Gund Fellow, Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mandar Dewoolkar is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UVM. He has over 20 years of experience as a researcher, consultant and educator. Since 2003, he has worked with 3 postdocs and over 25 graduate and 50 undergraduate students on a variety of research projects.

His scholarship is a mix of fundamental and applied research, which aims at understanding the effects of environmental and human-induced loadings and hazards on natural and engineered materials, structures, and systems. He collaborates with hydrologists; structural, environmental, transportation, mechanical, aerospace and electrical engineers; geographers; geologists; historic preservationists; statisticians; and education and social scientists. He has been a principal or co-principal investigator on research grants totaling over $6 million from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Park Service, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Vermont Space Grant Consortium, Vermont Agency of Transportation, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and Vermont Water Resources & Lake Studies Center.

Mandar received UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Outstanding Faculty Performance award in 2017, Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007, and Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award in 2010; Vermont Campus Compact's 2011 Engaged Scholar Award, and the Eramus Mundus International Visiting Scholarship to spend Fall 2010 semester at the International Consortium of Structural Anayslis of Monuments and Historical Construction, University of Minho, Guimaraes, Portugal.


  • Hamshaw, S. D., Dewoolkar, M. M., Schroth, A. W., Wemple, B. C., and Rizzo, D. M. (2018), “A new machine-learning approach for classifying hysteresis in suspended-sediment discharge relationships using high-frequency monitoring data," Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1029/2017WR022238.
  • Oka, L. G., Dewoolkar, M., and Olson, S. M. (2018), “Comparing laboratory-based liquefaction resistance of a sand with non-plastic fines with shear wave velocity-based field case histories,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 113, 162-173.
  • Frolik, J., Lens, J. E., Dewoolkar, M. M., and Weller, T. M. (2018), "Effects of soil characteristics on passive wireless sensor interrogation," IEEE Sensors Journal, 18(8), 3454-3460.
  • Underwood, K. L., Rizzo,  D. M., Schroth, A. W., and Dewoolkar, M. M. (2017), "Evaluating spatial variability in sediment and phosphorous concentration-discharge relationships using Bayesian inference and self-organizing maps," Water Resources Research, 10.1002/2017WR021353,
  • Hamshaw, S. D., Bryce, T., Rizzo, D. M., O'Neil-Dunne, J., Frolik, J., and Dewoolkar, M. M. (2017), "Quantifying streambank movement and topography using unmanned aircraft system photogrammetry with comparsion to terrestrial laser scanning," River Research and Applications,
Mandar Dewoolkar

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, hazard mitigation, natural and built infrastructure, engineering applications for heritage preservation, geotechnical aspects of space exploration, engineering education


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.Tech, Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology
  • BE, Civil Engineering, University of Mumbai, India


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