Raghava Rao Kommalapati, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, F.ASCE, is director of the National Science Foundation CREST Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, and professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering, at Prairie View A&M University.
Kommalapati joined Prairie View A&M University in 1998 as assistant professor and has been working there since in various roles. He served as interim department head for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department from January 2010 until August 2013.
His areas of expertise include air quality modeling, fog-air interactions, remediation of contaminated soils, and design and optimization of wind turbine design. Kommalapati, who has received grant funding in excess of $10 million, has published more than 125 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, and presentations.
Kommalapati received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Nagarjuna University and his master’s degree in engineering structures from Regional Engineering College (now known as the National Institute of Technology). A registered professional engineer in Texas, he obtained his master’s and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Louisiana State University.