Milind V. Khire is currently Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Assistant Director of Energy and Environment Cluster at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Previously he was Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Michigan State University (MSU). He also worked as a senior consultant in Geosyntec Consultants and Tonkin & Taylor in the U.S. and New Zealand before he began his faculty career in 2002.While at MSU and UNC Charlotte, Dr. Khire has been a principal investigator on a number of projects that involved permitting and field and lab-scale testing and numerical modeling for waste containment facilities. His projects have been funded by Waste Management, Inc., Duke Energy, Southern Company, Michigan Department of Transportation, Environmental Research and Education Foundation, U.S. National Science Foundation, Dept. of Energy, and Texas SWANA. Most of his work has been focused on municipal solid waste and recently on coal ash landfills. His most recognized contribution has been design of water balance or earthen final covers for landfills using numerical methods and state-of-the-art instrumentation to evaluate the long-term performance of covers in the field. He has co-edited three books on waste management and is an author of over 100 papers and reports. He is the inventor on three U.S. patents related to technologies for managing leachate from landfills.
He is a recipient of these national and local awards:
- Alpha Award (2011), Innovation in Engineering and Technology Related to Waste Containment, Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD)
- Lilly Teaching Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2006-2007.
- Exemplary Service Award, Journal of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engr., American Society of Civil Engineers, 2006
- Croes Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1998
- Severson Geotechnical Award, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1995