Three ASCE members are among the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2013 selected by the editors of Engineering News-Record. ENR chose the 25 individual engineers “for their innovations and achievements, for giving back to the industry and the public, and for going beyond their day-to-day jobs.” One of the newsmakers will receive ENR’s highest accord, the Award of Excellence, at a gala ceremony in New York in April. The ASCE members honored by ENR are as follows:
Krishniah N.Murthy, P.E., F.ASCE, is executive director of Transit Project Delivery for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA), where his main responsibility is directing its construction division. Murthy is also responsible for all the environmental compliance in design and construction as well as the agency’s robust sustainability program. Under his direction, the LACMTA has recently completed the construction of major rail extensions, including the Bus Rapid Transit and Express Lanes projects, and is currently constructing a 10-mile I-405 carpool lane. In addition, LACMTA is now in different stages of contracts procurement, such as the design/build for Measure ‘R’ rail extensions of Subway to Westwood, Regional Connector, and the Crenshaw Line. All of these megaprojects have significant underground facilities in the form of tunnels and underground stations. Murthy, who recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asian American Architects and Engineers Association, has published over 20 technical papers. Prior to joining LACMTA, he was a senior vice president in the Los Angeles, California, office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. Over the years, he has also managed large transit projects for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, in Atlanta, Georgia. Murthy served as principal-in-charge for many major transit projects, such as Valley Metro rail in Phoenix, Arizona; Mission Valley East Extension in San Diego, California; Trinity Commuter rail in Fort Worth, Texas; the New Orleans Canal Street Trolley Extension in New Orleans, Louisiana; the New Delhi Metro in India; and many other major design/build transit and highway projects.
Bala Sivakumar, P.E., M.ASCE, vice president and director of Special Bridge Projects for the HNTB Corporation, is a national expert in Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). Sivakumar, who graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and from Cornell University with a master’s degree in structural engineering, was the lead designer for the I-84 bridges over Dingle Ridge Road in Brewster, New York. He was also the lead designer for the rapid replacement project over Keg Creek Bridge in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the co-principal investigator and project manager on the SHRP2 R04 Project. As part of that project, Sivakumar co-authored the Transportation Research Board’s Strategic Highway Research Program SHRP II R04, entitled Innovative Bridge Designs for Rapid Renewal, which includes national ABC standards, guidelines for design drawings and erection systems, LRFD design, and construction specifications. Associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Bridge Engineering from 2001 to 2006, Sivakumar was the primary developer and author of the SHRP2 ABC Toolkit, published recently to nationally promote ABC implementation and currently being expanded to include lateral slide concepts. In addition to authoring several ABC reports and technical papers for SHRP II, he assisted the Vermont Department of Transportation in the rapid replacement of damaged bridges using ABC techniques following Hurricane Irene. Architect of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Load and Resistance Factor Rating (LRFR) philosophy for bridge evaluation, Sivakumar was the author of the 2003 AASHTO LRFR Manual and the 2008 AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation (MBE). For several years, he taught LRFD bridge design and LRFR bridge-load-rating courses for ASCE Continuing Education courses. Since 2007, Sivakumar has served as technical consultant to AASHTO Committee T18 on Bridge Management, Evaluation & Rehabilitation, to assist with the AASHTO MBE maintenance.
William “Bill” A. Wallace, ENV SP, M.ASCE, is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability, having served on several national and international professional society committees, while operating a successful consulting practice in sustainable engineering. Wallace is recognized as the lead designer for the Envision infrastructure-rating system, a collaboration between the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, as well as author of the book Becoming Part of the Solution: The Engineer’s Guide to Sustainable Development. Conference chair of ASCE’s upcoming International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (November 6-8) and a member of ASCE’s Committee on Sustainability, Wallace’s work has been nominated by ASCE for the U.S. National Medal for Technology and Innovation. A graduate of Clarkson University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a master’s degree in management, he has completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Author of over 60 technical papers and presentations, Wallace has appeared before the U.S. Congress, providing expert testimony covering subjects such as hazardous waste management, environmental technology, engineering standards, and sustainable development. Also a frequent lecturer on sustainable engineering at leading universities and professional associations, he has been an invited speaker at the University of Florida (Ohanian Lecture Series), Carnegie-Mellon University (Distinguished Lecturer Series), and Clarkson University. Wallace is currently a member of the Board of GeoEngineers, Inc., and of the board of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals; he has also served as the president and member of the governing board of Engineers Without Borders–USA, and is a member of the board of Engineers Without Borders–International. Among Wallace’s many distinguished honors and awards are the Recognition Award from the Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists, the Colorado Law Enforcement Association Meritorious Citizenship Award, the Hazardous Waste Action Coalition Service Award, the Bronze Medal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the George A. Hogaboom Best Paper Award from the American Electroplaters’ Society.