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Dipanjan Basu, Ph.D., P.Eng, F.ASCE, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Basu has broad research and teaching interests that include foundations and soil structure interaction, energy geotechnics, sustainability and resilience quantification, soil constitutive modeling, blast analysis of geo-structures, probabilistic analysis, soil dynamics, and ground improvement. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications with more than 65 refereed articles in reputed journals.

He has delivered close to 50 keynotes and invited lectures in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, India, China, and Kazakhstan. Basu was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut  before moving to Waterloo, and has taught professional and university short courses in the U.S., South Africa, India, and Ethiopia. 

He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and a recipient of the Igor Ivkovic Teaching Excellence Award, 2022 (Canada), IGS-P.J. Rao-Y.R. Phill Biennial Award 2020 (India), Telford Premium Award 2011 (UK), Fugro Fellowship 2005 (U.S.), ExCEEd Teaching Fellowship 2009 (U.S.), and Prof. S. Neogi Award 1997 (India), among other accolades. He is a member of several learned societies in the U.S., Canada, and India. 

Basu is a fellow of the Indian Geotechnical Society and the Institution of Engineers (India). He is a past chair of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations division of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS). He is also a past chair of the ISSMGE and ASCE-GI technical committees on Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering. Basu served as an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering and was on the editorial board of Proceedings of the ICE–Geotechnical Engineering.

He obtained his academic degrees from Purdue University, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, and Jadavpur University. He is a professional engineer in the province of Ontario in Canada, and a Chartered Engineer and Professional Engineer in India.