The Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences
Athma  Ram Bhandari, Ph. D.
Athma Ram Bhandari, Ph. D. Research Associate Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
E-mail: athma.bhandari@beg.utexas.edu Telephone: 512-471-0462 Fax: 512-471-0140
Professional Summary
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Research Interests
• Microstructure characterization of geomaterials
• Geotechnical laboratory testing
• Digital-image-based deformation measurements
• Constitutive modeling of geomaterials
• Finite element analysis in Geomechanics
Education
• Ph.D., University of Southampton, UK, 2009
• M. E. Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan, 2004
• B. E. Civil Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2000
Professional History
• Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (2012 – Present).
• Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geomechanics, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, UK (2010 – 2012).
• Knowledge Transfer Secondments (KTS) Fellow in Geomechanics, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, UK (2009 – 2010).
• PhD Researcher for the EPSRC project “Micro-Mechanical Behaviour of Locked Sands”, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, UK (2005 –2009).
• Civil Engineer, Nepal Electricity Authority, Kathmandu, Nepal (2001 – 2002).
• Lecturer, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal (2000 – 2001, 2004 – 2005).
Selected Publications
• Bhandari, A. R., Powrie, W. and Harkness, R. M., 2012, A digital image-based soil deformation measurement system for triaxial tests: Geotechnical Testing Journal, v. 35, no. 2, p.1-18 doi:10.1520/GTJ103821.

• Bhandari, A. R., and Inoue, J., 2005, Strain localization in soft rock – a typical rate dependent solid: experimental and numerical studies: International Journal of Analytical and Numerical Methods in Geomechanics, Vol. 29, p. 1087-1107

• Bhandari, A. R., and Inoue, J., 2005, Experimental study of strain rate effects in strain localization characteristics of soft rocks: Soils and Foundations, Vol. 45, No. 1, p. 125-140, Japanese Geotechnical Society, Japan.
Awards
• Knowledge Transfer Secondments (KTS) Fellowship, EPSRC, 2009 – 2010
• Overseas Research Students Award Scheme (ORSAS) Award, 2006 – 2009
• Research Scholarship at the University of Southampton, 2005 – 2009
• ADB–Japan Scholarship Program Scholarship, 2002 – 2004
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