Ranvir Singh, P.E., F.ASCE, a multidiscipline engineer with the Department of the Interior, has been elected to the status of Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Singh has been an active member of ASCE committees since joining the Society in 1964 and is a Life Member. He was secretary, vice chair, and twice chair of the Watershed Management Technical Committee, and most recently served as secretary and vice chair of the Watershed Council.
Also, as a Member of the Society for Mining Engineers, he served as chair of the publications committee of the Environmental Control and Reclamation Division. In addition, Singh served as an active member of Sedimentation Subcommittee of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Interagency Committee on Water Data.
Singh has worked as design engineer at a number of consulting engineering companies. For a period of about seven years in the mid-to-late 1960s he performed analysis and design of foundations and other substructures for several steel rolling mills, blast furnaces, and chemical plants; prestressed concrete superstructures for multistory parking garages; and airport terminals, high schools classrooms, and laboratories. He also gave his expertise to the structural designs of municipal water treatment plants and packaged wastewater plants for nongovernmental entities.
This was followed by various supervisory and managerial positions in the Bureau of Water Quality Management of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Resources, and, from 1979 till 2007, in the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement of the Department of the Interior, where he developed and supervised implementation of regulations pursuant to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 for protection of the quantity and quality of surface and groundwater resources to maintain hydrologic balance in coal mining fields.
He earned two master’s degrees in civil engineering from the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, the first with a major in structural engineering and the second with a major in environmental engineering (water quality and water resources).