Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
  • B.Tech., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, 2004
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer Civil, California, #86131
Professional Honors
  • Robert H. Kuhlman Memorial Scholarship ACI Georgia Chapter
  • ACI James Instrument Award for Non-Destructive Testing of Concrete
  • Chi Epsilon, Civil Engineering Honor Society
  • Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
Professional Affiliations
  • American Concrete Institute
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society for Testing and Materials
  • International Cement Microscopy Association
  • Society of Concrete Petrographers

Dr. Jayapalan specializes in concrete and other cement-based materials. His expertise includes multi-scale testing and evaluating the structure and properties of concrete and cementitious materials, specifically properties that affect durability. 

Dr. Jayapalan has investigated the durability and performance of building components and construction materials. He has experience investigating material failures in fire-damaged concrete, industrial floors, airport pavements, environmental structures, concrete pavements, mass concrete bridge foundations, prestressed concrete railroad ties and deep foundations. Dr. Jayapalan has experience evaluating the chemical and physical properties of construction materials including concrete, fire-proofing materials, stucco, flooring, wood-composite decks and fiber-cement siding.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Jayapalan was a research assistant and post-doctoral scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was involved in several research projects including investigation of the effect of nanoparticles on properties of cementitious materials and development of accelerated non-destructive tests to detect alkali-silica reaction (ASR) damage. He also evaluated the pollution-abating properties of construction material with embedded titanium dioxide and conducted life-cycle analysis (LCA) to characterize sustainability of various construction materials. 

Dr. Jayapalan has taught undergraduate civil engineering courses as the instructor-of-record, and has also served as a Lecturer for several graduate and undergraduate courses on the properties and durability of construction materials at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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