Faculty Profile

Dr. Unni Kartha G
Dean (Academics)



Dr. Unni Kartha G is presently holding the position as Dean (Academics) at FISAT. He is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Dr. Unni Kartha completed PhD from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, Kerala in the area of Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering. His masters is in Structural Engineering from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore with First Rank in the year 2002. He was a recipient of GATE scholarship during his post graduation. He completed B.Tech in Civil Engineering with Honours from NSS College of Engineering Palakkad in the year 1999.

Dr. Kartha started off the career in FISAT in the year 2004 as Lecturer in Civil Engineering. Prior to joining FISAT, he was Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Amrita Institute of Technology and Science, Kollam, Kerala from 2002-2004. Dr. Kartha was the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at FISAT from 2011 to 2021. He played a key role in starting the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Civil Engineering on campus. As the first head of the department of Civil Engineering at FISAT, he was instrumental in the development of the department, including setting up of the labs, faculty recruitment, and documentation systems.

Dr. Kartha was holding the charge of Placement Officer from 2006 to 2023 and made significant contributions to establish an active placement cell with commendable achievements.

His research interests are Soil Structure Interaction, Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Finite Element Method, Parallel Computing, Machine learning and Teaching Learning Process. He is actively involved in consultancy work related to structural engineering and material testing. He is an affiliated member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and is actively associated with the student chapter of the campus. He is also a life member of the Indian Geotechnical Society (IGC).

At FISAT, Dr. Kartha is actively involved in many committees and played key role in AICTE and University affiliation processes, NAAC and NBA accreditations, ISO certification, development of Library, Design and development of central computing facility, Planning, allotment and layouts of the department labs, staff rooms, office, placement cell and sports infrastructure. He was awarded the Best Teacher award from FISAT in the year 2011 for his overall contributions.

He has authored 20 publications in Conferences and Journals and has been a resource person for training programs and FDPs. He has organised as well as attended many FDPs, Conferences and outreach programs. Over a period of time, he has taught many subjects including Structural Analysis, Design of Steel Structures, Prestressed concrete structures, Finite Element Method, Strength of Materials, Mechanics of Solids, Engineering Graphics and Basic Civil Engineering. He is presently an approved research guide of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Thiruvananthapuram.

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/unnikartha/

Educational Qualification


Degree Specialisation Institute University Year
Ph.D. Civil Engineering School of Engineering Cochin University of Science And Technology (CUSAT) 2019
M.E. Structural Engineering Government College of Technology, Coimbatore Bharathiar University 2002
B.Tech. Civil Engineering NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad University of Calicut 1999



Dean (Academics) Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT) 1-05-2023 – till date
Professor Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT) 1-11-2019 to 31-04-2023
Assistant Professor (Senior Grade) Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT) 1-10-2010 to 31-10-2019
Assistant Professor Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT) 01-08-2006 to 30-09-2010
Lecturer Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT) 23-06-2004 to 31-07-2006
Lecturer Amrita Institute of Technology and Science, Kollam 26-08-2002 to 21-06-2004


Awards and honours


  • First Rank in M.E. Structural Engineering – Government College of Technology, Coimbatore 2002
  • Best Teacher Award, FISAT, 2011
  • Recipient of GATE Scholarship for ME

Administrative & Institutional Support


Present Responsibilities

  • Dean Academics from May 2023 onwards
  • IQAC coordinator – May 2023 onwards
  • PTA executive Member since 2006
  • Civili Construction and Maintenance in-charge
  • AICTE Approval Process in charge
  • KTU Affiliation Process in-charge

Past Responsibilities

  • Head of the Department – Civil Engineering 2011-2021
  • Placement Officer – 2006-2023

Professional body memberships


  • ASCE American Society for Civil Engineers – Affiliate Member
  • Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) – Life Member
  • Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) – Life Member
  • IGS Kochi Chapter – Life Member
  • Free Software Foundation, India – Member
  • TUG (Tex Users Group) – Member

Research & Publications


Google Scholar | Scopus

Area of interest:

