Dr. Prabodh V. Banavalkar a well known structural engineer in the USA, has to his credit many of the famous tall buildings in that country. He followed up his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay (1962) with an M.S. from the University of Illinois (1966) and a Ph.D. from Cornell University (1970).
He began his career as a Structural Engineer with M.N. Dastur and Company, Bombay (1962 – ’63), Mahendra Raj (1963 – ’65), Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago (1966 – ’68). Mr. Banavalkar was Senior Project Engineer with Ellison Engineers Inc. (70 – 75). Later with CBM Engineer Inc. he held the posts of Chief Structural Engineer, Director of Analysis and Executive Vice President (1975 – 2000). After two years with Carter and Burgess Inc as Vice President, he has been President since 2002 with Ingenium Inc, Houstan.
Banavalkar has extensive experience in design, analysis, and construction supervision of complex steel and concrete multistory building frames and structural components, with particular interest in theory and automated analysis. His projects include hotels, parking garages, and more than 60 office towers, ranging in size from 80 stories to 3 stories.
As one of the leading experts in his field, Banavalkar has authored more than 40 publications on subjects such as steel structures, seismic stress, and concrete. He has a thorough knowledge of the complexities of structures in many different environments. Banavalkar’s designs have served as downtown landmarks for skylines across the United States, while withstanding the tests of time and nature. He is the recipient of several awards and honours including 1987 Professional Award, Indian Community in Houston, 1987, Outstanding Project Award, California Geotechnical Association, 1990, Those Who Made Marks in 1986 and 1989, Engineering News Record, in 1987 and 1990.