Avinash Prasad, P.E., R.L.S., F.ASCE, an engineer and land surveyor with more than 25 years of professional experience in civil engineering and management, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Prasad is currently a Ph.D. candidate at New York University. His ongoing doctorate major is in bridge asset management. The main topic of research is development and evaluation of a risk assessment degradation model for bridge asset management. The model will use field inspection data and observed changes of structural conditions for the condition rating of the bridge. Research will identify bridge degradation indicators that are measured over time for assessment of the current bridge condition rating and its time-dependent development.
Development of a data-driven degradation model (deterministic and/or stochastic) of bridges is proposed based on historical data (flags, condition rating) of bridges for selected clusters of bridges, as identified by their attributes, main components, design, and operational and degradation parameters. Stochastic data analysis will be used with the time series of the degradation data (indicators) for forecasting the future development of the degradation indicators. The statistical and stochastic data analysis of the time series of the degradation indicators will be used in predictive analytics to assess maintenance delay impact for prioritization of bridge asset management.
Prasad is active with ASCE and with several other professional organizations, among them AREMA, PMI, AISC, NYSAPLS, IPWE, IRT, and IIBE. His research papers have been accepted and published by several technical magazines, including Railway Age and Railway Track & Structures. He has published and presented multiple technical papers in the fields of civil engineering and surveying & management, including many for AREMA, ASCE, and for NYSAPLS conference proceedings. He has worked as a paper reviewer and moderator for numerous ASCE and other technical associations’ conferences held in the U.S. and abroad.
He has more than 1,000 hours of continuous professional education as instructor/participating professional (1990-2019), excluding formal education. As well, he is a New Jersey state–certified emergency medical technician, emergency medical responder, fire fighter, and certified CPR, AED administer.
His doctorate degree minors are structural engineering and technology management. He has double master of science degrees, in civil engineering and engineering management, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.