  • Soil Structure Interaction
  • Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering
  • Finite Element Method
  • Parallel Computing
  • Machine learning
  • Teaching Learning Process


Papers in Journals:

  1. Unni, Kartha G., K. S. Beena, and C. Mahesh. “Development of 1-D Shake Table Testing Facility for Liquefaction Studies.” Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series A 99.3 (2018): 423-432. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40030-018-0299-2
  2. Veena Jayakrishnan, Beena K.S., Unni Kartha G, Vinod J. S. “Effect of Hammer Impact on Wave Propagation Characteristics of Soil: A Laboratory Study.” International Journal of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (IJGEE) Vol 10, issue 2. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJGEE.2019070104
  3. Kartha, G. Unni, K. S. Beena, and CP Mohamed Thahir. “Shake Table Studies on Embankments on Liquefiable Soil.” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering. Springer, Singapore, 2019. 101-109. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0562-7_12

Papers presented in Conferences:

  1. Kiran, N.K., Unni Kartha, G., Nair, N. (2023). A Study on the Effect of Tank Shape on the Performance of Tuned Liquid Dampers. In: Saha, S., Sajith, A.S., Sahoo, D.R., Sarkar, P. (eds) Recent Advances in Materials, Mechanics and Structures. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 269. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-3371-4_21
  2. Hrishikesh, P., Unni Kartha, G. (2022). Compressive Strength Prediction with Boundary-Defined Datasets. In: Proceedings of SECON’21. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 171. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80312-4_25
  3. K, Vineesh and Kartha G, Unni and Nair, Neeraja, Buckling Behaviour of Hollow Stainless Steel Sections (September 27, 2021). Yukthi 2021 – The International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering, 24th to 26th September 2021, Government Engineering College, Kozhikode, Available at SSRN at http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3978099
  4. Beena K.S., Jayakrishnan V., Unni Kartha G., Shafnas P.S. (2021) “Studies on the Effect of Fines Content on Liquefaction Resistance Using Shake Table Tests.” In: Proceedings of the Indian Geotechnical Conference 2019. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 138. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-33-6564-3_60
  5. Eluvathingal A.J., Unni Kartha G (2021) “Diagrid Structural System for Tilted Steel Buildings.”,. (2021) Proceedings of SECON 2020. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 97. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55115-5_84
  6. Chandana, M., Unni Kartha, G., Mahesh, C. (2020). Time Optimization of Parallel Dynamic Analysis Using Greedy Algorithm in FEA. In: Dasgupta, K., Sajith, A., Unni Kartha, G., Joseph, A., Kavitha, P., Praseeda, K. (eds) Proceedings of SECON’19. SECON 2019. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 46. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26365-2_33
  7. Firzeena Firoz, Unni Kartha G, Mahesh C, Muhamed Noufal C, “Development Of Low Cost Systems For Structural Health Monitoring”, Second National Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, SECON’ 2018, in the Second National Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, SECON’ 2018
  8. Chandana M and Unni Kartha G, “Dynamic Analysis of Structures Using Parallel Finite Element Method in OpenSees”, First National Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT), 2017
  9. Unni Kartha, K.S. Beena, Muhamed Thahir C.P., “Shake Table studies on embankments on liquefiable soil”, Annual Conference of IGS, IGC 2016.
  10. K S Beena, Unni Kartha G, “Stone Columns for Liquefaction Mitigation: an Experimental Investigation”, 6th International Geotechnical Symposium on Disaster Mitigation in Special Geoenvironmental Conditions, IIT Chennai, January 2015
  11. Resma Chandran, Unni Kartha G , “Comparative Study On Solid And Coupled Shear Wall”, International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engg. & Management-2014 (ICETEM’14), Sree Narayana Gurukulam College of Engg., Kerala, India, 30th & 31st December 2014.
  12. Geethu C V, Unni Kartha G, “Effect Of Connection Eccentricity In The Behaviour Of Steel Tension Members”, International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engg. & Management-2014 (ICETEM’14), Sree Narayana Gurukulam College of Engg., Kerala, India, 30th & 31st December 2014.
  13. Ananya John, Unni Kartha G, ”Analytical Study On Stress Strain Behaviour Of Reinforced Concrete Column”, International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engg. & Management-2014 (ICETEM’14), Sree Narayana Gurukulam College of Engg., Kerala, India, 30th & 31st December 2014.
  14. Dhanya Rajendran, Unni Kartha G, “Comparison Of Lateral Analysis Of Reinforced Concrete And Steel Silo, International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engg. & Management-2014 (ICETEM’14), Sree Narayana Gurukulam College of Engg., Kerala, India, 30th & 31st December 2014
  15. Aswathy Simon, Unni Kartha G, “Seismic Pounding of Bridges due to Multi-Support Excitation with traveling wave”, National Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Engg. RASE 2013, CUSAT, December 13-15, 2013, Kochi, Kerala, India
  16. Indu V S, Unni Kartha G, “Seismic Analysis of Wind Turbines using Opensees”, National Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Engg. RASE 2013, December 13-15, 2013, CUSAT, Kochi, Kerala, India
  17. Beena K S, Unni Kartha G” Coir Geotextile Enclosed Stone Column”, International Conference on Ground Improvement and Ground Control organised by University of Wollongong, Australia, University of Wollongong, Australia.
  18. Unni Kartha G, J Sreeram babu, “Effect of inclusion of soil in the analysis of plane frames resting on piled footings and raft footings” National Conference on “Sustaining technology for advancements in civil Engg.”, SRKR Engg. college, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, 2005

