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Leadership team - Prashanthi M. Prasad

Prashanthi M. Prasad

Chief Executive Officer

As Kenall’s CEO, Ms. Prasad provides the leadership and vision that frames Kenall’s culture of excellent project delivery, and its organization-wide commitment to applying technical and business expertise in solving diverse client challenges. Her more than 10 years of professional experience in engineering, planning, project management, and administrative functions allows her to guide Kenall’s staff and clients in selecting and implementing innovative, value-driven approaches to meet today’s business needs, and prepare for future challenges.

Prashanthi M. Prasad

Chief Executive Officer
Leadership team - Prashanthi M. Prasad
Kris D. Prasad

Kris D. Prasad, PE

President

Kris D. Prasad, PE

President
Kris D. Prasad

Mr. Prasad is Kenall’s founder, and Lead Civil and Geotechnical Engineer, responsible for ensuring the technical excellence, and delivery of Kenall’s diverse project portfolio across all engineering, construction, and testing and inspection services. With a 23-year professional engineering background that encompasses vertical and horizontal infrastructure, from dams, bridges and levees, to facilities, utilities, transportation, and residential and commercial buildings, he provides subject matter expertise and guidance on challenging projects for federal, state, and local government clients, as well as industrial and commercial entities. Under his direction, Kenall has grown from a geotechnical and testing firm to a full-service Architect and Engineer (A-E) Services firm, with 3 fully operational offices in Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA. Mr. Prasad’s strong commitment towards the growth of the firm has resulted in achieving "Mentor Protégé Achievement Award" from the City of Houston in 2017. Mr. Prasad has been associated with several professional organizations including ASCE, SAME, TCEL etc. and is actively involved in ‘Rebuild Houston’, one of the recent initiatives taken by the City of Houston.

Prakash Raja

Prakash Raja, PMP, CHMM

Senior Vice President

As Senior Vice President and Program Manager, Mr. Raja focuses on partnering with Kenall’s US Federal Government clients. With more than 27 years of experience in Program/ Project Management, and Client Service, he is experienced in anticipating requirements and delivering solutions that meet the needs of the US Air Force, US Army Corps of Engineers, and other Federal Agencies. He understands the unique contract requirements of DoD components, including Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation compliance and Defense Contract Audit Agency cost accounting practices. He brings experience in managing tens of millions of dollars of multi-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts to the Kenall team. He possesses vast knowledge in construction management process, environmental compliance, assessment and remediation techniques, contract management, and health and safety standards. He is an active member of SAME and various other professional organizations.

Prakash Raja, PMP, CHMM

Senior Vice President
Prakash Raja
Rao Ratnala

Rao Ratnala, PE

Principal Engineer / Structural

Rao Ratnala, PE

Principal Engineer / Structural
Rao Ratnala

Mr. Ratnala is a Principal Engineer and Kenall’s Lead Structural Engineer. As one of the co-founders of Ratnala & Bahl (division of Kenall), his expertise in civil and structural engineering design in water and wastewater, and infrastructure sectors broadens the range of project solutions that Kenall brings to clients. With over 50 years of experience serving industrial, commercial and government clients including TxDOT, the City of Houston, METRO, Harris Country Toll Road Authority, and the Coastal Water Authority, his local knowledge is invaluable in addressing client needs.Mr. Ratnala has been associated with several professional organizations including GHP, ACEC, ASCE, TSPE, and has served as Board of Directors for organizations like American Red Cross, University of Texas Health Science Center Development Board etc. Mr. Ratnala has won many accolades including Outstanding Business Man of The Year in 1997, and Asian-American Entrepreneurs of the Year in 1997, by the Asian-American Chamber of Commerce.

