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Pradeep K. Behera, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, currently a (full) professor and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Behera joined UDC in 2005. Prior to this appointment, he was a faculty member of the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India, and worked as a water resources engineer in civil engineering industries in Canada and United States. 

His research interests include urban stormwater management, analytical probabilistic modeling, water resources engineering, sustainable urban water systems, and climate change. He has published several research papers in peer-review journals, book chapters, and international and national conference proceedings. 

Behera is a recipient of the Dr. Marjorie Holloman Parker Distinguished Educator’s Award from the University of the District of Columbia. As a department chair, he has provided outstanding leadership in obtaining ABET accreditation for the civil engineering program, curricular revision, research, and laboratory renovations; he also spearheaded the establishment of new graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D.) in civil engineering. He has more than 30 years of academic and professional engineering experience in civil engineering education, planning, design, and analysis of urban water systems.

He is a professional engineer in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia and earned his Diplomat from the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.

Behera received his doctoral degree in civil engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada. He was a recipient of the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan for his doctorate and of the NSERC Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship for his postdoctoral research.