Books authored/edited:

  1. Proceedings of the International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management (SECON’21), held on 12-15 May 2021, Published by Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80312-4
  2. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management (SECON’20), held in Angamaly, Kerala, India, on 14-15 May 2020 Published by Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55115-5
  3. Proceedings of the 3rd National Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management (SECON’19), held in Angamaly, Kerala, India, on 15-16 May 2019, Published by Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26365-2

FDPs/Trainings attended


  1. One week Industrial Training at RWDI Consulting Engineers Pvt Ltd, Thiruvananthapuram from 14-18 Mach 2022
  2. 6th International Course on Seismic Analysis of Structures using OpenSees Organised by University of Palermo, Italy from 19-22 July 2021
  3. Two-Day International Workshop on Statistical Data Analysis Using R Programming” organised by A2Z EduLearningHub 15 May to 16 May 2021
  4. Two day Workshop on NBA and NAAC Accreditation details by Prof. Mahadevan, FISAT, May 2014
  5. National Seminar on “Finite Element Analysis using Plaxis 3D” organised by Division of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, CUSAT. 14 February 2014
  6. Half day ISTE Workshop on Green Buildings Awareness organised in connection with Ekalavya Project of IIT Bombay, FISAT 24 August 2013
  7. Technical talk on “Chemical Admixtures” organised jointly by ACC & ICI, Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadavanthra, Ernakulam 3 October, 2013
  8. National Workshop on “Modern Techniques in Geotechnical and Construction Engineering” organised by Division of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, CUSAT, 27 September 2013
  9. One day workshop on NPTEL in association with IIT Madras and Classle Knowledge, FISAT 12 December 2012
  10. Two day ISTE Workshop on Akash for Education conducted by IIT Bombay under MHRD through ICT, FISAT 10-11 November 2012
  11. Teaching assistant and participated for ISTE Program on “Research Methodologies” organised by IIT Bombay as part of Ekalaya project, 25 June /2012
  12. ‘Concrete Talk’ organised by Ambuja Cements, Taj Gateway Cochin, 9 May 2012
  13. Indian Geotechnical Conference – 2011, “Geochallenges” organised by Indian Geotechnical Society Kochi Chapter and Division of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, CUSAT. Gokulam Park Cochin, 15 December 2011
  14. First Indo Japan workshop on Geotechnical Engineering, Park Centre, Kochi 14 December 2011
  15. Fourth National Conference on “Recent Advances in Civil Engineering” (RACE – 2010) organised by Division of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, CUSAT. 16 September 2010
  16. Workshop on “High Impact Teaching Skills” conducted by Dale Carnegie and Associates and Wipro RASET Kakkanad 20 April 2009
  17. Mission 10X, a Dale Carnegie Certification course conducted by Wipro Technologies RASET Kakkanad 20 April 2009
  18. Lecture programme by Prof. Richard Mathew Stallmann MG University Kottayam 7 December 2008
  19. International Conference on “Advanced Computing and Communication Technologies for High Performance Applications” organised by Dept. of CSE, FISAT, 24-26 September 2008
  20. National Seminar on “Application of coir geotextiles on roads” by Coir Board and Dept. of Civil Engineering, CET 27 May 2008
  21. National Seminar on “Advanced Networking Technologies and Security” organised by Dept. of CSE, FISAT, 8-10 August 2007
  22. National Workshop on “Industrial Robots” sponsored by AICTE, Adichunchunagiri Institute of Technology, Chickmangalore, 27-29 April 2007
  23. National Conference on “New business environment and success strategies” organised by Holy Grace Academy of Management Studies, Mala, Thrissur, Hotel Avenue Regent, 27 May 2006
  24. National Workshop on “Tsunami effects and mitigation measures” organised Department of Ocean Engineering IIT Madras, May 2006
  25. National Conference on “Sustaining technology for advancements in civil engineering, SRKR Engineering college, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh. 24 November 2005
  26. Seminar on “Soft Design with SAP 2000” organised by Dept. of Civil Engineering, NSS Palakkad, Hotel Indraprastha 19 January 2003

