Chunduri Venkata Chelapati, PhD


Title: Engineering Educator

Company: Irvine Institute of Technology

Location: Newport Coast, California, United States

Chunduri Venkata Chelapati, PhD, President at Irvine Institute of Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering.

Dr. Chelapati became involved in his profession because engineers are highly respected in his home country of India, and there were very few people in that field when he began in 1954. He has since achieved a respected position as president of C.V. Chelapati and Associates for 22 years, and the director of the CADDS Research Center at the California State University from 1986 to 1996. Dr. Chelapati regards his profession as a whole the highlight of his career, and marvels that the world is getting smaller and smaller because of engineers. However, he points out there are many more engineering opportunities in the world, and construction is needed everywhere.

Born in Eluru, India to Lakshminarayana and Anjamma Chunduri, Dr. Chelapati studied with Andhra University to earn a BE with honors in 1954. He worked as a junior engineering in the Indian state of Andhra while obtaining a diploma in civil and hydraulic engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and taught structural engineering with the Birla College of Engineering in Pilani. In 1957 Dr. Chelapati arrived in America, where he joined the department of civil engineering at the University of Illinois as a research assistant. He earned an MS there in 1959, followed by a PhD in 1962. Upon earning a doctorate, Dr. Chelapati moved to California, where he was welcomed by California State University, Long Beach, as an assistant professor of engineering. He became chairman of his department in 1973, and coordinated professional engineering review programs for the university until 1981. Toward the end of his time there, Dr. Chelapati became director of continuing engineering education from 1982 to 1996, and director of the CADDS Research Center as well. He maintained his engineering firm C.V. Chelapati and Associates from 1979 to 2001.

Dr. Chelapati continues to head the Irvine Institute of Technology, and supports the Continuing Professional Education Institute and Professional Engineering Development Publications. He has consulted with the firm of Holmes and Narver Inc., as well as the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Laboratory on multiple occasions. Dr. Chelapati was naturalized in 1971, and has contributed to the American engineering field as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education, the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the Seismological Society of America, the American Concrete Institute, the American Institute of Steel Construction, Sigma Xi, Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Chelapati was selected for inclusion in numerous volumes of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World.

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