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Bhaskar C.S. Chittoori, 2019 Accomplished Under 40

Bhaskar C.S. Chittoori

38 • Associate professor of civil engineering •

Boise State University • Boise

Bhaskar Chittoori was born in India to a mother who believed in the power of adaptability.

He has used her example as an inspiration throughout his life, and hopes to spend the rest of his own career helping students adapt and grow as they find their own pathways to success.

Early on, Chittoori set big goals for himself, and he has worked tirelessly to achieve them.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, in Kakinada, India, in 2002. Next, he earned a master’s degree from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka in Surathkal, India. In so doing, he became the first engineer in his family.

Next, Chittoori moved to the United States to continue his education. He earned a doctorate degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2008.

From there, he was Boise bound. Chittoori took a teaching job at Boise State University and started to put down roots. He achieved early tenure after being published 75 times in academic publications and conferences.

Now, as an associate professor of civil engineering at Boise State University, Chittoori is helping his students build roads, both literal and metaphorical.

Recently, Chittoori has been working with a team of students on a project that will improve the use of expansive soils, using a location along U.S. 95 in Marsing as a testing grounds. The project enhances environmental sustainability by using significantly less lime. It will also make the roads safer over time and will cost taxpayers less in the long run, he says.

Chittoori has also secured a grant that looks at using indigenous soil bacteria to make soil stronger, and has brought in more than $2 million for his department.

Chittoori’s colleagues are impressed with his intelligence and his ability to talk about complicated subjects in ways any audience can understand.

“He is an outstanding leader in his field; he has contributed his time and expertise to help students excel in their educational pursuits and to his local and national community,” writes Cheryl L. Jorcyk, director of clinical and translation research at Boise State University, in a letter of recommendation. “He has entrepreneurial business savvy to fund his research laboratory, and he is a steady, accomplished mentor who influences numerous graduate and undergraduate students.”

At every step on his career path, Chittoori has held firm in his belief that taking risks and engaging in experiments is the best way to learn and grow. Every day, he encourages his students to do the same.

Recently, Chittoori had a student who wanted to use computer science as part of his final project. Chittoori was unfamiliar with the techniques involved, but enthusiastically agreed to let his student take on the project.

“(Students) have to be willing to put in that extra effort to teach themselves and make that project a success,” he explains. “That’s how I learned, by being thrown in the deep end and being forced to sink or swim.”

Chittoori has become a family man in Boise, and he and his wife are busy raising three daughters. Within the next four years, Chittoori plans to continue his academic success by becoming a full professor.

Next, he hopes to become a department chair at Boise University and, eventually, a university administrator.

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2 comments

  1. Nagasreenivasu Talluri

    Congrats Srinu anna, good luck and best for your future endeavors

  2. Well done Bhaskar…. Congratulations for your achievements……. All the best for your future projects…..