Cameselle, C., and Adams, J.A., Sustainable Engineering: Drivers, Metrics, Tools, and Applications, John Wiley &Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2019, 544p (ISBN: 978-1-119-49393-8).
  2. Sharma, H.D., and Reddy, K.R., Geoenvironmental Engineering: Site Remediation, Waste Containment, and Emerging Waste Management Technologies, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2004, 992p. (ISBN: 0-471-21599-6).
  3. Reddy, K.R., and Cameselle, C. Editors, Electrochemical Remediation Technologies for Polluted Soils, Sediments and Groundwater, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2009, 760p. (ISBN: 0-470-38343-7).
  4. Reddy, K.R., and Adams, J.A., Sustainable Remediation of Contaminated Sites, Momentum Press, New York, 2015, 160p. (ISBN: 9781606505205).

Selected Publications:

  1. Feng, Y-S., Du, Y-J., Xi, W-Y., and Reddy, K.R. (2019). “Pilot-scale field investigation of ex situ solidification/stabilization of soils with inorganic contaminants using two novel binders.” Acta Geotechnica, (DOI: 10.1007/s11440-019-00835-5).
  2. da D Trentin, S. A., Reddy, K. R., Kumar, G., Chetri J. K., and Thome, A. (2019). “Quantitative Assessment of Life Cycle Sustainability (QUALICS): Framework and its application to assess electrokinetic remediation.” Chemosphere, 230, 92-106 (DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.04.200).
  3. Reddy, K.R., Gopakumar, A., Chetri, J.K., Kumar, G., and Grubb, D.G. (2019). “Sequestration of landfill gas emissions using basic oxygen furnace slag: Effects of moisture content and humid gas flow conditions.” Journal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE, 145(7), 04019033 (DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001539).
  4. Reddy, K. R., Amaya-Santos, G., Yargicoglu, E., Cooper, D. E., and Negri, M. C. (2019). “Phytoremediation of heavy metals and PAHs at slag fill site: three-year field-scale investigation.” International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 13(1), 32-47. (DOI: 10.1080/19386362.2017.1318231).
  5. Kreling, N.E., Zaparoli, M., Cecchin, I., Thomé, A., Reddy, K. and Colla, L.M. (2018). “Inactive yeast biomass and mannoproteins influence the retention and biodegradation of biodiesel in soil.” Environmental Quality Management, 28, 105-112 (DOI:10.1002/tqem.21590).
  6. Basha, B. M., Sai Raghuram, A. S., and Reddy, K. R. (2018). “Reliability analysis of transport of nanoscale iron particles in saturated porous media.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 144(12), 04018090 (DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001979).
  7. Reddy, K.R., Kumar, G., and Giri, R.K. (2017). “Influence of dynamic coupled hydro-bio-mechanical processes on response of municipal solid waste and liner system in bioreactor landfills.” Waste Management. 63, 143-160. (DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2016.12.040).

For others, see Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory

Notable Honors

2018, Wesley W. Horner Award, Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

2011, Hogentogler Award, American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)

2007, University Scholar Award, University of Illinois

2007, Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Illinois at Chicago


Ph.D., Civil Engineering (1990), GPA: 4.0/4.0
Illinois Institute of Technology

M.S., Civil Engineering (1985), Gold Medalist
Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, India

B.S., Civil Engineering (1983), Gold Medalist
Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

Licensures and Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer (PE), State of Illinois #062-049625

EnvisionTM Sustainability Professional (ENV SP)

Professional Memberships

Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (FASCE)

Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (DGE), Academy of Geo-Professionals, American Society of Civil Engineers

Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE), American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists

Selected Presentations

"Climate Change, Resiliency, and Sustainability: Broader Challenges to Urban Planning and Infrastructure.” Invited Presentation, Workshop on Planning and Construction of Sustainable Cities, National University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina, May 28, 2019.

“Framework for Integrating Sustainability into Civil and Environmental Engineering Projects.” Invited Keynote Presentation, 4th International Conference on Civil, Environmental, Geology and Mining Engineering, Trabzon, Turkey, April 20, 2019.

“Risk, Sustainability and Resiliency Considerations in Polluted Site Remediation.” Invited Plenary Presentation, 8th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, Hangzhou, China, October 28, 2018.

“Green and Sustainable Remediation of Polluted Sites: New Concept, Assessment Tools, and Challenges.” Invited Keynote Presentation, XVI Danube - European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering, Skopje, R. Macedonia, June 7, 2018.

Research Currently in Progress

Innovative Biochar-Slag-Soil Cover System for Zero Emissions at Landfills.” National Science Foundation.

Modeling Coupled Dynamic Processes in Landfills: Holistic Long-Term Performance Management to Improve Sustainability.” National Science Foundation