Dr Pradeep Kumar did BE (Civil Engineering), ME (Environmental Engineering) and PhD from University of Roorkee (Now IIT Roorkee, Roorkee) in 1974, 76 and 87 respectively. He was selected for Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and did post-doctoral research at Regional Environmental Systems Engineering (RESE), University of Regina, Regina, Canada from June 1994-May 1995. He also worked at Technical University of Dresden (TU Dresden), Dresden, Germany from May-July 2008 under DAAD Fellowship. He started his career as Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Thapar Institute of Engg. and Tech., Patiala in Jan. 1977. From Jan. 1978-June 2019, he worked at the Dept. of Civil Engineering, Univ. of Roorkee/ IIT Roorkee.
His areas of research interest include water treatment, and water quality and hydrogeological aspects of natural purification of water (riverbank filtration). He has handled several research projects sponsored by DBT (IC-IMPACTS, Canada), European Commission, Ministry of Environment and Forest, GoI etc. He has guided 18 PhD thesis and published more than 60 research papers in refereed international journals. Presently, he is involved as a member of the team for the coordination, technical review/ validation of results and projection of the outcomes of the UNDP sponsored studies related to National Inventory Development of Mercury in India.
He participated in 18th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica for research on Water Quality: Lakes of Schirmacher Oasis, Antarctica during 1998-99. He also participated in 6th Plastic Cup in Aug, 2018, an activity related to plastic pollution. The visit was funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA) and Govt. of Hungary. His international plastic-boat “JOINTISZA” won 1st place. He was also awarded Visiting International Fellowship (VIF) by Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the USA in 2011. At IIT Roorkee, he held many administrative responsibilities like Students Ombudsperson, Coordinator (TEQIP), Chairman (Institute Grievance Redressal Committee) and Chairman (GATE and JAM).