Influential Engineer, Bridging U.S.-Mexico Cultural Gap, Named Fellow

June 16, 2017


Isidoro Arjona, P.E., PMP, F.ASCE, vice president and principal in charge of the Rio Grande Valley Region of Raba Kistner Consultants Inc., has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

The region under Arjona’s responsibility extends from Laredo, TX, east along the U.S.-Mexico border to Brownsville, TX. He is also responsible for the operations of Raba Ingenieros, Raba Kistner’s wholly owned Mexican subsidiary. Founded in 1968, Raba Kistner is an industry leader among engineering consulting firms, specializing in addressing the key risk areas of management services that address the complete life cycle of its clients’ capital investments.

Arjona’s professional expertise involves geotechnical, construction materials engineering and testing, and environmental consulting. He has practiced professionally in both the United States and Mexico, particularly along the border. His knowledge of engineering and construction practices across both countries has benefited multiple projects, particularly projects involving U.S. companies with capital investments in Mexico. By bridging the cultural gap between the two nations, he has been able to successfully execute a significant number of projects in Mexico following U.S. standards and protecting the interests of clients, while safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.

His geotechnical project expertise encompasses challenging subsurface conditions, from the expansive clays of South Central Texas, to the supersaturated lacustrine clays of Mexico City, to the karst conditions in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, to the irregular solution cavities in rock in zones within the Metropolitan area of Monterrey, Mexico. Project demands have required the implementation of innovative solutions involving geophysical (electrical resistivity imaging) in conjunction with geotechnical exploration and video recording of boreholes to characterize subsurface conditions and to provide cost-effective project solutions to clients.

Arjona has been an active participant in ASCE in the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Texas Section for two decades, and is the Scholarship Committee Chair of the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He has authored several presentations involving geotechnical and construction materials engineering topics and case studies in South Texas and Mexico. He is a licensed professional engineer in the States of Texas and Minnesota, and also holds professional registration in the Country of Mexico. He is certified as a project management professional, and is registered as an inspecting engineer by the National Ready Mix Concrete Association.

He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and earned his master of civil engineering degree from Auburn University.

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