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Dr. Pranshoo Solanki

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Biography

Dr. Pranshoo Solanki is a Professor at Illinois State University with over 10 years of academic and professional experience in the field of civil and geotechnical/pavement engineering. He received his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma and master’s degree in civil engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. His research efforts have resulted in over 60 publications and over 30 research presentations in a number of national/international conferences. Dr. Solanki worked on a number of transportation and construction projects funded by agencies such as Illinois Transportation Center and Environmental Protection Agency. He has been recognized for his research work through awards at university and professional level. Dr. Solanki is a registered Professional Engineer in the United States and serving as a member of Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Concrete Institute (ACI) and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Solanki continues to teach courses in the area of geotechnical engineering, construction materials and design at Illinois State University.

Current Courses

292.001Construction Materials Technology

327.001Design Of Building Structures

293.001Mechanical Properties of Materials

224.001Soils And Foundations

400.002Independent Study

Teaching Interests & Areas

Dr. Solanki continues to teach courses in the area of geotechnical engineering, construction materials and design at Illinois State University.

Research Interests & Areas

Recycling of waste materials and industrial by-products in sustainable construction, cementitious stabilization of soils (soil improvement), mechanistic pavement design, characterization of pavement/highway materials, pedagogical research.

Ph D Civil Engineering

University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

MS Civil Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology
New Delhi, India

BS Civil Engineering

Malviya National Institute of Technology
Jaipur, India

2021 – 2022 Outstanding Researcher Award (tenured category)

College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST), Illinois State University
2021

Faculty Advisor of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Outstanding University

American Concrete Institute
2020

2018-2019 Service Award

Department of Technology, Illinois State University
2019

Faculty Advisor of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Outstanding University

American Concrete Institute
2019

2017 - 2018 Research Award

Department of Technology, Illinois State University
2018

Advisor of the 2018 CAST Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher Recipient (Samikaran Bhattarai)

College of Applied Science and Technology, Illinois State University
2018

Keynote Speaker

Environmental Challenges in Civil Engineering (ECCE) Conference, Opole, Poland
2018

2015 – 2016 Teaching Award

Department of Technology, Illinois State University
2017

CAST Pre-Tenure Research Award

College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST)
2016

University Research Initiative Award

Illinois State University
2016

Book, Chapter

Solanki, P., & Zaman, M. Microstructural and Mineralogical Characterization of Clay Stabilized Using Calcium-Based Stabilizers. Kazmiruk, V. (EDs), Scanning Electron Microscope. In-Tech Publisher (2012): 771-798.

Conference Proceeding

Solanki, P., & Chauhan, H. Strength of Concrete Mortar Prepared by Partial Substitution of Cement with Recycled Glass Powder. The Eleventh International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ISEC 11) (2021)
Solanki, P. (2020), “Effect of Mix Proportions on the Properties of CLSM Containing Recycled Glass,” Proceedings of International Structural Engineering and Construction, ISBN 2644-108X, Vol. 7, Issue 1, The Third European and Mediterranean Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (EURO MED SEC3), August 3 – August 8, 2020, Limassol, Cyprus.
Solanki, P., Long, R. and Hu, X. (2020), “Effect of Slag as Cement Substitute and Glass as Sand Substitute on Concrete Properties,” Proceedings of International Structural Engineering and Construction, ISBN 2644-108X, Vol. 7, Issue 1, The Third European and Mediterranean Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (EURO MED SEC3), August 3 – August 8, 2020, Limassol, Cyprus.
Solanki, P., & Bhattarai, S. Properties of Composite Prepared by Stabilizing Soil with Molten Post-Consumer Plastic Waste Bottles. The Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT5) (2019)
Solanki, P., Bierma, T., & Jin, G. Recycling of Single-Stream Waste Glass in Flowable Fill. The Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT5) (2019)

Journal Article

Hu, X., & Solanki, P. Predicting the Resilient Modulus of Cementitiously Stabilized Subgrade Soils Using Neural Network, Support Vector Machine, and Gaussian Process Regression. ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics 21.6 (2021)
Solanki, P., Sancheti, G., & Singh, S. Sustainable Use of Waste Glass in Pavement Systems – Review, Limitations and Potential Application. The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, 47.2 (2021)
Qamhia, I. I. A., Tutumluer, E., Ozer, H. and Solanki, P. (2020), “Mechanistic Analysis and Modeling of Pavement Sections Utilizing Sustainable Aggregate Quarry By-product Applications,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2674, No. 10, pp. 614 – 627.
Solanki, P., Bierma, T. and Jin, G. (2020), “Properties of Flowable Fill Produced by Substituting Fly Ash with Recycled Glass Powder,” Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 265, pp. 1 – 16.
Solanki, P. and Bhattarai, S. (2019) “Recycling of Post-Consumer PET Plastic Waste Bottles in Non-Cement Composites for Construction Applications,” ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 1295-1310.

Technical Report

Solanki, P. “Beneficial Reuse of Lake Michigan’s Dredged Material in Sustainable Construction Material – Flowable Fill,” Final report, Illinois – India Sea Grant College Program Faculty Scholars Program, Grant Number NA18OAR4170082, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, May, 2021.

Presentations

Beneficial Use of Dredged Material in Flowable Fill. 4th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (ICTG). (2021)
Influence of Subgrade Soil Stabilizers on Flexible Pavement Distresses. ASCE T&DI International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference. (2021)
Qamhia, I. I. A., Tutumluer, E., Ozer, H. and Solanki, P. (2020), “Mechanistic Analysis and Modeling of Pavement Sections Utilizing Sustainable Aggregate Quarry By-product Applications,” Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Meeting, Publication No. 20-04195, January 12-16, 2020, Washington D.C.
Solanki, P., “Beneficial Use of Recycled Materials in Flowable Fill: Recycled Glass as a Fly Ash Substitute and Dredged Material as a Sand Substitute,” Illinois Ready Mix Concrete Association Xtreme Conference, February 19, 2020, Peoria, Illinois.
A Summary of Practice for Recycling of Waste Glass in Pavement Materials. ASCE T&DI International Airfield & Highway Pavements Conference. ASCE. (2019)
Properties of Composite Prepared by Stabilizing Soil with Molten Post-Consumer Plastic Waste Bottles. The Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT5). (2019)
Recycling of Single-Stream Waste Glass in Flowable Fill. The Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT5). (2019)
Use of Recycled Materials and Industrial By-products in Sustainable Construction. 3rd Scientific Conference on Environmental Challenges in Civil Engineering (ECCE). (2018)
Utilization of Post-Consumer Bottles in Construction. The 33rd International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management. (2018)
Recycling of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Waste Bottles in Sustainable Pavement Material. The 32nd International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management. (2017)

Grants & Contracts

Developing Stormwater Storage Capacity Model and Permeable Concrete Design for Sustainable Parking Lots. University Research Grant. Illinois State University. (2021)
Beneficial Reuse of Lake Michigan’s Dredged Material in Sustainable Construction Material – Flowable Fill. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Federal. (2020)
Influence of Field-Curing Conditions on Strength of Concrete Test Specimens. Illinois Center for Transportation - Illinois Department of Transportation. State. (2020)
Recycling of Post-Consumer Waste Glass Powder as a Partial Cement Substitute in Concrete. University Research Grant, College of Applied Science and Technology, Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2019)
Travel to Manipal University – Jaipur city campus for research collaboration and explore study abroad program. 2019-2020 Faculty International Travel Grant, Office of International Studies and Programs, Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2019)