Resource Person


  1. FDP on Thrust Areas of Research in Civil Engineering” (PhaseII), Dr.N.G.P Institute of Technology, Kalapatti Road, Coimbatore in association with  Indian Concrete Institute, Coimbatore Center & Indian Geotechnical Society, Coimbatore Chapter, 14 June 2021
  2. From purchasing land to constructing a building and occupying it – the process and paperwork involved. Workshop for final year students. Organised by Department of Civil Engineering, FISAT, 5-8 December 2020
  3. FDP on LaTeX, organised by Department of Civil Engg, FISAT, 7-10 July 2020
  4. KTU Sponsored FDP on Geo Hazards and Disaster Mitigation, Viswajyothi College of Engineering and Technology, 13 Dec 2029
  5. TEQIP Sponsored Hands on Workshop on OpenSees, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), 3 September 2019
  6. Imagination and beyond – Building Planning workshop organised by ACE, Department of Civil Engineering, FISAT 2-13 July 2018
  7. Ask an Expert, Invited Lecture – Career Guidance for +2 Students organised by Mathrubhoomi Daily at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode centres during the year 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  8. ISTE Sponsored STTP on Numerical Modeling in Civil Engineering organised by Viswajyothi College of Engineering, Vazhakkulam 13-17 March 2017
  9. Invited Lecture on Placement opportunities and preparation required at Muthoot Institute of Technology and Science organised by Placement Cell, MITS 29 April 2016
  10. Hands on Workshop on Sketchup organised as part of Nautilis (Tech Fest) organised by IEEE FISAT, 2016
  11. TEQUIP II Sponsored workshop on Latex- Creating Presentations using Beamer and Creating Graphics in Latex LBS college of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram 8 July 2015
  12. Prospects in Civil Engineering Placement Training Session at  AISAT, Kochi 30 June 2015
  13. Purchasing Land and constructing a building – paperwork involved, Add on program Organised by ACE, FISAT
  14. Mendeley – a tool for managing research, Hands on Workshop for Faculty members, Centre for Continuing Education, FISAT, 27 November 2013
  15. Data Visualisation using FOSS Tools, ICEFOSS, Organised by Department of Computer Science and Engineering, FISAT, 16 January 2015

Projects Guided


M.Tech Project Guided:

