Raghu Dass, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a consulting geotechnical engineer in Houston providing research, analysis, design, testing, construction, and professional services for civil engineering infrastructure, has been elevated to the status of Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Since 1998, Dass has been providing testing and other professional services with expertise in deep foundations and testing for various important infrastructure projects in Texas. Notable among them are expansions of Harris County and the Fort Bend County toll road systems, expansion of Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, oil and gas downstream/refinery projects, sports complexes such as Minute Maid Park, and many others. Besides these, he contributed to a concept study using coastal piles and berms for dry berthing of Battleship Texas, located off of Houston Ship Channel, in 2008. His research-and-development works on deep foundations, friction materials, and geosynthetics have been published in national and international journals and conference proceedings.
Dass began his research work while working in the marine geotechnology group at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, for a concept study using model plate and pile anchors for deep-water platforms in the Indian Ocean, sponsored by the Oil and Gas Commission of India. He continued research in the U.S., developing a load-test database for highway bridge foundations in the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, under the Federal Highway Administration, which was awarded Best Project in 1994.
He lends his support to the ASCE Houston Branch, the Foundation Performance Association, and professional nonprofit societies focused on improving the quality of life through community development initiatives. He helped organize the First Houston Chariot Festival in 2008 for the inauguration of the India House Community Center in Houston.
Dass holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is a LEED accredited professional with the U.S. Green Building Council. Dass lives in Houston with his wife Arunima and children, Dev, Adi, and Ava.