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Puppala named American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow

Monday, April 1, 2013

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Anand Puppala, associate dean of research in the College of Engineering, has been elected as an American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow by the ASCE board.

Puppala also is a distinguished teaching professor in the Civil Engineering Department.

Anand Puppala

Anand Puppala

Fellow status must be attained by professional accomplishments via application and then election by the Membership Application Review Committee. Fewer than 5 percent of ASCE members hold the distinction.

“I’m honored to have received such an award,” Puppala said. “It’s always a little more prestigious when the honor comes from those in your industry.”

Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the UT Arlington College of Engineering, said Puppala leads by example.

“His research hasn’t let up since he’s become associate dean,” Bardet said. “Dr. Puppala’s research in soil stabilization is especially interesting and has the chance to affect so many different areas of our lives, including roads, dams, housing and a host of other sectors.”

Puppala received UT System Regents Teaching Award in 2010, the first College of Engineering faculty member to receive this award. Puppala also was inducted to UT Arlington’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2009.

Puppala has published more than 260 publications including seven book chapters, 82 journal papers and several refereed conference proceedings.

Puppala is a current editorial member for several journals including the American Society of Testing Materials’ Geotechnical Testing Journal, American Society of Civil Engineers’ Journals of Materials, and Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. He also is a chief editor of Thomas Telford’s Ground Improvement Journal, which is published in the United Kingdom.

He also has edited several books including ASCE’s Geotechnical Special Publication on Site Characterization.

Puppala also recently was appointed to the Transportation Research Board’s Design and Construction Group, which sets the agenda on future topics concerning design and construction practices in transportation-related research.

Puppala’s major area of study is in soils. He has secured about $3 million in various research grants during the last couple of years from the National Academy of Science’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Tarrant Regional Water District, among others.

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