Hyderabad: Indian Association of Structural Engineers (IAStructE), elects Prof Pradeep K. Ramancharla from IIIT-Hyderabad as Vice President (South).
IAStructE is a national body of structural engineers that serves overall professional needs of structural engineers in India. Prof Pradeep K. Ramancharla will be engaged in expanding the Association’s reach throughout Southern India, covering Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.
Prof Ramancharla is a proffesor of Civil Engineering who is known for his contributions in developing the quality of technical education and earthquake safety in India. He heads the Earthquake Engineering Research Center at IIIT Hyderabad. Previously, he has held various positions at the institute since 2002 and is responsible for initiating the M.Tech and Ph.D programs in Structural Engineering at the institute. Presenty, he is also the Registrar of IIIT-H.
Prof Ramancharla brings a rare combination in India of an engineer trained in seismic hazard assessment, with a global view of both seismic hazard and seismic resistance capacity of buildings. This brings him in a unique leadership position in India and he was approached by various governments to support them in seismic risk assessment of the built environment.
After he was elected as VP of IAStructE, Prof Ramancharla said, that structural engineering is the backbone of engineering design of buildings, lifeline structures, etc. He would like to focus his energy on bringing stakeholders in academia, government and industry towards safe, affordable and environmentally sustainable built environment