Kancheepuram “Guna” N. Gunalan has been elected ASCE’s 2019 President-Elect by a majority of voting Society members, following a month-long election that closed June 1.
“I’m humbled and honored by the opportunity I’ve been offered to serve the Society and the profession,” Gunalan said Tuesday, having learned of his election.
Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE., F.ASCE, is vice president of alternative delivery at AECOM, based in Salt Lake City, UT. Previously, he was a vice president for Parsons Brinckerhoff.
His active membership in ASCE over many years includes leadership roles as Region 8 director (2009-12), Region 8 governor (2005-07), Utah Section president (2002-03), and Texas Section High Plains Branch president (1992). Most recently, he served as a governor for the Geo Institute and was a member of the steering committee for the 2017 ASCE India Conference.
He will be inducted as president-elect at the Annual Business Meeting this fall at the ASCE 2018 Convention in Denver.
Gunalan credits his family – wife, Duru, son, Kabilar, and daughter, Pallavi – with support.
“It’s been a long journey, and I’m grateful for my family,” Gunalan said. “My son and my daughter helped me a lot with the campaign. My wife has been my pillar of support – and she is my unofficial photographer.
“So many friends, so many well-wishers have called today. I can’t say enough about my ASCE family and friends. Like I always tell people, ‘One does not go places without the support of family, friends, and well-wishers.’”
Gunalan now will take that support from his family and turn it around so that he can support ASCE in his new leadership role.
“I’m proud to be a civil engineer, and I’m passionate about the profession,” Gunalan said. “My message now is: ‘What can I do to help?’”