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UCA of SME Young Member Executive Committee

Luis Avila, PE

Luis Avila is a Geotechnical/Tunnel Engineer II with academic preparation and professional interests in site investigation, ground improvement, groundwater seepage, tunneling, excavations, rock mechanics, unsaturated soil mechanics, and slope stability. He is currently involved in geotechnical, transportation, and tunneling projects.

UCA of SME Young Member Executive Committee

Ritika Kundu, Ph.D., P.E.

Ritika Kundu is a Geotechnical/Tunnel Engineer focusing on underground construction and bridges. She earned her Ph.D. in Civil-Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has 5+ year of experience in geotechnical research, especially in permeation grouting. Her specialties are in ground improvement, grouting, deep foundations, and geotechnical structure design. She has experience with tunnel rehabilitation projects. Ritika has written numerous technical papers and has presented at several technical conferences. She was recognized as a most meritorious student of her batch in graduate school. She is currently a member of UCAYM Executive Committee and Women in Tunneling (WIT).

UCA of SME Young Member Executive Committee

Jes Barron, PE,

Jes Barron is a U.S. Army Engineer Officer and Instructor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from West Point, a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Science in Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. He has served in the military for ten years with assignments ranging from expedient combat engineering to renovations of permanent facilities with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Jes’ primary areas of professional interest are in engineering education and underground construction, and he is excited to bring both of these passions to the young professionals in the underground industry.

UCA of SME Young Member Executive Committee

Aswathy (Ash) Sivaram, PE,

Aswathy (Ash) Sivaram is a licensed Professional Engineer at Black & Veatch with over 7 years of experience in heavy civil industry. She has been involved in various tunnel projects including but not limited to the Three Rivers Protection and Overflow Tunnel (3RPORT) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dig-Indy tunnel project in Indianapolis, Market Street and West Ashley tunnel projects in Charleston, ORT (Ohio River Tunnel) in Louisville, and most recently the Central Water Integration Pipeline (CWIP) project in San Antonio, Texas. Ash holds a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology in India, and a Masters in Geotechnical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.