Anwar Saeed Akhtar, P.E., F.ASCE, chief engineer and vice president in Houston for Fugro, a multidiscipline international firm, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Akhtar’s professional career began in 1998 as a staff engineer at a small firm in Houston. During his career, he has progressed from staff and field engineer to chief engineer by taking on challenging projects and developing innovative project-specific solutions. He has contributed to the efficient design and stability of structures in the geotechnical services industry for over 23 years.

As chief engineer, he provides project guidance and supervision to geotechnical teams. Having managed teams consisting of a few geotechnical engineers to a department of over 50 professionals providing CMET services, Akhtar’s professional experience has been extensive in handling projects from design to construction. Along with serving as a technical resource to Fugro offices across Texas, he is also tasked with business development for all service lines and proposal submission for large projects. Anwar’s other geotechnical work involves various publications relating to electrical resistivity, geomaterials, and delineation of subsurface contamination using an electric cone penetrometer.

Over the years, Akhtar has been involved in the ASCE Houston Branch as chair of Geotechnical, Construction, and Honors Committees. He has also served as the branch's vice president of technical programs. Other committees where Akhtar has served include those of the American Council of Engineering Companies (Houston branch) and North Houston Association. He was also affiliated with the Houston branch of TCEL/Geoprofessionals Servicing Texas, where he served on the board of directors and as secretary/treasurer, vice president, and president.

Outside of his professional career, Akhtar gives back to his community by volunteering his time to build a better community and living environment for himself, family, friends, and other Texans. He was a member of the MAS Katy Center Construction Committee in 2018 for the design and construction of a multipurpose hall and currently volunteers as a member of the AlHuda Center Construction Committee. Another volunteer endeavor is seeking time and monetary donations for public betterment initiatives.

Akhtar obtained his master’s degree in civil engineering (geotechnical engineering concentration) from Texas A&M University.