Congratulations to the newly elected Texas SEI Chapter Officers
Chair – Ardalan Mosavi PhD, PE
Senior Structural Engineer, Arup
Ardalan Mosavi is a Senior Engineer at Arup with 12 years of project experience in Transportation, Energy, Industrial infrastructures, and Building Industries. Dr. Mosavi received his Ph.D. in structural engineering and a minor in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University in 2010, and is a registered Professional Engineer in states of California and Texas.
Ardalan has served in project engineer, project manager, lead engineer, and Principal Investigator (PI) roles through his career to develop conceptual design, detail design, repair and retrofit design, seismic evaluation and integrity management for a wide range of structures in different industries worth more than 150$ M in engineering cost. Quality Assurance manager for US181 National Harbor Cable-Stayed Bridge in Corpus Christi, Developing SHM solutions for New-Carquinez suspension bridge in California, detail engineering design of DFW North Airline Steel Arch Bridge, Preparing structural design guideline for Texas High-Speed Rail Project, rail-structure interaction study of I-90 Homer Hadley floating bridge in Seattle, WA, seismic analyses of a subway tunnel in San Francisco, CA and detailed engineering design of the shaft of a concrete-gravity based platform for West White Rose Extension Project (WWREP) are among those. He received a patent for a “Mooring Condition Monitoring System” from the Norwegian Patent Office in 2014. He is also a sitting member of TRB AKB40 and AHD30 committees sponsored by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Ardalan has also served ASCE SEI Houston branch in different capacities since 2017. ASCE SEI Houston branch received an award for the SEI branch of the year in 2020 when Ardalan was serving as the branch president.
Vice Chair – Marcelo DaSilva PhD, PE
Senior Structural Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
Marcelo DaSilva PhD, PE is a Senior Structural Engineer for Burns & McDonnell, a top 10 ENR Design Firm and one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. He started his career in the oil and gas industry then had a short tenure in the façade design (glazing/building) industry, and he is now fully engaged in the transportation industry as a bridge engineer. With nearly a decade of strong technical experience and background, Dr. DaSilva has become a national resource to Burns & McDonnell for delivering complex analyses and innovative solutions to clients across the nation.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and a Master and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil. He has been a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas since 2015.
Since joining ASCE in 2013, he has been mentoring UT students and participating in the ASCE K-12 outreach program. Dr. DaSilva is also a reviewer for the ASCE Structural and Bridge Engineering Journals. Most recently, he has been looking for opportunities to increase his leadership skills while contributing to his community and peers. Some of his previous volunteer work includes showing UNL’s structure laboratory to K-12 students, building bicycles with CYCLE Houston, and helping cyclists during MS 150.
In his free time, Dr. DaSilva enjoys cycling, pump workouts, playing soccer, watching sports, enjoying a sunny beach, and spending time with his future wife and son.
Secretary – Huajie “Leo” Liu PhD, PE, SE, LEED AP
Engineering Manager, Lower Colorado River Authority
Leo Liu PhD, PE, SE, LEED AP is a professional engineer licensed in Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering in multiple states with over twenty years’ experience in supervisory, business development, complex project management, and technical design positions. Leo’s career has included broad based responsibilities in civil and structural engineering with experience in wide variety of civil and structural projects including building (including light to heavy industrial, residential, commercial, healthcare, higher-education, and retail), bridges (timber, concrete, and steel highway bridges and pedestrian bridges), flood protection and flood control structures and gates, pump stations, water treatment plants, water storage tanks, retaining walls, temporary and permanent sheet piling walls, offshore platforms, and stream bank restoration and protections. Leo has comprehensive knowledge of industrial codes and standards for most comment construction materials such as concrete, masonry, carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and timber published by AASHTO, ACI, AISC, AISI, API, ASCE, AWC, AWS, IBC, and NFPA.
Leo actively contributes to many engineering profession societies including ACI, ASCE/SEI. He has served as technical committee member, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President-Elect of the ACI Louisiana Chapter. He has also served in the planning committee of the Annual Louisiana Civil Engineering Conference & Show (a joint effort between ACI Louisiana Chapter and ASCE New Orleans Section). Leo also tirelessly advocates for the civil engineering profession to the general public through presentations and education events to K-12 and college students and has mentored more than 20 young engineers.
Treasurer – Sumanth Cheruku PE
Project Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti Inc.
Sumanth Cheruku PE is a Project Engineer with Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. in their Austin, TX office. He is a consulting structural engineer providing services in forensics, litigation support, risk assessment and retrofit with technical expertise in non-destructive testing of concrete, FEA modeling and simulations, probabilistic analysis and wind engineering. He is also a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin researching computational fluid-structure interaction to study wind effects on flexible structures. He uses high-performance computing techniques to perform coupled fluid-solid simulations.
Sumanth has an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin specializing in structural engineering and concrete materials. As part of his thesis, he studied tire-pavement interaction and diamond grinding and grooving to remediate surface friction on polished surfaces and subsequently studied the effect on the risk of hydroplaning on road and bridge surfaces for TxDOT. He has a bachelors in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology Warangal in India. He researched and published on self-consolidating concrete made with recycled coarse aggregates.
Sumanth has been serving as a treasurer for the Austin chapter of the SEI since 2016. He is also the Secretary for Chapter 29 subcommittee of ASCE/SEI 7 standard and serves as the chair for the ASCE’s Wind Engineering Division subcommittee on Aerodynamic Phenomena affecting Civil Engineering Structures. He is also an active member of the ASCE’s Forensic Engineering Division, American Concrete Institute and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.