is a distinguished teaching professor in Civil Engineering and Coordinator of Geotechnical Engineering program at the University of Texas (UTA) at Arlington, Texas, USA. Dr. Puppala joined UTA as an assistant professor in 1996 and was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and to professor in 2005. Dr. Puppala received his BE, MTech and Ph.D. from GITAM, IIT Chennai and Louisiana State University, respectively. He has been conducting research on unsaturated soils, swell and shrinkage behaviors of unsaturated expansive soils, in situ intrusive methods for site characterization, and pavement material characterization studies. Dr. Puppala's research is also highly regarded by the professional community, as evidenced by his scholarly record of 6 book chapters, 120 journal and geotechnical special publications, 30 refereed conference papers, 48 non-refereed conference papers, and 30 technical reports. He was an invited keynote speaker at several major conferences all over the world.

Dr. Puppala received UT system's regents teaching award in 2010 and was the first engineering professor from UT Arlington to receive this highest teaching honor in Texas. Dr. Puppala was also inducted to the UT Arlington's Academy of Distinguished Teachers, the highest teaching honor for a professor at UT Arlington. Dr. Puppala has received several awards including the College of Engineering's "Research Excellence" Award in 2004-2005, the College of Engineering's "Outstanding Young Faculty" Award in 2000-2001 and the 2008 University Award for Outstanding Advisor. Dr. Puppala also served as President of United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER) from 2007-2009. He was also a past Chair of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)'s Geotechnical Institute's Engineering Geology and Site Characterization committee from 2003-2006. Dr. Puppala has been extensively involved with the National Academy of Science's Transportation Research Board (TRB) since 1992. He recently served as the chairman of TRB committee on Soil and Rock Instrumentation (AFS 20) (2006-2012).