Vishwa Bahl

Vishwa Bahl, PE, RPLS

Principal Engineer / Design

Mr. Bahl, is a Principal Engineer and Kenall’s Lead Design Engineer. As one of the co-founders of Ratnala & Bahl (a new division of Kenall), he brings more than 40 years of diverse engineering experience to the firm, with specific expertise in all phases of wastewater treatment, pumping facilities and wastewater collection system projects, from planning through design, construction, and closeout. He has deep knowledge of the City of Houston and its water and wastewater infrastructure challenges. As a manager for the City of Houston, he directed and managed the five-year Greater Houston Wastewater Program (GHWP) totaling $900 million, and was heavily involved in the building and rebuilding of infrastructure for the City of Houston, City of Ft. Worth and Harris County.

 

Vishwa Bahl

Vishwa Bahl, PE, RPLS

Principal Engineer / Design
W. Fred Kappel

W. Fred Kappel, PE

Principal Engineer / Civil

W. Fred Kappel, PE

Principal Engineer / Civil
W. Fred Kappel

As a Principal Engineer and Civil Engineer with diverse structural and civil engineering experience, Mr. Kappel brings his full project lifecycle expertise, from conceptual design through construction, to Kenall’s project delivery. In his 50-plus year career, he has directed many multi-disciplinary project teams, serving Municipal, Government and Industrial clients including City of Houston, Harris County, Harris County Tollroad Authority, North Texas Turnpike Authority, TxDOT etc. Mr. Kappel has been an active member of several organizations such as SAME, ASCE, AWS and served as a chairman for the Building Committee at The Woodlands United Methodist Church.

Daya Dayananda

Daya R. Dayananda, PhD, PE, CFM

Vice President / Water Works

As Vice President, Dr. Dayananda contributes a direct municipal government agency perspective to the Kenall Leadership Team, in combination with his consulting engineering experience. Over his 24-year career, he has focused on the engineering challenges of Public Works, having served as a Senior Assistant Director of Public Works at the City of Pasadena, leading projects providing water supply, water distribution network, wastewater collection and treatment, and streets and traffic-related services. Dr. Dayananda is an experienced risk manager, with practical knowledge of TCEQ, EPA and FEMA regulations and compliance. In 2008, he was named Floodplain Manager of the Year by the Texas Floodplain Management Association (TMFA), recognizing his professional excellence in the field of Floodplain Management.

Daya R. Dayananda, PhD, PE, CFM

Vice President / Water Works
Daya Dayananda
Srujan Chikyala

Srujan Chikyala, PE

Vice President / Dams and Construction

Srujan Chikyala, PE

Vice President / Dams and Construction
Srujan Chikyala

Mr. Chikyala is Kenall’s Vice President/Dams and Construction, and currently focuses his engineering, project management, and QA/QC expertise on Kenall’s civil works portfolio, including projects involving dams and levees, and related infrastructure. He has more than 9 years of professional experience in project management, civil, geotechnical and environmental engineering, soil investigation, and construction inspection, across Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and New Mexico. In addition to civil works, his engineering experience includes vertical infrastructure such as schools and colleges, commercial buildings, municipal structures, transportation facilities, and high-rise structures. He is a registered Red Cross Volunteer serving for ARC of Greater Houston, and an active member of several professional organizations including SAME, ASCE etc.

Rajesh Tolikonda

Rajesh Tolikonda, MS

Divisional Manager

Mr. Tolikonda is Divisional Manager for Kenall’s New Orleans office, dedicated to providing full service A&E capabilities to our clients in the state of Louisiana. With a diverse background in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental services, construction materials testing, and soils investigation and inspection, he combines his experience with the full range of Kenall’s services to provide solutions to various federal, state and local government agencies, and private clients. He is an active member of organizations such as ACI, SAME, ASCE, and has served as Secretary and Treasurer for ASIE. He has been involved in job fair event JOB1 for City of New Orleans, and actively involves in community events such as volunteering for MS 150, catch-basin clean-up in New Orleans, LA street clean up in Houston, coastal clean-up at Elmer’s Island in Louisiana etc.

Rajesh Tolikonda, MS

Divisional Manager
Rajesh Tolikonda