Dr. Sripad R Naik is a graduate in Mining Engineering from NIT, Surathkal in 1990 and acquired his masters from IT, BHU. He completed PhD from NITK, Surathkal and got provisional degree in November 2017. Dr. Sripad joined NIRM in the year 1992 and presently he is Head, Numerical Modelling Department. He has expertise in numerical modelling and instrumentation in the areas of mining and civil engineering. He has worked on many challenging problems in the area of hydroelectric projects, coal mine method of working, instrumentation and subsidence modelling. Substantial experience in sophisticated research techniques and technologies, particularly in the area of 3D modeling of underground structures, slopes. Expert in planning, design and execution of geotechnical instrumentation work for mining and hydroelectric projects. He has published more than 35 technical papers in journals, national and international conferences.