Vikrama Simhapuri University
Born on 1st May 1959, to Kota. Raghuramaiah (late) and Suseelamma (late) at Thotapalle village, Gudur Mandal, Nellore District, he had his primary education in the idyllic villages of Nellore. His higher secondary schooling is from St. Peters School, Ranganayakulupeta, and Intermediate from V.R. College. Graduating B.Tech (Civil Engineering), the highly-held education of his times from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati in 1981, Prof. Prasad ranked first in M.E from Osmania University, Hyderabad in 1988. A PhD from the world’s top-rung and premier institution, Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Benguluru, Prof. Kota. Nagendra Prasad, Head, Department of Civil Engineering, University Engineering College, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati on his being appointed Registrar of Vikrama Simhapuri University and assuming the charge on 3rd December 2012. His intellectual brightness is solemnized as Indian Institute of Science (IIS) awarded Doctorate to him for his thesis, "Constitutive Modeling of Soft Cemented Soils".
Starting his teaching career as Teaching Assistant in 1981 in the Engineering College of Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, he rose to Professorship in Civil Engineering Department in 2004. He has specialized on Soil Mechanics, Environmental Geo-techniques, Advanced Soil Mechanics, Constitutive Modeling, Analysis, Assessment and Prediction of Behaviour of Tropical Soils, Soil Structure Interaction and Deep Foundation Engineering. His expertise in these massively solid areas are invited in many a civil engineering projects of the State Government, Private Undertakings and also by the Consultancies.
Prof. Prasad has been the Visiting Professor to the Department of Civil and Ocean Engineering Dong-A University, Pusan, South Korea during 2002 -2003 in two stints, as he was on a project, “Foundation Structure on Soft Clay Research Team, as a part of BRAIN KOREA-2001. He is the Visiting Scientist at Indian Institute of Science carrying out collaborative research on “Mechanics of Geologic Materials,” “Constitutive Modeling applied to Geotechnical Engineering,”etc.
Honours and Awards betokened his outstanding professional arrival as he was bestowed with ‘The Engineer of the Year -2011’ by the Government of AP & Institution of Engineers India, AP State Centre. AP State Meritorious Teacher Award, by the Government of AP, in 2010, IGS Prof. C.S. Desai Biennial Award for “Constitutive Modeling of Geologic Materials,” by Indian Geo-technical Society, at IIT Powai, Mumbai, in December 2000, and Best Technical Paper Award for the paper on “Volume Change Behaviour of Clays at CIVERE,” IIT Kanpur, in 2009. He completed several Research Projects funded by UGC and APCOST between 1997 and 2005.
Among his crowning achievements, stand out his exemplary contribution as Placement Officer SV University College from 2005 to 2008. He effected a record 1000 placements for the eligible candidates turning the University into a nurturing ground of professionalism and industry’s hot-hub. His is an unmissed name in any committee of academic touch or corporate flair. He is a member of Capacity Building Programme at Indian School of Business (ISB), sponsored by TEQIP, June 2008, Nominated Expert Committee Member for National Board of Accreditation (NBA), 2011. Apart from the distinction of being reckoned for his edified expertise, he has occupied positions as: Coordinator, Centre for Rural Development and Appropriate Technologies, S.V University since 2002, Secretary, SVU Building Centre, SV University, since 2002 etc. and conducted numerous training programmes for the unemployed youth of Chittoor district in unorganized sector towards self-employment.
His teaching experience spanning 30 odd years has made several students’ lives fruitful and inspirational. He guided 05 PhDs, 28 M.Tech Dissertations, and 26 B.Tech Projects and currently 10 PhDs are under his supervision. He was the Honourary Secretary & Chairman, Institution of Engineers, India, Tirupati Chapter during 2008 – 2010 and 2010 – 2012 respectively. He also served as the Chairman, Indian Geotechnical Society, Tirupati, since 2008, besides being on Selection Committees of JNTU, Hyderabad, and Member of Governing Bodies of Technical Institutes of high promise. He has more than 70 National and International publications, offered 65 invited talks at various fora being a sought-after speaker at various conferences and symposia delivering his key-notes and distinguished-talks.
With his distinguished academic accomplishments, his proven expertise of technical accuracy, his passion to being amenable even on heights, the University keeps pace striving for excellence under the dynamic and legacy-building leadership of Prof. K. Nagendra Prasad.