Associate Professor Sivakugan received his Bachellor's degree in Civil Engineering from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, with First Class Honours, and MSCE and PhD from Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. His writings include eight books, seven book chapters, 150 refereed international journal papers, 100 refereed international conference papers, and more than 100 consulting reports.  His books (see Amazon.com), published through Cengage, Springer, Taylor&Francis, and J Ross, are adopted as text in many universities world-wide.

Siva has supervised 16 PhDs to completion, including two Cum Laudes, and has examined 50 Australian and overseas PhDs. He is a registered professional engineer of Queensland; a chartered professional engineer; and a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and American Society of Civil Engineers. He does substantial consulting work for the geotechnical and mining companies, and was a consultant to the World Bank. He is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering (Taylor & Francis, UK) and serves in the editorial boards of Canadian Geotechnical Journal, International Journal of Geosyntehtics and Ground Engineering (Springer), and Indian Geotechnical Journal (Springer). 

  • CS2001: Engineering Strength of Materials (Level 2; TSV)
  • CS2005: Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering (Level 2; TSV)
  • CS3002: Soil Mechanics and Geology (Level 3; TSV)
  • CS4001: Foundation Engineering and Rock Mechanics (Level 4; TSV)
  • CS4005: Civil Engineering Design (Level 4; TSV)
  • Consultancy work in geotechnical and mining engineering.
  • Writing books for academics, researchers, professional engineers and students.
  • Consolidation and shear strength of soils, seepage through soils, bearing capacity and settlement of shallow foundations, testing soils and rocks, backfilling underground voids in mining, computational geomechanics.
  • Mentoring and nurturing good quality PhDs with life-long commitment to excel in research.
  • Inspiring the budding civil engineers through geotechnical engineering education.
  • Guiding our graduates in subject selection, vacation employment, and career prospects.
  • 2006 to 2013 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2003 to 2013 - Head, Civil & Environmental Engineering, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1998 to 2005 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
Research Disciplines
  • Fellow, Engineers Australia
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland
  • Chartered Professional Engineer
  • Australian Geomechanics Society
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • The Associate Editor, International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Maney Publications (UK)
  • Editorial Board Member, Environmental Geotechnics, ICE (UK)
  • Editorial Board Member, Indian Geotechnical Journal, Springer
  • Ozreader, Australian Research Council. Assessed LP, DP, DECRA, Future Fellows, CoE and LE projects.
  • Assessor, European Science Foundation
  • Consultant for World Bank

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 216+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Siva Sivakugan from 2001 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Influence of pozzolans and plasticizer on the performance of paste backfill in underground mines (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Loadings on the Mine Fill Barricades (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Linked Simulation- optimization methodology for reactive contaminant source characterization and optimal design of monitoring networks in abandoned mine sites (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Strengthening of timber bridge girders through the use of fibre reinforced polymers (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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