Tarun K. Basu, P.E., F.ASCE, who has worked in structural mechanics, facilities management, and management consulting for about 40 years, has been elevated to the status of Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Basu has worked in both private and public establishments, and has been with ASCE since 1971. He started as director of facilities at the University of Texas at Dallas’s Engineering School 13 years ago and is now assistant dean–facilities. He establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, and operating procedures. He directs all facility-related functions and activities of the school, including new construction and remodeling, and ensures all operations are in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Prior to UTD, he spent over 25 years in private organizations (consulting companies, nuclear vendor, and utility). At Ammann & Whitney, he developed protective design criteria for the analysis and design of masonry structures to resist blast loading to be used in-house (proprietary), long before ASCE came up with a manual for the same. At Stone & Webster, he, as a group leader, was responsible for analyzing PWR nuclear plant buildings due to seismic and hydraulic loads, considering the then state-of-the-art soil-structure/building-building interactions. He was also responsible in directing GE’s New Loads Adequacy Evaluation program. He was a member of the company-wide task force for the seismic analyses of five nuclear plants shut down by the NRC, and was commended by the company for his work. He was member of the Senior Review Team while with ABB Impell, evaluating the dynamic qualification of equipment at Clinton Power Station, required by the NRC, and directing utility engineers in addressing the team-review comments.
At Westinghouse, Basu was responsible for analyzing reactor pressure vessels and control rod driving mechanisms for a number of PWR plants for seismic and hydraulic loads, and did the same during the development of advanced PWR. He developed methodology to analytically qualify control boards for seismic load instead of tests and was given the WGRIP award. He was responsible in qualifying electrical equipment using independent triaxial shaker table, and provided P.E. certification. He also developed a novel approach to dynamically qualify equipment from past test data, which was judged to be the best project in the group. As a vice president at a testing laboratory, he managed the department by providing technical assistance throughout the testing program, collecting and disseminating test results in the form of reports.
He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Calcutta, India, and obtained a “Civil Engineer” (post-master’s) degree from Columbia University after finishing his doctoral coursework there. He also has a Master of Science in Industrial Administration (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently a registered engineer in Texas. He first got his P.E. license in the State of New York in the mid-70s and subsequently received licenses from Illinois and Louisiana.