Emeritus Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Delhi
Dr. Manoj Datta is currently Emeritus Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Delhi where he has been teaching and conducting research since 1980. He has held the positions of Head of Civil Engineering Department and Dean (Alumni Affairs & International Programmes) at IIT Delhi and Director Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. He has edited three books in the areas of landfills, solid waste management and ash ponds. He has published over 160 papers in journals and conferences.
Prof. Datta has been consultant to over 150 projects in the areas of geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. He has been involved in planning design, construction and remediation of over two dozen HW & MSW Landfills and contaminated waste disposal sites in India. He has been associated with the Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment and Forests as well as Ministry of Urban Development in framing of guidelines and design manuals for Municipal Solid Waste landfills and Hazardous Waste landfills.
Prof. Datta has received six best-paper awards of the Indian Geotechnical Society. He was awarded the Indian Geotechnical Society (Delhi Chapter) Leadership Award in July 2008. In 2010, Prof. Datta was chosen by the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering to be the Chairperson for the 6th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnology attended by 400 delegates. He was awarded the honor of delivering the prestigious IGS Annual Lecture in 2011 at the Indian Geotechnical Conference at Kochi He has been awarded the Indian Geotechnical Society (Delhi Chapter) Lifetime Achievement Award (2016-17) as well as the Teaching Excellence Award by IIT Delhi (2018).