Engineer / Architect Of The


Young Engineer of the Year, Chaitanya Kasturi (Gampa) at ASIE’s Holiday Event

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With the gradual increase in membership, ASIE has seen more and more young engineers and architects actively participating in the organization. To encourage them to be actively involved with ASIE, the Young Engineer/Architect of the Year Award was started in 1998. These Young Engineers’ names are nominated for further recognition during the Houston Engineer’s Week celebrations, organized by Texas Society of Professionals Engineers (TSPE). Our congratulations goes to Vishakha Kaushik, PE for being awarded the ASIE Young Engineer/Architect of the Year 2021. 


Ms. Vishakha Kaushik is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and has been working for AECOM’s Water Group on various water/wastewater treatment, storage and conveyance projects for several municipal and industrial clients for over 4 years. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2016. Ms. Kaushik obtained her undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from Delhi Technological University (formerly known as Delhi College of Engineering) in 2014. Her work includes authoring the City of Houston’s Nitrification Action Plan, water-food-energy nexus, distribution system water quality, sludge process efficiency improvements and modeling water distribution in pipelines. Ms. Kaushik has over 10 publications on topics including membrane processes, water-food-energy nexus, total dissolved solids in groundwater, biogas production from wastewater sludge, total waste management in highly concentrated wastewaters of slaughterhouses and restaurants, methods and kinetic studies on removal of arsenic and selenium from water. She has also presented her work at various State and National conferences including Texas Water and WEFTEC. Apart from serving as a Board of Director, Young Member’s Chair, Membership Chair, Scholarship Committee member and Holiday Event Chair for ASIE over the past 3 years; she is also an active member of technical committees for Water Environment Federation (WEF) and Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT).

Recent recipients of the award:

2021 Vishakha Kaushik, PE

2020 Apoorv Khare

2019 Chaitanya Kasturi, PE, PMP, ENV SP
2018 Sirish Madichetti, PE, CFM 
2017 Poolkeshi Patel EIT
2016 Sai Gowthami Asam 
2015 Naresh Kolli, PE