Shashanka Mallikarjuna

2020-21 Fellows

Shashanka Mallikarjuna is a Fellow of the Center for Buildings, Infrastructure and Public Space and is enrolled in the Master’s Degree program for Construction Engineering & Management at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science of Columbia University. His undergraduate degree was a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Mangalore, India, conferred in 2019.

He has significant experience working as an intern at Murthy Infratech in Karnataka, India, where he scheduled and reviewed day-to-day construction activities. This involved reviewing owner requirements, availability of resources, and supervision of labor contractors at a variety of site locations. In addition, his role as Senior Analyst at Capgemini focused on assisting software developers in building an online portal for an insurance provider, State Farm.

At CBIPS he will he will be participating in the research efforts related to the impacts of COVID-19 on the next years of the construction and real estate industries. As a Research Assistant at his undergraduate university, he promoted sustainability in construction by introducing new equipment at the college laboratory to test shear strength. He was also responsible for establishing a linear relationship between shear strength and the mechanical properties of concrete. His research work was published at international conferences, and, at one of them, he was the youngest recipient of the "Best Oral Presentation" award from a group of 250 other presenters. Assuming the position as a part-time Operations Manager at his family business, a food commodities trading company, he supervised the resource management department and ensured safety of the crew on site. He was responsible for launching an electronic bid response process as per state regulations, increasing the efficiency and frequency of bidding by 200% and expanding market reach.

As the Technical Head of the American Society of Civil Engineers NITK chapter, he conducted workshops on AutoCAD and SAP 2000 to help students expand their learning beyond the confines of the academic curriculum. He also led a teaching initiative to assist underprivileged children as the Cultural Head of the Indian Society for Technical Education NITK chapter.