Title: Civil Engineer
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
VR Murthy, Civil Engineer at Texas Water Commission, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in water rights and conservation.
Hailing from India, Dr. Murthy earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Osmania University in 1949 and assumed employment as an engineer for the Government of Andhra Pradesh in Hyderabad, India, that same year. He worked in this role until 1962, when he immigrated to the United States. He then earned a Master of Engineering from the University of Florida in 1964, a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967, and has been a registered professional engineer in Texas for decades. He worked as a graduate research assistant for the Universities of Florida, Delaware, and Pennsylvania while earning the degrees and then briefly taught as an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1967 to 1968. Dr. Murthy then relocated to Texas, where he served the Texas Water Rights Commission in Austin. He worked as a hydrologist from 1968 to 1971, head of the hydraulics design section of the organization from 1972 to 1977, head of basin modeling from 1978 to 1990, and chief engineer from 1990 to 1991.
Currently, Dr. Murthy works as a water resources consultant and has done so since 1991. He has contributed to the development of water availability models for all major river basins in Texas, served as engineer advisor to the commissioner of the Pecos River Compact Commission in Austin, Texas, from 1987 to 1991, worked as chairman of the Engineering Advisory Committee from 1987 to 1991, and was a principal expert witness in Interstate Law Suit of Texas v. New Mexico from 1977 to 1990. He won the lawsuit against New Mexico in the U.S. Supreme Court and was awarded $20 million to Texas. Eager to share his knowledge with others, Dr. Murthy wrote “Allocation of Pecos River Basin Water” in 1991, was an editor for the Journal of Pipeline Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers from 1969 to 1974, and was a contributor of articles to professional journals. Dr. Murthy is a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Sigma Xi, and earned a travel grant from the National Science Foundation in 1975, and made a $50,000 donation to the University of Pennsylvania to establish a prize for the best student entering the PhD program for engineering in 2018.
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