Mohana Rao Killada, P.E., F.ASCE, associate director of operations for the transit and geotechnical arm of AECOM in India, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Killada has 17 years of civil engineering experience. He has worked on and delivered a variety of projects in the United States and India, including metro systems, roadways, aviation, and civil projects. He is responsible for more than 25 major and 40 minor projects in both countries, and is the project manager of multibillion-dollar heavy civil infrastructure projects involving the Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, and Chennai metros, as well as being responsible for their financial management.
He was project manager of the winning team of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge competition, participated in by over 2,600 teams worldwide and widely covered in the U.S., European, and Indian media. Also of note, he led the process of preparing Method Manual of Standards and Specifications for Elevated Mass Rapid Transit System for Government of Andhra Pradesh, which is followed by all upcoming metros in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Killada has been a member of ASCE since 2004, involving himself with various activities like workshops and conferences. For the steel bridge competition he helped organize the University of New Mexico students’ team that won the prize at Colorado State University. He is a member of multiple organizations, such as ITE, IGS, NSPE, NMSPE, and the Florida Engineering Society. He is an appointed member of AECOM’s Innovation Steering Group Charter for Civil Infrastructure for EMIA (Europe, Middle East, India, Africa), where he encouraged and promoted innovative ideas from employees and helped guide them to practical solutions.
He is a registered reviewer of manuscripts for Scientific and Academic Publishing (USA) and ASCE journals. Killada is himself an award-winning author, being given the Best Technical Paper award by ASCE in 2004. The paper was published in Proceedings of the 3rd International Engineering and Construction Conference, and presented at California State University, Fullerton.
He has mentored several civil engineers and engineering students and trained 17 project managers. He has organized and participated in multiple charitable and community cleanup events and is also an appointed employee engagement representative, organizing many events.
Killada has a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico (2003) and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Andhra University, Vizag, India (2000). He is a licensed professional engineer.