School of Civil Engineering

Mr Partha Narayan Mishra

Research Scholar
Office: 49-447:1
Phone: +61 7 3346 9820

Partha graduated with Institute gold and silver medals from National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India with a 5-year Dual Degree (Master and Bachelor of Technology) in Civil Engineering with specialisation in Geotechnical Engineering. He was involved in several projects pertaining to Geotechnical Engineering as research scholar and summer research fellow at Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati prior to joining as a doctoral research scholar at Geotechnical Engineering Centre, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia with scholarship supports through IPRS, UQCent and School Top Up, where his research attempts to study the transition behaviour of dredged soft materials during desiccation through dielectric measurements.



Master of Technology, Bachelor of Technology (Hons.) 06/2010-06/2015
Civil Engineering with specialization in Geotechnical Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India



[1] Desiccation behaviour of saturated porous media
[2] Biomediated geotechnical processes
[3] Thermal and Electrical properties of geomaterials
[4] Numerical modelling of subsurface heat migration through soils
[5] Application of artificial intelligence techniques in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering


Teaching and Learning

Tutor 07/2016-cont
CIVL2210-Fundamentas of Soil Mechanics
CIVL3210-Geotechnical Engineering
The University of Queensland, Australia

Graduate Teaching Assistant 01/2015- 05/2015
Department of Civil Engineering
National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India



Characterisation of soft fine grained soils in relation to dewatering of reclaimed land

In order to capture transitional behaviour of suspended sludge to soil like material, and through direct measurements as well as non-invasive electromagnetic methods (Frequency Domain and Time Domain Reflectometry), the present research aims to investigate the changes in mechanical, hydraulic and rheological properties of soft soils and reference geomaterials subjected to controlled desiccation.



1. Indian Geotechnical Society-Bangalore Chapter Young Geotechnical Engineers Award (2017) For the paper “Experimental Investigation and Prediction Models for Thermal Conductivity of Biomodified Buffer Materials for Hazardous Waste Disposal.” Indian Geotechnical Society, India

2. Queensland International Education and Training Excellence Awards – Research (2017) Research Student of the Year Queensland Government, Australia

3. Institute Gold Medal (2016) Best Post Graduate Student (Batch of 2010-2015: All Engineering streams) National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India

4. Institute Silver Medal (2016) Best Post Graduate in Civil Engineering, Specialization: Geotechnical Engineering (Batch of 2010-2015: All engineering streams) National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India

5. Best Paper Award (2014) For the paper “Appraisal of safe placement distance between canisters in a typical deep geological repository.National Conference on Geoenvironmental issues and Sustainable Urban Development, MNNIT Allahabad, India

6. Institute Academic Achievement Awards (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)

1st rank in branch: 9.84/ 10, Acad. Year: 2013-2014
1st rank in branch: 9.77/ 10, Acad. Year: 2012-2013
2nd rank in branch: 9.38/ 10, Acad. Year: 2011-2012
2nd rank in branch: 8.53/ 10, Acad. Year: 2010-2011
National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India

7. Chief Minister’s Merit Award (2008) State rank 15 in Matriculation Govt. of Odisha, India


Key Publications

•    Mishra, P.N., Bore, T., Jiang, Y., Scheuermann, A., and Li, L. (2018) “Dielectric spectroscopy measurements on kaolin suspension for sedimentation monitoring application.” Measurement, Elsevier, DOI:

•    Mishra, P.N., Bore, T., Scheuermann, A., and Li, L. (2017) “Measurement of dielectric properties of Kaolin with saline pore fluid during dewatering.” 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE-2017), Seoul, South Korea. Link to PDF

•    Mishra, P.N., Das, S.K., and Mohanty, R. (2017) “Electrical conductivity of microbially treated geomaterials and industrial wastes.” Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, ASCE, 21(4), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.2153-5515.0000358

•    Mishra, P.N., Surya, S.S., Gadi, V.K., Joseph, R.A., and Arnepalli, D.N. (2017) “Generalized approach for determination of thermal conductivity of composite buffer materials.” Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, ASCE, 21(4), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.2153-5515.0000357

•    Mishra ,P.N., Das, S.K., and Suman, S. (2016) “Experimental investigation and prediction models for thermal conductivity of biomodified buffer materials for hazardous waste disposal.” Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, ASCE, 21(2), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.2153-5515.0000327