Dr. P. L. Patel is Professor (HAG) of Hydraulics and Water Resources in Department of Civil Engineering, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat, India.
He did his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Government Engineering College, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, India and, then, pursued his Master and Doctoral Degrees in Civil Engineering from the, then, University of Roorkee (now Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India). Soon after earning PhD degree, he served Border Roads Organization as an Assistant Executive Engineer (Civil) through Indian Engineering Services for a period of four years (Sept. 1995 – June 1999). Prior to joining SVNIT Surat in 2007, he served as Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department in Delhi College of Engineering (now DTU) for eight years. He has total of 21 years of teaching/research experience and 3.5 years of industrial experience.
Prof. Patel has been appointed as Deputy Director of SVNIT since September 2019.He has held various administrative positions at SVNIT Surat including Director-incharge, Dean Academics, Dean (Research and Consultancy), Head of the Department, TEQIP-II and TEQIP-III Coordinator, Centre of Excellence on ‘Water Resources and Flood Management’ etc.
Prof. Patel’s area of expertise include Sediment transport and bed level variations in Alluvial rivers, River morphology, Hydrodynamics of Alluvial rivers, Hydrological modelling in assessment of water availability in watersheds, Impact of climate change in water resources. Since the beginning of his academic career in year 1999, Prof. Patel was involved in undertaking research projects as a Chief Coordinator and numerous consultancy projects. To his credit, there are nearly 185 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference Proceedings. Many of his research works in which he has been associated, received awards and international recognition.
Prof. Prem Lal Patel has been actively reviewing many scientific journal articles of international repute. He is Fellow of various professional societies like Institution of Engineers (IE), Indian Society of hydraulics (ISH) and Indian Water Resources Society (IWRS).