Manideep Tummalapudi, an alumnus of GITAM University, has been acknowledged by two prestigious U.S.-based professional organizations as a researcher with a promising future in the construction industry.
Tummalapudi, a 2012 civil engineering graduate from GITAM is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in construction management at Colorado State University in the United States. He has recently received the prestigious American Society of Civil Engineers, Construction Institute’s “Outstanding Student and Young Professional Award” for his research contribution and work to advance the civil engineering profession.
He has also received the Construction Management Association of America’s National Scholarship Award as a recognition of his exemplary research in the field of construction.
Hailing from Visakhapatnam, Tummalapudi did his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from GITAM University in 2012. While he was pursuing a bachelor’s degree, he showed extreme interest in research which led to an international publication, and an award from IIT Bhubaneshwar. This helped him obtain a job in L&T Construction during the campus placements at GITAM. After working there for few years, Mr. Tummalapudi pursued M.S. and eventually started working on his Ph.D. in Construction Management. Manideep’s Masters and Ph.D. are entirely funded by the respective universities.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Manideep Tummalapudi, said “I was thrilled to hear the news about my awards. This is a proud achievement for someone hailing from Vizag to receive awards in the US. I attribute this to my parents for supporting, GITAM University for laying my research foundation, and my current university as well as advisors for providing me the resources to succeed.
“I currently work on various path-breaking research here in U.S. which includes using UAVs (drones) for land surveying, using data science (artificial intelligence and machine learning) for predicting cost overrun and construction schedule delays, construction cash flow forecast models, strategies for the construction industry to weather through the economic recession to minimize job losses, and construction inspection workforce research programs funded by the National Academies of Science, U.S.A. If possible, I wish to collaborate from my university with the department of Civil Engg, GITAM in future” mentioned Tummalapudi on responding on his achievements.
Further Tummalapudi said, “The civil engineering profession is quickly transforming. As per research reports, India needs 4 million civil engineers every year until 2030 to meet the real estate growth we’re currently going through. India announced USD 1.3 trillion investment in infrastructure from 2021 to 2025, indicating huge demand for civil engineers in the coming years.
The demand for civil engineers at the global level is even huge. The U.S. has recently announced USD 2.25 trillion infrastructure investment while it is experiencing a historic construction workforce shortage. This is an indication that there is a tremendous opportunity for young and new construction professionals to shine bright in multiple spheres of the construction industry”