CEE Board Member Vilas Mujumdar Awarded 2019 WFEO Medal of Engineering Excellence
Dr. Vilas Mujumdar, a member of the Northeastern University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Industrial Advisory Board and an independent consulting engineer based in Vienna, VA, was awarded the 2019 World Federation of Engineering Organizations’ Medal of Engineering Excellence. The award will be conferred during the 2019 World Engineers Convention in Melbourne, Australia in November of 2019.
The World Federation of Engineering Organizations’ Medal of Engineering Excellence was first awarded in 1989, and honors an individual for “noteworthy contributions to the practice, theory, or public status of engineering.”
Throughout his distinguished career, Mujumdar has served as CEO, President, and Partner in several large engineering firms. His positions have included Chief of Operations for the Division of the State Architect of the State of California and Director of the Engineering Research Centers Program at the National Science Foundation. He is recognized internationally for his leadership and contributions to integrated transdisciplinary work in reducing natural hazard risks and is involved in addressing sustainability issues facing global society through engineering. Since 2011, Mujumdar has served as the US National Representative to the World Federation of Engineering Organizations. Throughout his career he has worked on noted projects worldwide, including the Fuji-Xerox tower in Singapore, a 1984 award-winning structure for unusual design, and HABITAT ’67 in Montreal, Canada, the first industrialized housing project in North America.
In addition to his service on the department’s Industrial Advisory Board, Mujumdar supports the department’s efforts to advance interdisciplinary research and education on critical infrastructure resilience through philanthropy. He recently co-sponsored a conference by Assistant Professor Ryan Wang on the Building Blocks for Smarter Cities.