Dr Pijush Samui is currently an Associate Professor in the civil engineering department at the National Institute of Technology Patna, India. He graduated in 2000 with a BTech in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, and received his MSc in geotechnical earthquake engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 2004. He received his PhD in geotechnical earthquake engineering in 2008 from the same institution.
Pijush was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, from 2008 to 2009, and at Tampere University of Technology, Finland, from 2009 to 2010. At the University of Pittsburgh, he worked on the design of efficient tools for rock cutting and the application of Support Vector Machines in geostructural design. At Tampere University of Technology, he worked on the design of railway embankments, slope reliability and site characterization. In 2010, he joined the Center for Disaster Mitigation and Management at VIT University, India, as an Associate Professor, and was promoted to Professor in 2012.
His research focuses on the application of artificial intelligence in designing civil engineering structures, foundation design, the stability of railway embankments, reliability analysis, site characterization, and earthquake engineering. He is the recipient of the prestigious CIMO Fellowship (2009) for his integrated research on the design of railway embankments, and was awarded the Shamsher Prakash Research Award in 2011 by IIT Roorkee for his innovative research on the application of artificial intelligence in designing civil engineering structures. He was also selected as the recipient of the IGS Sardar Resham Singh Memorial Award in 2013 for his research on infrastructure projects.
Pijush was elected Fellow of the International Congress of Disaster Management in 2010, and has been Visiting Professor at Far Eastern Federal University, Russia. He has been a guest editor of Disaster Advances journal, and continues to serve as an editorial board member of several international journals.
He is active in a variety of professional organizations including the Indian Geotechnical Society, the Indian Science Congress, the Institution of Engineers, the World Federation of Soft Computing, and Geotechnical Engineering for Disaster Mitigation and Rehabilitation. He has organized numerous workshops and conferences on the applications of artificial intelligence in civil engineering design.