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Kancheepuram Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, D.GE.

Distinguished Engineer



Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 1986

Master of Engineering (Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering), India, 1981

B.S. Civil Engineering, India, 1979.


At time of Nomination in 2019

Kancheepuram Gunalan, Ph.D. has 30 years of experience in civil and
construction industry. He has served in a number of capacities including
management of small, medium and large multi-national consulting firms. He is
a senior manager with the experience and skill sets to manage large complex
infrastructure projects. He has provided technical advice on civil, structural,
geotechnical, pavement and materials issues on a variety of projects around the
country and overseas. His collaborative approach for result-oriented outcomes
supported by his demeanor and strong communication capabilities have
contributed to a number of successful programs/projects ranging in size from a
few thousand dollars to over three billion dollars.

Gunalan has the vision, skills and ability to develop business lines. He has the
leadership skills to lead multidisciplinary teams to support and address clients'
needs. He also mentors professionals at various stages of their career.

Gunalan is currently coordinating AECOM's Alternative Delivery Center
of Excellence throughout North America bringing lessons learned and
best practices to pursuits and projects. Previously, he worked for Parsons
Brinckerhoff as Vice President of Design Build and Geotechnical and Tunneling
and was a Major Program/Project Manager from 1996 to 2012. Gunalan also
worked for Maxim Technologies as an Area Manager/Engineer Manager from
1993 to 1996. At Terra Engineers he was a Vice President/General Manager
and a Project Manager from 1985 to 1993.

Gunalan earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in India in 1979.
From there he continued on to earn his Master of Science in Soil Mechanics and
Foundation Engineering in 1981. Gunalan earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering
at Texas Tech in 1986.