Lakshmi Reddi, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean of University Graduate School
Ph.D., Ohio State University
As Dean of the University Graduate School (UGS), Dr. Reddi provides leadership over all aspects of graduate education at Florida International University. He oversees policies and procedures necessary to ensure effective graduate student recruitment and retention, and the quality of graduate training. He directs all academic support services critical for graduate students to succeed in their scholarly work and in their postgraduate careers.
Dr. Reddi is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His academic career has been highly interdisciplinary; he has established fruitful collaborations with researchers from such diverse disciplines as Architecture, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Entomology, and Agronomy; his current research relationships extend to investigators in the Colleges of Education, Medicine, Architecture, Arts & Sciences, and Humanities. He has secured nearly eight million dollars in external funding from federal agencies (NSF, NASA, FHWA, EPA), state agencies and regional centers, and local industries.
Dr. Reddi is frequently called upon as a consultant in the areas of seepage and geoenvironmental engineering. His major consulting activities include those with Tampa Bay Water and Sunflower Electric Power Corporation. His professional activities include serving on the Board of Directors, Florida Engineering Society, and testifying before the Kansas Senate on the impact of animal waste on the environment. He has contributed to international conferences in about twenty countries, and has given invited lectures and short courses in the UK, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, India, and Switzerland. Dr. Reddi’s articles on such issues as diversity, leadership, and sustainable resources have earned him invitations to speak extensively on these topics in the US and abroad.
Dr. Reddi holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Reddi held the Gerry and Ruth Hartman Professorship and served as the Chair of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida. Prior to UCF, Dr. Reddi was at Kansas State University for fifteen years where he rose through all professorial ranks and headed the Department of Civil Engineering from 2000-2007. During his career at Kansas State University, he directed the Civil Infrastructure Systems Laboratory, served as the Outreach Director of the Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center and as the Interim Director for the University Transportation Center.