Hari D. Sharma, PhD, PE, GE, is a principal geotechnical engineer based in California who focuses on the design and construction of waste containment facilities and geotechnical structures and foundations in seismically active areas.
For more than 30 years, Hari has been a leading practitioner in the engineering design, permitting, and closure of hazardous, industrial, and municipal waste landfills. He has pioneered design techniques widely used today for liner, leachate collection, and cover systems utilizing natural soil and geosynthetic components. He has also been a pioneer in the development of methods for the static and seismic stability evaluation of these facilities. In addition, Hari has extensive experience in the design of earthen structures such as surface impoundments (cooling ponds, wastewater ponds, chemical storage ponds) for electric utilities, petrochemical manufacturers, mining and ore processors, and waste disposal industries.
Throughout his career, Hari has directed geotechnical investigations and design activities for infrastructure and water resources projects. He has been involved in feasibility studies, site selection, and cost-benefit evaluations of large earthen dam projects, and has performed testing and monitoring during dam design and construction. He has also performed feasibility studies, final design, and construction coordination of technical issues for other water resources projects, such as flood control levees, canals for irrigation districts, and water diversion and control systems. He has conducted and supervised field investigations, laboratory testing programs, and design of flexible and rigid pavements and foundations for bridges, roads, and highways.
Hari continues to advance the state of the practice through the authorship of major works on geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering, including Geoenvironmental Engineering: Site Remediation, Waste Containment & Emerging Waste Management Technologies (John Wiley & Sons) and Pile Foundations in Engineering Practice (John Wiley & Sons). He also served on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Environmental Geotechnics Committee and on the National Research Council’s Committee for the Assessment of the Performance of Engineered Waste Containment Barriers.