2016年11月20日，加拿大渥太华大学Sai Vanapalli教授应邀为我校师生作题为《Need For Mechanics Of Unsaturated Soils In Geotechnical Engineering Practice Applications Using Simple Techniques》的学术报告。报告由地测学院李同录教授主持，全院六十余位师生参加了此次报告会。
报告会持续三个小时，Sai Vanapalli教授的报告内容丰富、实践性强，讲解深入浅出、生动形象。在互动交流环节，我院多位师生与Sai Vanapalli教授进行了热烈讨论。
Sai Vanapalli教授简介：Dr. Vanapalli received his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in1994. Since then, he has been actively involved with research activitiesrelated to mechanics of unsaturated soils, primarily dealing with engineeringproperties of unsaturated soils such as shear strength, stiffness, coefficientof permeability, volume change behavior and proposing innovative techniques forthe design of geotechnical infrastructures in unsaturated soils and problematicsoils (e.g., expansive soils, collapsible soils and sensitive clays). Dr.Vanapalli is presently a Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada and alsoa High-end foreign expert professor at Wuhan University. He has authored orco-authored close to 250 research publications.He has been invited to present 14 keynote and 2 plenary addresses, and1 invited contribution in different distinguished national and internationalconferences. He also received Stermac Award for his service contributions tothe Canadian Geotechnical Society in 2010, many teaching nominations, 2015Glinski Research Excellence Award from the Faculty of Engineering, Universityof Ottawa. He has organized several national and international geotechnicalengineering conferences.