As an award-winning structural engineer, Pankaj Saharia knows that his field is incredibly important in regard to creating safe, sustainable communities. It’s easy to walk by a building or bridge and forget that someone had to imagine it first, and that’s exactly what structural engineers do to ensure that the structures can be used safely. As a specialty within civil engineering, structural engineers are specifically responsible for figuring out the force-resisting elements, meaning that analyses have to be conducted to determine how to design the elements. The types of structures they are responsible for include bridges, dams, skyscrapers, power plants, and electrical towers.
Structural engineers have to take gravity loads into account to ensure that the structure can handle its own weight, which is known as the permanent load, including the floors, walls, and mechanical systems. The temporary load specifically determines the weight of the occupants and objects within the structure, including snow and rain. The lateral loads refer to forces from elements such as explosions, earthquakes, and wind. The elements of the structure have to be designed to resist each type of load.
With over twenty years’ experience in the field, Pankaj Saharia has spearheaded numerous structural design and seismic analysis of residential, commercial and academic buildings. He is well-versed in numerous programs such as RISA and STAAD software, and he has used numerous materials in his structures including concrete, wood, steel, brick, and concrete masonry units. Pankaj Saharia received an award from the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Transatlantic Program Center for his work on an Overhead Coverage System in Iraq.