Ashok Pandit, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Florida Institute of Technology’s civil engineering department head, has been elected to the status of Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Pandit has been a teacher for nearly 40 years, instructing courses in statics, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology, urban hydrology and stormwater management, groundwater hydrology and transport, and numerical groundwater modeling.
Within ASCE, Pandit served on the Committee on Groundwater Quality of the Environmental Engineering Division, as a member (since 1994), vice-chair (2004-2006), and chair (2006-2008). He also served on the ASCE Groundwater Council (2008-2009) and is a past member of the ASCE Task Committee for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management. He is currently a member of the ASCE Watershed Management Technical Committee, Water Resources Division, and Vice-Chair of the ASCE Total Maximum Daily Load Task Committee.
Pandit has consulted on more than 30 projects related to streambed field monitoring, modeling of stormwater quality and quantity, evaluation of structural and nonstructural stormwater best management practices, assessment of sediment loadings, and evaluation and design of stormwater drainage systems. He has also prepared several Contaminant Assessment Reports.
As department head, Pandit formed FIT’s Construction Industry Advisory Board, with more than 30 construction companies/organizations as members, and the Civil Engineering Advisory Committee with more than 20 consulting companies/organizations, to involve the civil engineering and construction industries in enhancing the education provided at FIT. He has been principally responsible for raising five endowments that provide scholarships and financial support to both graduate and undergraduate students in civil engineering. He also has led successful accreditation efforts.
Pandit has numerous technical publications to his credit – journal articles, proceeding papers, technical reports, and book chapters. As a groundwater and surface-water modeler, he has developed two finite-element groundwater models and two non-point-source models, both of which have been used in several research and consulting projects. He is actively involved in research and currently has more than $850,000 of sponsored research funding.
He recently authored a book, Water Engineering with the Spreadsheet: A Workbook for Water Resources Calculations Using Excel, published by ASCE in 2015.