Povindar K. Mehta

Povindar K. Mehta
Professor Emeritus
Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials

Admixtures, aggregates, cements, composite materials, concrete, industrial waste management and reuse

Office 533 Davis Hall
Email mehta@ce.berkeley.edu
Fax (510) 643-8928


P. Kumar Mehta is Professor Emeritus in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. On his retirement in 1993, after 30 years of teaching and research in concrete technology, he was awarded the Berkeley Citation - the highest campus honor for contributions to his field and to the University. In 2006, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coal Combustion Products Partnership in recognition of his outstanding research for decades on the use of fly ash in structural concrete. He was also elected an Honorary Member of the American Concrete Institute. He is a member of the ACI Board Advisory Committee on Sustainable Development.

Mehta has received several ACI awards including the Wason Medal for Materials Research, ACI Construction Practice Award , ACI/CANMET award for outstanding contributions to knowledge and understanding of physical-chemical factors influencing the performance of concrete in marine environment, and ACI/CANMET award for research on supplementary cementing materials. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous international conferences. At the Fall 2001 ACI Convention, he was invited to deliver the Tuthill Commemorative lecture on Greening of the Concrete Industry.

Mehta holds nine patents in the area of cement and concrete technology, and is the author or coauthor of nearly 250 scientific papers and four books, including a popular university text : CONCRETE: Microstructure, Properties, and Materials. The book has been translated into Chinese , Japanese, Spanish, Portugese and Persian . A thoroughly revised edition of this book (coauthor P.J.M. Monteiro), containing topics of current interest in modern concrete technology, was published in 2006.

Mehta's educational background includes undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Delhi (India), M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from North Carolina State University, and Doctor of Engineering in Material Science and from University of California at Berkeley.


D. Eng., Materials Science and Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1964