Jay N. Meegoda, an expert in geo-environmental engineering and a professor in the NJIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Geo-environmental engineers apply basic geological and hydrological science, including soil and rock mechanics and groundwater hydrology, to any number of different environmental problems.
Meegoda’s research interests include the engineering properties of contaminated soils; centrifugal modeling of contaminant transport; micro-mechanics; reuse of contaminated soils; ultrasound; and underground infrastructure initiative. His teaching career at NJIT began in the early 1980s.
More recently, in addition to classroom responsibilities, Meegoda helped create and serves as faculty advisor to the NJIT chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Under his direction, the group has worked since 2007 to bring potable water to a small village in northern Haiti. During the recent earthquake, Haitians called on students as well as Meegoda to determine via photos and discussions the integrity of buildings.
Meegoda has also worked with state, local and foreign governments to provide technical support for a broad range of problems including water safety and availability. He has been the principal investigator for several multidisciplinary research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Army and more.
Among Meegoda’s most notable accomplishments has been pioneering contributions to centrifugal testing of soil contamination, micro mechanics of asphalt concrete, ultrasound to decontaminate dredged sediments, reuse of chromium contaminated soils to produce chrom-steel, and development of a smart pipe and inexpensive solar water heater.
Meegoda has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers. In 2001, he received the best practice paper award from the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE for his paper describing the results of an EPA demonstration project.
The ASCE awards fellowships to civil engineers who have made significant technical or professional contributions to the profession, hold a P.E. license, and have at least 10 years of exceptional, responsible engineering experience gained while at member grade in ASCE.