Ayub R. Sandhu, a land surveyor and civil engineering designer for more than 47 years in the Dallas, Texas, area, and a former president of ASCE’s Texas Section Dallas Branch, has died. He was 77.

In 1985, he realized a dream: to start his own firm to help build the local community he called home for so many years. Thus ARS Engineers Inc. was born.

Sandhu, P.E., M.ASCE, former principal and president of ARS Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors, was ultimately responsible for all management, engineering, and surveying functions for the firm (which he passed down to his son Marc last year). His project experience included aviation, highways, roadways both primary and secondary, commercial and residential developments, water and sanitary sewer mains, floodplain analysis, bridge design, and construction management and inspection services.

He was also highly active in ASCE’s Texas Section and Dallas Branch, serving as branch president in 1992.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in math and physics from Gordon College in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sandhu worked as an engineer designing United Christian Hospital in Lahore. Another degree would follow from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1972, after which he worked at RLG Consulting Engineers for 15 years, eventually making associate/partner.

He went on to mentor young professionals, volunteer time and effort for those in need in his community, and become involved in professional organizations throughout Texas, serving as president of several, including the Society of American Military Engineers Dallas Post in 1996.

“Ayub was my friend and colleague for over 30 years,” said Allen Bud Beene, P.E., F.ASCE. “His contribution to the engineering community and the Dallas/Fort Worth community will be missed. He quietly shepherded so many young engineers who are now our leaders. That type of commitment is hard to replace.”

His awards, recognitions, and honors include the Small Business Administration’s Minority Small Business Person of the Year award; ASCE Texas Section's Professional Services Award for Meritorious Service; ASCE Dallas Branch Distinguished Service and Professional Contribution Award as well as the Engineer of the Year award; the ACEC Dallas Leadership Award for outstanding service as secretary; and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Dallas Chapter’s J.S. Hudnall Award for Greatest Numerical Membership Increase.