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About me

I am a civil engineer specialized in the field of environmental and water engineering. I did my Bachelors from Punjab Engineering College India and Masters in water resources from Virginia Tech. I have about 6 years of relevant experience and am currently working as a Water Wastewater Consultant for EMA Inc for their Management Practice Division Group. Before joining EMA, I worked for Arcadis as a Water Resource Engineer for their design & delivery team. Also, before attending Virginia Tech, I worked with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd as a Project Manager for two years in their project management division.

I have passion for world water and sanitation challenges and desires to bring sustainable solutions to these concerns. In past four years, I have authored several articles and gave presentations at more than 7 conferences. My technical skills mainly lie in hydraulic and statistical modelling, sewer capital improvement projects, floodplain analysis, stream restoration, and storm-water management. I am also interested in exploring the physics and as well as philosophy behind the river and open channel flows and how one can bring them back to their natural state of equilibrium to mitigate their impacts of flood and other environmental hazards.

Publications/ Articles

  1. “Water pipes, infrastructure could buckle under climate change” Greenbiz Reports, 2016
  2. “Classifying streams on the basis of elevation above mean level-A statistical approach” ASCE-World water conference, 2014.
  3. “simulation-based approach for stream restoration structure design: Rock vanes” ASCE’s Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 2015.
  4. “Impact of dam removal on sediment transport in Rivers” ASCE-EWRI Currents 2015
  5. “Water-Allies: A collaborative approach to solve water & sanitation challenges in India” ASCE-EWRI Currents 2015
  6. “Design Methods for In-Stream Flow Control Structures”. National Cooperative Highway Research Program Reports, 2014
  7. ” Analysis of Scouring in River Bends”, Stream Ecology & Restoration Conference, Raleigh, NC, 2014
  8. ” Hydraulic geometry of sandy and gravel streams”, ASCE- PORTS 2013 
  9. “Establishment of Universal regression models for prediction of stream morphology based on relief, climate and watershed variables”, Geological Society of America, North-Central Conference, 2013
  10. “Elevation Based Classification of Streams and Establishment of Regime Equations for Predicting Bankfull Channel Geometry”, Master’s thesis, Virginia Tech, 2013
  11. “Classic energy problem in open-channel flow”, Wikipedia, 2011

Awards/ Achievements

  1. Winner of DiscoverE New Faces of Engineering, 2016
  2. ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering Honoree, 2016  
  3. ASCE Emerging Leader Representative for Annual Interdisciplinary Leadership Conference, 2016
  4. Member of Chi Epsilon – National Civil Engineering Honour society, 2012
  5. Member of Phi Kappa Phi- National Honour Society, 2012
  6. Annual Student Paper Award, Chesapeake Water Environment Association, 2013
  7. Graduate Technical Best Paper Award, ASCE World Water Conference, Portland, 2014
  8. Finalist at Graduate Research Award, ASCE Ports Conference, Seattle, 2013
  9. Winner of Student Design Water Challenge, WaterJam , AWWA conference, 2012
  10. Travel fellowship for attending Dredging conference 2012 at San Diego, CA
  11. Travel grant award by Geological Society of America for attending North-Central annual conference, 2013
  12. Young Professional Photography Competition, ASCE World Water Congress, Austin TX, 2015
  13. Undergraduate Excellence Award, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India, 2008 & 2009
  14. Outstanding Capstone Project Award on “Designing of Earthen Dam & Open Channels”, PEC, Chandigarh, 2009


Seattle Public Utility CMOM Implementation

Project Leader & strategy developer for condition assessment, cleaning & Renewal of Seattle’s 1400 miles sewer system

Floodplain Studies & Hydrologic Modeling - North Carolina

Hydrologic Modelling for Alamance Creek / Greensboro, NC.  As a lead designer, developed no rise model for the existing and proposed conditions using the tools of HEC-RAS, and Geo-RAS.

Storm water assessment- Chesterfield County, VA

Condition & risk assessment of more than 5,000 storm water assets and utilities of Chesterfield County, including curb inlets, drop inlets, ditches, concrete and PVC pipes, culverts, storm water ponds, riser, manhole.

Water Distribution system modelling- Dinwiddie County, VA

Lead designer and engineer for water distribution modelling using WaterGems.The project included running extended period simulations, calibration of model based on field data, allocation of junction demands, analysis of tank and pump data.

Sewer Rehabilitation Capital Improvement Project- WSSC

Project Lead for one of the largest sewer and manhole rehabilitation WSSC project for North America. Responsible for preparation of contractual task order documents, cost estimation,  and coordinating with Clients, Cad Drafters, Engineers & Project assistants.

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services - Work Management System

Performing research, data analysis, documentation for developing work order management system for Wastewater Treatment Facility of St Paul, MN

Professional Societies/ Activities

  1. President Elect of ASCE Virginia Section: 2016- Present
  2. Co-Chair of Engineers without Borders, Central Virginia, Richmond Chapter: 2015- Present
  3. Chair of ASCE Environmental & Water Resources Committee: 2014-2015
  4. Planning Monitoring & Design Lead for Josephine Fog School Water Supply Project, Kafue, Zamiba: 2014-2016
  5. Founder of Water & Sanitation Initiative “Water-Allies” : 2014- Present
  6. Professional Mentor Responsible Engineer in Charge for Engineers Without Borders, Virginia Commonwealth University Student Chapter Drainage Design Project: 2014- 2017
  7. Professional Member of Water For People, Virginia Section: 2014-2015
  8. Board of Directors for ASCE Environmental committee, Virginia Tech : 2011-2013
  9. Graduate Student member of American Water Works Association, Virginia section : 2011-2013
  10. Graduate Student member of Geological Society of America : 2012-2014

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