  1. Simulation of Tuned Liquid Dampers using PFEM, 2023
  2. Study of TLDs in Irregular Buildings, 2023
  3. Seismic performance of shear energy dissipation beams in braced steel frames, 2022
  4. Progressive Collapse Mitigation of Dual Braced Moment frames by Passive Earthquake Energy Dissipative System, 2022
  5. Predicting Concrete Compressive Strength using Machine Learning, 2021
  6. Seismic mitigation control of building with floating story as tuned mass damper, 2021
  7. Analysis and design of diagrid structural system for high rise steel buildings, 2020
  8. Effect of shape of water tank on the behaviour of multistory frames during dynamic loading, 2019
  9. A study on the behaviour of steel corrugated web beams with single web and multiple web, 2019
  10. Structural Health Monitoring of Bridges, 2018
  11. Buckling Behaviour of Stainless Steel Hollow Sections, 2018
  12. Parametric Optimisation of Plane roof trusses, 2018
  13. Dynamic Analysis of structures using OpenSees on High Performance Computing Machines, 2017
  14. Seismic analysis of high rise buildings with connecting structure, 2016
  15. Progressive collapse resistance of RC framed shear wall structures, 2016

B.Tech Project Guided:

  1. Vibrations Induced In Ground Due To Piling – A field study, 2023
  2. Design of interface adaptor for structural testing of habitable module for manned space mission, 2022
  3. A study of liquid column damper using shake table experiments, 2022
  4. Removal of Copper from Industrial Waste using Natural Adsorbents, 2019
  5. Effect of fines on the engineering properties of Cherthala sand, 2018
  6. Mechanical Vibrations in Buildings, 2016
  7. Liquefaction studies on soil, 2015



Consultancy projects undertaken:

  • Impact Assessment of piling and construction activities on houses near to SFS whispering Hills at Unnichira, Thrikkakkara, Ernakulam
  • Evaluation/Testing of structural properties of WPC Door/ Window Frame , 2022.
  • Preparation of DPR for Clean Mookkannor Project, 2022, Hormis foundation, Mookkanoor
  • Impact assessment of vibration due to piling, FACT, Ernakulam, 2022
  • Abatement of Polluted Stretch of Puzhakkal river, 2021, Detailed DPR to Department of water resources Govt. of Kerala
  • Library planning for SHOHS, Mookkannoor, 2021
  • Survey – Poothamkutti Water Supply System, 2020
  • Crime Spot Mapping for Kerala State Police Department in association with KSREC, Thiruvananthapuram, 2019
  • Minor Irrigation Project – Mookkannoor Bharaniparambu Jalaviniyoga Karshaka Samithi , 2018
  • Development Plans for the Govt. Higher Secondary School Mookkannoor, 2016
  • Consultancy work of design of cooling tower for CEMEC, OMAN, 2016
  • Consultancy Work on design of Water Tank, 2013
  • Consultancy Work  on Material Testing, 2013 – 2020

Courses offered


List of courses offered:

  • 222TCE100 | S2 M.Tech SECM | Advanced Numerical Methods | 
  • CET302 | S6 B.Tech CE | Structural Analysis II | 
  • 06CE7117 | S3 M.Tech SECM | Advanced Design of Steel Structures | 
  • 221ECE006 | S1 M.Tech SECM |Finite Element Method | Google Classroom
  • 06CE6248 | S2 MTech SECM | Matrix Method of Structural Analysis | 
  • CE 403 | S7 B.Tech CE | Structural Analysis III | Google Classroom | Youtube
  • 06CE6038| S2 M.Tech SECM | Prestressed Concrete Structures | Google Classroom | Youtube
  • MCN202 | S4 B.Tech CE | Constitution of India | Google Classroom | Youtube |
  • CE 401 | Design of Steel Structures | FISATX | Youtube
  • CE 202 | S4 B.Tech CE | Structural Analysis I | Moodle | Youtube
  • CE 468 | S8 B.Tech CE | Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Resistant Design
  • CE010 804 L06 S8 B.Tech CE | Structural Dynamics and Stability Analysis |

Some other common study materials are here



Admin Block: Dean’s Office – IQAC (AB 114)

Staff Room 1 – Decennial Block (DB 311)

Ph : +91-484-2725-303

Contact Email: unnikartha@fisat.ac.in