Local Engineer Named Distinguished Member of National Civil Engineering Society
Reston , Va. — Rao Y. Surampalli, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist. MASCE, engineer director with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was recently named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE’s highest accolade, distinguished membership recognizes eminence in a branch of engineering. The active roster of Distinguished Members is comprised of only 198 of the Society’s 146,000 members worldwide. Surampalli will be formally inducted, in honor of his leadership in environmental engineering , Oct. 29, 2009, at ASCE’s 139th Annual Civil Engineering Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
During his career, Surampalli has coordinated major research efforts on 30 environmental engineering topics, including production of bioplastics and biopesticides from biosolids; occurrence and fate of pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, and endocrine disrupting chemicals in water and wastewater treatment plants; and environmental risk of nanomaterials and nanotechnology.
The author of eight books and 146 peer reviewed journal articles, Surampalli is the editor of ASCE’s Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Water Management Journal. He also serves on the editorial advisory board of several major journals and is a member of many national and international committees, review panels or advisory boards, including ASCE’s National Committee on Energy, Environment and Water Policy. He is adjunct professor of environmental engineering at University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Nebraska, University of Quebec, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Iowa State University and Tongji University.
Among his many awards, Surampalli has been the recipient of ASCE’s Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award, the Rudolph Hering Medal, the State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award and the Wesley Horner Medal.
Surampalli received his doctorate in environmental engineering from Iowa State University and his master’s degree in environmental engineering from Oklahoma State University. A registered professional engineer in Iowa and Kentucky, Surampalli is a resident of Lenexa, Kan.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 146,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.