Anirban De

Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

I specialize in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. My professional expertise is in geotechnical investigation, analysis, and design related to solid and hazardous waste disposal sites (landfills) and static and seismic stability of earth embankments. I started my career working for a major geoenvironmental consulting firm, where I was involved in the design and construction of landfills in several states. 


  • PHD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.
  • MS, Illinois Inst. of Tech.
  • BE, Other Foreign College

Courses Taught

  • CIVG 501      Introduction to Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • CIVG 757      Advanced Study in Civil Engineering
  • CIVG 797      Advanced Geomechanics
  • CIVL 310      Introductory Geomechanics
  • CIVL 311      Soil Mechanics Laboratory
  • CIVL 410      Introduction to Geotechnical Applications

  • Research

    My research interest is in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. I just concluded a study sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to understand the effects of surfac blasts on underground structures and evaluate various methods to mitigate such damage.  Both numerical analyses and physical model tests using a geotechnical centrifuge are part of this study.  In a prior study, also sponsored by the NSF,  I was able to measure strains induced on a model underground tunnel or a pipeline due to blasts  at the ground surface, using geotechnical centrifuge modeling techniques.

    I have also conducted research into various aspects of landfill design, such as geosynthetics, slope stability, seismic response, settlement, and contaminant migration. I am part of an ongoing study (also funded by the NSF) in which we are attempting to characterize the effects of an earthquake  on layered soil below ground surface, using instruments embedded in the ground.

  • Professional Experience and Memberships
    Professional Experience
    • Manhattan College: Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering 2002-2008, Associate Professor 2008 to present, Associate Chair 2010 to present.
    • The University of Sydney, Australia: Visiting Faculty Scholar at the School of Civil Engineering: July through November 2009 (on sabbatical leave)
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York: Visiting Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering: June through August 2004
    • Geosyntec Consultants, Walnut Creek, California: Senior Staff Engineer: 1996-1999, Assistant Project Engineer: 1999-2001, Project Engineer: 2001-2002


    • American Society of Civil Engineers / Geo-Institute:
      • Committees: Geoenvironmental, Body of Knowledge (2nd Edition), Body of Knowledge Educational Fulfillment, Geotechnical Committee of Metropolitan (NY) Section
    • American Society for Testing and Materials:
      • Committees: D18, D34, D35
    • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
    • Society of Sigma Xi
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants


    1. “RUI: Understanding the Role of Flexible and Rigid Barriers in Mitigating Surface Blast Effects on Underground Structures ,” funded by the CMMI Division of the National Science Foundation, Award No.: 0928537; Principal Investigator: Dr. Anirban De. Duration: 2009-2013.
    2. Collaborative grant with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI): “NEESR-II: Advanced Site Monitoring and Effective Characterization of Site Nonlinear Dynamic Properties and Model Calibration,” funded by the CMMI Division of the National Science Foundation, Award No.: 0830325. Principal Investigator: Dr. Mourad Zeghal, Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Tarek Abdoun and Dr. Anirban De. Duration: 2008-2014.
    3. "Developing a Curriculum Incorporating the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge and Sustainable Design through an Active Urban Laboratory,” funded by the EEC Division of the National Science Foundation, Award No.: 0530606; Principal Investigator: Dr. Moujalli Hourani, Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Anirban De. Duration: 2005-2008.
    4. Collaborative proposal with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI): “Surface Blast Effects on Tunnels and Pipelines,” received Research Opportunity Award from the National Science Foundation for research in collaboration with RPI. Principal Investigator: Dr. T. F. Zimmie (RPI). Dr. Anirban De – Visiting Assistant Professor at RPI. Duration: Summer 2004.
  • Other

    I also take a lot of interest in issues related to engineering education and preparing students for the engineering profession.  I recently served on the Body of Knowledge (2nd Edition) Committee organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). I am the Faculty Advisor the ASCE Student Chapter at Manhattan College.